Pizza in Princeton

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Golden splatters of magma embellish the eatery's fire-red walls and draw eyes to the back of the dining room, where a 10-foot-high volcano pulses with flames. Well, it's actually a custom oven, but it houses real hot lava rocks designed to cook up to 10 large Mediterranean-inspired pies in two minutes flat.

Chefs top dough made fresh daily with eclectic ingredients ranging from grilled eggplant and sun-dried tomatoes to smoked gouda and meatballs. Sharing space inside the specialty oven are vulcanas, similar to calzones and jam-packed with meats, veggies, and gooey cheese. Other fare includes certified Angus beef burgers and pitawiches, all aptly washed down with chilly fountain drinks sourced from Magma Pizza & Pita's sister restaurant, located inside of a real underground igloo.

445 Nassau Park Blvd
Princeton,
NJ
US

510 US Highway 130
East Windsor,
NJ
US

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.

US Hwy 1 & Texas Ave N
Lawrence Township,
NJ
US

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.

4351 S Broad St
Trenton,
NJ
US

Chicken alfredo, shrimp scampi, eggplant parmesan. More than 30 housemade pasta dishes emerge from the kitchen every night at Piccolo Trattoria of Newtown. Chefs scatter pistachio nuts and goat cheese into fettuccine, smother penne with baby shrimp and pesto cream sauce, and cover fusilli with oyster and shiitake mushrooms.

Earlier in the day, however, these recipes take on a different form: they become pizzas. During lunch, chefs whip up more than 20 gourmet pies, crowning them with classic pasta ingredients alongside non-Italian flavors such as taco and cheesesteak fixings. Besides tossing noodles and flinging dough, the BYOB eatery's chefs cook salmon in a port wine reduction and sauté veal with figs and mushrooms in a cognac cream sauce.

32 West Rd
Newtown,
PA
US

Using original family recipes that have been passed down through four generations, Cafe Europa’s sauce slingers make handcrafted thick sicilian and crispy brick-oven pizzas to create an authentic Italian vibe. Gourmet pizza toppings include shrimp, chopped clams, and rigatoni, and thinly sliced prosciutto and meatball parmigiana headline the café’s sandwich menu. To feed hungry late-night customers and ghosts who can’t sleep, the restaurant stays open until midnight seven days a week.

11 Market Pl
New Hope,
PA
US