Chef Umberto from Zi Marie’s in Toms River hosted an incredible event to celebrate the excellent pizza offerings throughout the Jersey Shore. You remember Chef Umberto for his incredible restaurant which very kindly named a sandwich after me.

It's a meatball sub, order it as "the Bill Spadea meatball special".

The Chef is at it again, giving back to the community and celebrating and promoting other great restaurants around the shore area.

He hosted "Pizza Wars" at the Clarion Hotel on Toute 37 in Toms River.

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Bill and Jodi Spadea with Chef Umberto at Pizza Wars

The Chef was joined by Chef David Burke famous for more than a few successful restaurants around the country and world.

Chef Umberto, Chef David Burke, Bill Spadea at Pizza Wars
Chef Umberto, Chef David Burke, Bill Spadea at Pizza Wars

We had a four-event day so I couldn't stay to see who won, but Chef Umberto called into the show to share the winner - Zoni's in Red Bank.

And Chef Burke nailed it when he said the real reason that Jersey Pizza is so good is...attitude.

Here are a few other pizza spots that New Jerseyans like to visit.

New Jersey picks their favorite pizza places

Pizza is one of, if not the hottest topics in all of the Garden State. Everyone has a place they're loyal to and they always think it's better than your favorite place. Bill Spadea spent a couple of hours taking calls from listeners telling him where the definitive best pizzeria's in New Jersey are. Here's some of what they came up with.

Gallery Credit: Bill Spadea

The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Bill Spadea. Any opinions expressed are Bill's own.

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