Posted By: Pizza Expert on July 9th, 2010
My mother in law suggested we try Nauna’s Italian Restaurant while driving through Montclair, New Jersey.
They desperately need a new website! But we will not focus on the website now, but if you happen to click on it you will see that they have spent about zero dollars on their attention to it. I was hoping they spent more time and care on to the pizza I was about to eat.
I wasn’t sure if I should get a regular or a Sicilian slice, but since the regular looked a bit old in the display case, I opted for the Sicilian. Seeing this pie come out of the oven, made me think I was about to have one of the better Sicilian slices I have ever had in New Jersey. It was cooked perfectly, the cheese looked delightful, and the crust seemed perfectly crisp. I guess looks can be totally deceiving.
In my opinion Nauna’s does not use the finest ingredients. Although the slice was truly cooked perfectly (they definitely get this part of the process right), the sauce tasted pretty horrible. The cheese tasted almost buffet style. If they ordered anything from the higher end of the cheese spectrum from their supplier I would be shocked. The crust (although cooked perfect) had almost no flavor to it. The pie was just bland, outside of the taste of the sauce, which really did nothing for me. The staff starred at me the whole time I was eating, which was a bit creepy.
I was kind of surprised to see that Nauna’s was recently voted the best pasta & sauce in NJ by the Star Ledger’s Munchmoblie. Obviously these reviewers have not had many other slices of pie, because in my opinion I could almost say with certainty there are better slices to be found around.
It should be noted that our server was truly sweet. She was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu, which is a huge plus in my book. She took pride in working there, and didn’t seem like family. So although, maybe I got a weird vibe from the guys behind the counter, the servers seem to give off nothing but a warm…inviting vibe.
Should I ever be in the area again, I will go back to Nauna’s to try the regular slice, since so many of their local fans swear by it. I wonder how many of those reviews around the web are actually real though…. we will find out.
Nauna’s Bella Casa gets 3 out of 8 slices.