Foodie site TheDailyMeal.com ranked America’s best “old school” pizzerias, and, as you might expect, the list is dotted with New Jersey restaurants. The list is not ranked, so you can decide which one is best, but here are the Garden State’s entries:

  • Benny Tudino’s in Hoboken
  • Conte’s in Princeton
  • Papa’s Tomato Pies in Robbinsville
  • Patsy’s Tavern in Paterson
  • Pizza Town USA in Elmwood Park
  • Reservoir Tavern in Boonton
  • Rome Pizza in Dunellen
  • Santillo’s Brick Oven in Elizabeth
  • Spirito’s in Elizabeth
  • Star Tavern in Orange
  • Vic’s Italian Restaurant in Bradley Beach

See the full Daily Meal list here.

I am ashamed to admit that I have only been to one of the pizzerias listed, the Star Tavern in Orange, and I loved it. I plan on stopping at Vic’s in Bradley Beach after the Bladder Cancer Walk in May.

I have also eaten at one the pizzerias on the list NOT in New Jersey: Denino’s in Staten Island. I have also eaten at the Denino’s in Brick, and both were outstanding. Every time there is a list of New Jersey’s best pizza, Santillo’s in Elizabeth is on the list, and I always resolve to eat there. This summer I will definitely make the pilgrimage.

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