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Quote of the Day: Expat Eats

"I moved from Trenton, New Jersey, across the river to Pennsylvania. I miss the pizza. I'm not kidding. I had no idea we had the best pizza on the universe, until I'm just a little too far to get it anymore." —PerkyMac, from Serious Eats Talk... More

De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies, Redux

Editor's note: Slice reader Rich DeFabritus joins us today with an update on a Trenton, New Jersey, legend. —Adam The legend continues—De Lorenzo's Robbinsville (2350 US Highway 33, Robbinsville, NJ; (609)-341-8480). New location is bigger, but crowds still a mainstay, so get here early or be prepared to wait. Words and Photographs by Rich DeFabritus | British author Benjamin Disraeli was quoted as saying, “change is inevitable, change is constant”. And while many are resistant to change, it’s as certain as death and taxes. Recognizing this, the famed New Jersey landmark, De Lorenzo’s Tomato Pies, has embraced change and done... More

'USA Today' Pizza Roundup

The previous post about Ed Levine's top pizza picks drew some emailed and IMed responses that the choices were mostly all coastal and that there were no Chicago joints on it whatsoever. Well, here's a list that ran earlier this month in USA Today. In it, Jeff Ruby, coauthor of Everybody Loves Pizza (along with Penny Pollack), gives the paper his and Ms. Pollack's top spots: Metro Pizza [four locations, Las Vegas NV; metropizza.com] "The pizza menu at this gourmet oasis in the desert reads like a map of regional flavors. With grilled shrimp on the New Orleans, barbecued chicken... More

Pizza and a Movie in Trenton, Anyone?

Some of you pizzaheads may already have Pizza! The Movie on your radar. Word is that the producers (see photo, above) have finished it and it's being screened at various film festivals. The nearest screening to Slice HQ will be in Trenton, New Jersey, on Sunday May 7 at 2:30 p.m., as part of the Trenton Film Festival. Anybody up for making a pizza road trip out there? Here's the plan: We'll take the 12:13 p.m. NJTransit Northeast Corridor Line from Penn Station and arrive in Trenton at 1:37 p.m. Round-trip Off-Peak tix are $19.50 each. From there, it's... More

A Slice of Heaven: American Pizza Timeline

Here's the American Pizzeria Timeline, which includes only two non–Pizza Belt entries, Tommaso's and Uno's: 1905: Lombardi's, on Spring Street in New York City, is granted the nation's first license to sell pizza. 1910: Joe's Tomato Pies opens in the Trenton, New Jersey, Chambersburg neighborhood. 1912: Papa's Tomato Pies in Trenton opened by Papa, who learned his trade at Joe's. 1924: Anthony (Totonno) Pero leaves Lombardi's and opens Totonno's in Coney Island, New York. 1925: Frank Pepe opens on Wooster Street in New Haven, Connecticut.... More

A Slice of Heaven: The Pizza Belt

You've heard of the corn belt and the rust belt. But what about the Pizza Belt, the part of America that gave birth to what Jeffrey Steingarten calls Neapolitan-American pizza. The Pizza Belt starts in Philadelphia and runs through Trenton and the rest of New Jersey. It extends throughout New York, Long Island, and New Haven and ends in Boston. Think of it as the Interstate 95 belt, with a few detours along the way. It was in New York that Neapolitan immigrant and grocery store owner Gennaro Lombardi was granted the nation's first Ilcense to sell pizza in 1905.... More

Tomayto, Tomahto, Alito

From Law.com comes a story connecting recently confirmed Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. with the famed tomato pies of Trenton, New Jersey. "Tomato pies" are, of course, what Trenton calls pizza. The reporter visits the DeLorenzo's on Hudson Street and finds: An answer to the Alito question has emerged with the pizza. This is pizza minimalism at its best. Unlike pizza chains that think they have to heap on the ingredients to win customers, De Lorenzo's is confident enough to know that less is more. Barely enough crust and cheese, not too much tomato and an emphasis on toppings... More

De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies, Trenton, New Jersey

Sibling Rivalry: The sign on the left marks your arrival at De Lorenzo's Hamilton Avenue, a favorite of Chambersburg residents, as well as the celebrities whose pictures dot the walls inside. De Lorenzo's Hudson Street, right, is a converted row house with limited seating and no public restroom. Arrive prior to opening hours, as the hungry crowd grows quickly. Otherwise, a two-hour wait is not uncommon. DE LORENZO'S HAMILTON Location: 1007 Hamilton Ave., Trenton, NJ 08629 Phone: 609-393-2952 Payment: Cash only The Skinny: Bigger and more diner friendly than its sister pizzeria; crust has a more consistent crispness DE... More

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