Fresh dough bubbles up around house-made mozzarella, sauces cooked daily, and recently reaped toppings at The Pizza Kitchen. The menu's savory starters parade bacon-wrapped scallops and potato skins cradling buffalo chicken and blue cheese, ideal for snacking on game day or luring a mascot out from under the bed. Stone-lined ovens, inspired by the co-owner's personal outdoor kitchen, exhale fiery currents across pizzas outfitted with meatballs, bacon, green peppers, mushrooms or a host of other toppings. Diners carry out dough disks and two liters of soda for at-home feasts or picnics uninterrupted by cutlery salesmen.
Rick DeLorenzo Jr.'s family inheritance is more than just a recipe for thin-crust pizza—it's a tradition of hard work and dedication. After emigrating from a small Italian town called San Fele, his grandparents settled in a row home on Hudson Street in Trenton. They raised 12 children there, all of whom became well-versed in the application of elbow grease. Circa 1938, DeLorenzo's uncle Joe opened the first family pizzeria at the corner of Hudson and Mott Streets. Four of the older brothers formulated the signature Trenton tomato-pie recipe—a supercrispy thin crust topped with garden-fresh california tomatoes and wisconsin cheese—and passed it on to four younger brothers, including DeLorenzo's father. Today, the pizzaiolo duties are carried on by DeLorenzo and his children, Michael, Melissa, and Maria.
The menu at DeLorenzo's Pizza has earned high praise in several newspaper articles and a spot on Dash’s list of America's best slices. After enjoying a tomato pie, Rich Defabritus of the Slice food blog said, "The balance struck between the sauce and cheese is about as close to perfection as you could get." Wood-paneled walls and old-timey memorabilia give the restaurant a nostalgic, throwback vibe, similar to the pizza parlor where Frank Sinatra first read a menu with his famously blue-tinted contact lenses.
Helmed by Vinny and Antonio Mannino, Mannino’s Family Restaurant offers diners the simple pleasures of Italian cuisine prepared by experienced chefs. Pizza-making pros toss doughy discs to craft more than 25 Sicilian and gourmet pies, topped with the likes of steak, mozzarella, and fresh basil. Veal nine ways includes classic preparations of piccata and marsala, stuffed pastas are filled with manicotti and meat confetti, and a kids’ menu is home to swirl-able plates piled with spaghetti and meatballs
Chefs at Fat Tony's populate a family-friendly menu with bubbling pizzas, brimming subs, and classic Italian entrees. Pizzas are tossed fresh daily with handmade dough, including slices of inside-out deep-fried pizza ($4.25+), sicilian cheese pies ($13) that arrive bare but for creamy mozzarella and zesty sauce, and 13 different gourmet pies ($10.50–$16) bearing toppings such as prosciutto, pineapple, or pesto. Seven ounces of thinly sliced sirloin fill each steak sandwich ($5.50−$7) and the verdant vegetarian sandwich ($6) cultivates a garden of spinach, peppers, and broccoli inside its gate of fresh italian bread. Venerable Italian dinners such as sliced eggplant or chicken cutlet parmesan ($9.50) preside over debates between forks and tablecloths to see who can throw the most food on the floor.
At Apollo’s casual eatery, cooks layer freshly baked Italian rolls with a variety of deli meats and cheeses and top from-scratch pizza dough with herbs, sauce, and a house-blended mix of cheeses. When they’re not hand-tossing dough or stuffing strombolis with custom ingredients, they’re crafting homemade meat lasagna, sausage-stuffed pasta shells, and seafood plates such as fillet of flounder. They also prepare hoagies, burgers, and a sextet of salads made with garden-fresh veggies.