“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy pizza, and that’s kind of the same thing.”
Let’s cut to the chase — New Jersey boasts some pretty killer pizza. In fact, some would venture to say it’s better than New York. (Gasp!) From crispy, thin-crust pies to smokey, wood-fired creations, the Jersey Shore has options for every pizza lover. So, how do you choose? Check out our list of the best NJ pizza spots and take your taste buds on a cheesy journey! Then, access our Free Vacation Guide for even more dining recommendations.
5 NJ Pizza Spots You Need to Visit
1. Talula’s | Asbury Park
Fresh ingredients and funky names draw diners to Talula’s Pizza on Cookman Ave. Got a vegan in your group? Try the Clint Eats-good with cashew pepper jack cheese, buffalo tempeh, peppers, onions, ranch, and parsley. If you prefer something classic, try the Margie with tomato sauce, house mozzarella, and fresh basil. Other popular pies include the Beekeepers Lament drizzled with local honey and the Spuds McKenzie topped with mashed potatoes.
2. Porta | Asbury Park
Porta takes pizza seriously. That means doing things the right way — not the easy way. This pizzeria makes all of their mozzarella and ricotta cheeses in-house. Their ovens were built by hand in Naples, and the flour and tomatoes are brought in from Italy. You’ll taste the difference as soon as you bite into that first slice.
3. Pete & Elda’s Bar/Carmen’s Pizzeria | Neptune City
Jersey folks know that the longer a pizza joint has been around, the better it is. Pete & Elda’s Bar/Carmen’s Pizzeria is one of those places. This veteran bar was voted Best Pizza on the Jersey Shore by the Asbury Park Press and has served hungry patrons for over 50 years. After a few hours in the sun, enjoy a slice with a cold, refreshing beer. Or, if you’re up for the challenge, try to finish an entire XXL pie and join the Whole Pie Eater’s Club!
4. Vic’s Italian Restaurant | Bradley Beach
Another tried-and-true pizzeria is Vic’s. Vittorio “Vic” Giunco came over from Genoa, Italy, in the 1910s and settled in Bradley Beach. He opened a small bar called Vic’s Tap Room in 1933, and four generations later, Vic’s Italian Restaurant is still going strong. The family-owned eatery serves thin-crust tomato pies, sandwiches, and Italian dishes made with love.
5. TJ’s Pizza | Ocean Grove
We all know the feeling: you’re sitting in your hotel room, minding your own business, when BAM! The pizza craving hits. Luckily, TJ’s Pizza is just a mile away from the Ocean Plaza Hotel and Ocean View Inn! Choose from a wide variety of classic pies (cheese, pepperoni, etc.) or opt for a unique specialty pizza. Calzones, salads, subs, and fat sandwiches are also available. Be sure to check the daily specials board!
Come Take a Bite
Whether you’re planning your annual summer vacation or a winter getaway, you’ll have easy access to delicious NJ pizza when you stay in Ocean Grove. The Ocean View Inn and Ocean Plaza Hotel are minutes away from the area’s best restaurants and attractions. We invite you to enjoy our comfortable accommodations, exceptional service, and complimentary breakfast each morning.
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