For 30 years, Pizzeria Diamici has tossed its piping-hot pies and sauced its flavorful Italian fare from the same spot on Hackensack Street. The mouthwatering menu ushers its pleasing pizzas into being the moment they’re ordered, saving them from the complexion-mottling scourge of heat lamps. Gourmet and specialty pies—such as the sun-dried tomato, mushrooms, basil, and mozzarella pie or the spicy, meat-strewn four-alarm ($13.95–$15.95)—arrive loaded with ingredients fresh enough to garner a four-scold rating from the U.S. Department of Schoolmarms. The pizzeria also stuffs its calzones to the seams with savory cheeses, rendering them hefty enough to ensure that any food fight ends in mutually assured destruction.
Having a hard time deciding what pizza topping to order? Bergen Brick Oven Bar & Grill's got you covered with its Garbage pie?chefs load it up with pepperoni, ham, meatballs, broccoli rabe, peppers, and a whole host of other toppings before sliding it into a traditional brick oven till its crust is a crisp golden brown. If you're not in the mood for pizza, the bar and grill's other offerings include burgers, sandwiches served on garlic bread, and hearty entrees such as chicken picatta and eggplant parmesan.
There is nothing basic about the pies at Boardwalk Pizza. Chefs stretch dough into both pan-style and deep-dish crusts, which they slide in the oven or place in cast-iron skillets for extra crispiness. They even whip up gluten-free pies for people with allergies. Such an eclectic selection of crusts deserves an equally creative medley of toppings, and the chefs don?t disappoint. They cover pizzas with scrambled eggs and fried potatoes, hot dogs, and all the fixings of a Greek spinach pie. These inventive pizzas are served alongside other items such as burgers, heroes, and funnel cakes. After meals, kids and adults alike can move to the game room to play rounds of air hockey, pinball, and Pac-Man.
Pleasant Road Spa is a haven of relaxation and rejuvenation. Within, a team of aestheticians use renowned Dermaologica products to perform more than a dozen facial treatments, including specialized services for men and expectant mothers. Adventurous clients can dabble in advanced treatments such as glycolic peels or microdermabrasion, which intensively exfoliates the face to dissolve signs of aging or soreness from a staring contest with a raccoon. Nearby, nail techs execute soothing pedicures laced with green-tea and peppermint essential oils. Excessively hirsute guests can get un-hirsuted with an array of waxing services for the face and body.
For more than two decades, the mom-and-pop operation at Bella Pizza has fed passersby with handmade Italian pies, sub sandwiches, fresh salads, and saucy pastas. The smells of fresh stuffed and Sicilian-style pizzas waft through the cozy space, which evokes the homey, casual ambience of a neighborhood eatery. And Italian cheeses run a thread through the extensive menu of hearty Italian-American fare, from casseroles of baked chicken parmigiana to lunches of meatball heroes and golden-brown calzones.
From pizza to liverwurst to breakfast scrambles, Marc's Deli and Pizza hushes stomach grumbles with a menu of classic comfort food. Savored under a flat-screen TV in a tawny booth, food tackles the heartiest of appetites. Stacks of Boar's Head meats crowd into overstuffed sandwiches and wraps, which are complemented by housemade macaroni salad, coleslaw, potato salad, or a big slice of build-your-own pizza. The catering menu's Seafood Treasures top plates with shrimp parmesan and poached Norwegian salmon that, like pirate's treasure, can be turned into a statement necklace.