Pizza in Hopatcong Hills

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Each morning, TJ?s Pizza?s chefs craft mounds of pizza dough from scratch. They stretch out crusts into rounds or squares sprinkled with classic toppings or premium ingredients like balsamic chicken, sun dried tomatoes, ranch dressing, and chipotle sauce. In addition to pies, the dough forms calzone pockets, which are then deep-fried. The pizzeria also serves oven-baked sandwiches and baked pasta dishes.

147 Woodport Rd
Sparta,
NJ
US

Bensi co-owner Genci Previzi helms an immense menu of classic Italian cuisine, including hearty homestyle dishes with roots in Calabria, Italy. Entrees, joined by a house salad or cup of comforting housemade soup, range from spaghetti and meatballs to gluten-free grilled chicken in a lemon-garlic marinade served over a veggie medley. The chefs also prepare an array of specials such as pignoli-crusted goat cheese and arugula salad, barolo-braised veal osso buco, pan-seared Chilean sea bass with eggplant caponata, and nutella chocolate pizza with fresh strawberries. The dishes are served in a modern dining atmosphere where minimal table settings and simple dark-wood furniture keep the focus on the vibrant cuisine.

3056 Route 10
Denville,
NJ
US

Decorative bottles of olive oil perch atop Anna Marie’s display case filled with freshly-baked pizzas, lending a rustic Italian air to the cozy trattoria. Cooks crown these specialty pies and calzones with spinach, Bermuda onions, pepperoni, and hot cherry peppers, as well as whip up colorful plates of veal marsala and chicken or eggplant parmesan. They also crafts more than two dozen gourmet sandwiches named for celebrities, such as the Joe Pesci with roast beef, turkey, ham, and cole slaw, and the Michelangelo, whose recipe consisting of fresh mozzarella, arugula, and tomatoes is painstakingly painted on the ceiling.

321 Route 15
Wharton,
NJ
US

From the dining room, you can watch the Mancino's chefs slide pizzas in and out of the brick oven, each pie emerging with a crispy golden crust. Though pizza is the main attraction, the chefs also assemble hearty sandwiches and whole-wheat pasta dishes, paired with Italian staples such as prosciutto di parma and freshly baked ciabatta bread.

Mancino's has exchanged the standard-issue red-checked tablecloths for crisp, white linens. Wall sconces and dangling pendant lights illuminate the restaurant's tastefully minimal dining room, the kind of place where the queen might celebrate her pizza-party jubilee.

99 Bloomfield Ave
Denville,
NJ
US

Homemade meatballs nestle into piles of spaghetti under a blanket of fresh red sauce. Local produce tops crisp pizzas, and hot and cold sandwiches embrace fillings with locally procured bread. Here at Macchu Pizza & Tomato Pies, one wide window permits lots of light into the room, whose simple, spare decor allows the food to remain the centerpiece.

157 Halsey Rd.
Parsippany,
New Jersey
US

The toppings on Marco's Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant's pies could be meals in their own right. There's the chicken parmigiana pizza, layered with mozzarella, marinara, and a breaded chicken cutlet, and the philly cheesesteak pizza, heaped with sliced beef, saut?ed onions, and melted American cheese. Another is dressed like a cheeseburger, while yet another is topped with a serving of baked ziti. Not surprisingly, all of those toppings are available in traditional meal form, too, thanks to an extensive menu of sandwiches, burgers, pasta dinners, and panini. ?Marco's also caters, whether for a graduation party or if Thanksgiving dinner fell on the floor.

180 Parsippany Rd
Parsippany,
NJ
US