Wow, beautiful area! Great setting! Wonderful people…and eye popping varieties of pizza all spun out by mater pizzaiolo Frank.

Frank’s family comes from Calabria, and like most pizzaioli, knows a thing or two about pizza making and its history.

Trouble is, the area was familiar with only one type of pie.

So Frank, while falling asleep at night, conditions his brain to come up with some different concoctions; and voila'…in the morning he’s got his answer.

Hence the variety.

A good many of his pies are gluten free and made with whole wheat flour; or a specila blend of flours…of which he didn’t want to tell us. (However I will spill the beans on one of them and say he uses semolina flour …which gives the pie a nutty flavor.)

Lunch (or for me, breakfast) consisted of his Nonna pie, dripping with fresh plum tomato; fresh mozzarella on a whole wheat crust.

The colors on the Italian flag will draw you over like moths to a candle.

Arugula, white wine garlic sauce, fresh mozzarella, peppers…and again, the signature whole wheat crust.

The Mezza Luna pie featured grilled chicken, with a balsamic glaze, basil; and again, the hearty whole wheat crust.

That, in and of itself, is a meal!

But the piece de resistance is his Sicilian…which he calls “Pizza Rustica!”

A little different from your usual Sicilian in that the crust is thin, pan baked of course, and featuring broccoli rabe, among a garnish of sun dried tomato and mozzarella.

All his pies are made with either whole wheat flour or white, depending on your taste.

And don’t even get me started on dessert.

This too, one of Frank’s creations while dreaming…and dream he did.

It’s a flaky crusted pie featuring a mixed marscapone cheese, plus “frutta di bosco” (kind of like a whole berry compote) with a Nutella base.

Truly not for the faint of heart.

Easy to see why the locals in Milford have taken to Frank and his staff and have made them extended members of the family.

Check out the video and see for yourself.

Stop number 10 –

Mezza Luna, 633 Milford Warren Glen Rd. (at the intersection of routes 614 and 519 nestled in beautiful Hunterdon County, Milford, NJ 08848.

And be sure to be watching this spot; and listening Monday night at 11 for my pick of the “Slice of Jersey!”