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.
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Heralded by the New York Times for its "big flavors," El Sham Restaurant transports taste buds to Middle Eastern meze tables with an authentic menu of halal sandwiches and platters. Served with olive oil, labneh and hummus plates deftly prime palates for near-east feasts, as does the baba gannouj, an earthy medley of mashed eggplant. El Sham's handheld eats stuffed with falafel, kafta kebab, or lamb shawarma entice appetites with enough boldness to make the Earl of Sandwich's ascot flutter. Alternatively, diners can opt for one of the eatery's piping-hot platters, such as succulent chicken chops or moussaka, which pairs meat and fresh eggplant with rice and a zesty tomato sauce. Although not included with today's Groupon, diners can cap off taste-treks with crispy mamouls, which emerge from kitchens flanked by a ragtag retinue of dates or walnuts plucked from one of Mr. Peanut's cocktail parties ($2.95 each). Dulcet Mediterranean melodies tickle ears as guests relax amid the eatery's spare wood furnishings, bubbling fish tank, and Middle Eastern décor.
The chefs in the kitchen of Limoncello's Italian Grill crown 75 different specialty pizzas with fresh ingredients including ricotta cheese, fresh garlic, and spinach. In addition to paninis stuffed with mozzarella and marinated eggplant, the cooks craft hearty lunch and dinner entrees such as grilled tilapia pesto with fried calamari, scallops, and tomato pappardelle pasta.
Welcoming guests with an ornate entryway with a curlicue chandelier and bright orange walls is just one way Shahi Palace treats its guests like royalty. The ambiance continues into the dining room, with gold walls, red accents, and matching carpeting. Whether diners are in the banquet room celebrating a wedding, a birthday, or the beginning of National Adopt a Cat Month, or even if they're there to enjoy the weekend brunch buffet, they can break rounds of naan over Indian and Pakistani dishes that are 100% halal.
Unlike jerk-chicken pudding or fried-tuna Twinkies, ice cream makes for a delectable dessert that properly caps off any meal. At Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream and Treatery, patrons can sample a huge menu of ice cream and other treats that are sure to slap a smile on any face and massage taste buds with sugary strokes. Try ice cream in flavor combinations such as the strawberry skateboard, with sprinkles, gummy bears, and marshmallows, or the cotton-candy ski jump, with M&Ms and marshmallows. Prices range from $2.99 to $6.99 for a cup or cone, $5.99 for a pint, and $7.99 for a quart. Ice-cream cupcakes ($12.95 per 6-pack) can be enjoyed with a spoon or spoon-fingers. Dream cakes ($19.95+), on the other hand, come in appropriately oneiric flavors such as s’mores and strawberry cheesecream and are available in 6”, 8”, and sheet-cake sizes. Health-conscious hedonists can indulge in strawberry-banana, mango, and mocha smoothies, while ice-cream pizzas topped with white-chocolate curls will perplex pizza-party attendees before blasting away reservations with deliciousness.
After planting roots in Latin America 40 years ago, Pollo Campero branched out across borders, planting more than 50 locations in the U.S and across the world. Today, at its Trenton location, chefs marinate and season chicken by hand, using a special blend of herbs and spices. After grilling or frying, the flavorful morsels are tucked into tortillas to make burritos, slide between slices of sandwich bread, or nestle into family meals alongside up to 19 other pieces. Patrons can cart their meals home for consumption or stick around to impress passerby by juggling their chicken wings in front of the eatery's broad windows.