Friday, October 12, 2018

Day 10, 2018: Reservoir Tavern (Boonton, NJ)


Waiting Room

Dining area

Exterior from street

DAY 10: OCTOBER 10th, 2018

LOCATION: Reservoir Tavern (92 Parsippany Blvd, Boonton, NJ 07005)

GUEST(S): Robin Rothman, Jon Monje, Terry Jinn, Alexis Saarela, Bea, Christine Riddles, John Loiacono

ORDER: 1 slice of Buffalo Chicken (breaded chicken tossed in hot sauce and crumbled gorgonzola cheese on a light layer of tomato sauce and melted mozzarella cheese) bar pie, 1 slice of Capri (broccoli rabe, roasted red peppers, fresh mozzarella and garlic) small pie, 1 slice of Clam and Garlic (chopped clams, garlic, melted mozzarella on a white pizza) bar pie, 1 slice of Danno's (shrimp baked with mozzarella and vodka sauce sprinkled with fresh basil) bar pie, 1 slice of Gatto di Potato (sliced potato, bacon, fresh tomatoes and garlic on a white pizza) small pie, 1 slice of Margherita (white pizza with fresh tomato slices, fresh basil, and fresh mozzarella) bar pie, 1 slice of pepperoni bar pie.

New Jersey pizza dynasty.  There is no way when Nicola Bevacqua founded the Reservoir Tavern back in 1936 that he could have foreseen it might still be around over 80 years later, still being run by his family and having firmly established itself as a pizza institution,  After all, he opened his Italian kitchen in Boonton, New Jersey, a small town that has seen its fair share of industries come and go since its founding in 1761. First there was the Ironworks, then a silk factory, then a hard rubber company, then there was the molded plastics and even an edible oils company opened up shop in Boonton only to eventually close so why should an Italian restaurant be any different? The answer is in the pizza! Erratically shaped pillowy crust make each pie unique while the signature topping combinations make each pie delicious. I recommend the Danno's pizza which combines flavorful shrimp and melted mozzarella with a rich vodka sauce and fresh basil. If you're sharing with a friend, get the slice with toppings distributed as close to the edge as possible. The brick oven crust has a surprisingly light and airy consistency - given its puffy nature - but nothing can compete with the superb flavors of the creative high quality toppings. Given how affordable everything on the menu is, next time I plan to order some of the non-pizza Bevacqua family recipes.  Oh, but I will also order Reservoir Tavern pizza...and plenty of it!


Capri pie

Gatto di Potato pie

Buffalo Chicken pie

Pepperoni bar pie


Danno's pie

Margherita pie

Clam and Garlic pie

slice of Buffalo Chicken

Slice of Danno's

Day 10 bite

Day 10 instagram


1. Robin Rothman has tickets available for her Fringe NYC show. Please come! Here is a link for tickets.  She will be busking on the day of her first show to get folks to come.

2. John Loiacono plays the bagpipes.  He's played in two bands, parades, funerals and even in Scotland!

3. Alexis Saarela just finished working at New York's comicCon last week.

4. Bea gave the pizza "20 stars."

5. Terry Jinn drank a beverage, thus making it an official anniversary of the annual pizza blog & beverage journal crossover event.

6. Christine Riddles was an online dating pioneer and living proof that it works. 



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18.5/21 = .881 x 5 = 4.40

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