Photo of the Day: March 18, 2019

Something called Pizza Fritte, which as an Italian, I did not know existed until a non-Italian showed me. You take dough (which Justin made himself), cut it into squares or triangles and pan fry. After that you can dip it in marinara sauce and sprinkle with mozzarella (like a deconstructed pizza) or assemble it like…

Takeout Joints Vol. 9: Pizza/Italian Part 5

Restaurant Review #230: Villa Pizza (Middletown) Still searching for pizzeria food that is better than just average, we landed on Villa in Middletown. This being different from the copious amounts of Villas in the area. Last year they celebrated their 30th anniversary. The inside bears some remnants of the times. The menu board is vintage. There…

Photo of the Day: November 20, 2018

Homemade pizza. I gave up on this a while ago, because my pizzas always came out looking like footballs and having the consistency of a cardboard box. Maybe it was the different treatment of the dough tonight, but the pizza actually came out like pizza. One with half mushroom, half meatball, and the other a…

Takeout Joints Vol. 7: Pizza/Italian Part 4

Restaurant Review #209: Salerno’s Pizza (Hazlet) Nothing outstanding here, but in a sea of mediocrity they do stand out a cut above. Their buffalo chicken pan pizza was absolutely perfect. Too much chicken for its own good, but did not fall apart. The crust off their pan pizza is good enough to eat on its…

Photo of the Day: June 25, 2018

I’ve yet to review Gianni’s Italian Specialty Foods in Atlantic Highlands, but they make an excellent baked ziti slice.

Restaurant Review #186: Chilangos (Highlands, NJ)

For years I had heard from people, “Chilangos is the best Mexican food in Highlands”. Well, they are right, but with a caveat: they are the only Mexican restaurant in Highlands. Actually, in the entire surrounding area. You would have to venture into Red Bank or Keyport for true Mexican food above the “fish tacos”…

Photo of the Day: June 7, 2018

And speaking of Brothers’ Pizza, here are two personal pies. Mine was a white with onion and garlic (no ricotta). Meanwhile my friend got the works on his. This place probably has the largest and most cheese-packed personal pizzas around. Appetizer or not, have never been able to finish in one sitting.