Category Archives: NJ

Star Tavern Pizza in Orange, New Jersey


Star Tavern in Orange, New Jersey is one of the better known places in the State for pizza.  It has been in business for over 60 years, and is often found in the “best of” lists published from time to time.  I have been there a number of times, and always order a plain cheese pie, which I did for this review. I wanted to see if this really was World Famous Pizza quality, or just something they put on their website.


Armando’s Pizza Chef Fort Lee, NJ


My son was wrestling at a tournament in Fort Lee, NJ and I got extremely bored waiting for him in between matches. Since it wasn’t terribly cold out, I decided to take a walk around the area and see if I could find any food that wasn’t Korean. To my surprise I found Armando’s Pizzeria on 16th Street.

Armando’s was located amongst a small strip of stores with Korean signs by the athletic center, and I wasn’t really sure how it worked when I walked in. There was no pizza counter, and no hostess, so I waited a bit to see if anyone came out or noticed me there.


Brooklyn’s Brick Oven Pizzeria Edgewater, NJ

As a native New Yorker who relocated to New Jersey, finding good pizza on this side of the George Washington Bridge can be challenging. Even those with great reputations, while good pizza, are not really on par with what the city has to offer. However, Brooklyn’s Coal-Burning Brick Oven Pizzeria is one of the best in the state of New Jersey in my opinion, and rivals the well known brick oven pizzerias in New York City. I ordered a regular pie with mushrooms and extra cheese, no greens. (I personally do not like basil or oregano, quite similar to Pizza Expert).


Battleground Country Club Manalapan, New Jersey

It seems one of the trends we noticed here at the worstpizza offices is that of upscale hotels, bars, and country clubs who have begun serving pizza (or more probably have upgraded their pizza offerings). See as example Boca West. So in that thought process, we recently discovered Battleground Country Club in Manalapan, New Jersey.

Battleground recently invested in a Bari pizza oven, the kind you find in pizzerias all over the New York area. Battleground uses traditional pizza dough, ingredients and techniques to make a pizza that rivals your local pizzeria. The pizza’s themselves are 10’ inch personal pizzas, but are also great for sharing. The Margarita pizza is the most popular, combining all of the classic ingredients: homemade tomato sauce, basil, garlic, fresh mozzarella and finished with extra virgin olive oil. It was delicious, but my son really enjoyed The Bianca, a traditional white pie with mozzarella cheese, ricotta, fresh garlic and extra virgin olive oil.


Bakers American Bar & Grille Pizza Monroe, NJ

A new restaurant opened in western Monmouth County, NJ on the site of the old Lobster Shanty. The Lobster Shanty was sorely in the need of a facelift, but the owners went WAY past a normal renovation to come up with Bakers American Bar & Grille. And let me say, this is something that the a Monroe area sorely needed. A casual, inexpensive restaurant with GREAT food that is open LATE. Although I can go on about the food, I want to talk about the pizza. I am a pizza purest and wouldn’t normally get pizza from a regular restaurant, but walking in and seeing this beautiful wood burning oven made my mouth water. Just look at the picture, the oven reaches 900 degrees and spits out pizzas in under 2 minutes. And with hours from 11:30 AM through 1:30 AM, 7 days a week, thats a lot of pizza.


Nauna’s Bella Casa Pizza Montclair NJ


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.