LOCATION: De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies (2350 NJ-33, Robbinsville, NJ 08691)
GUEST(S): Michael Kornhauser, Kitty Kornhauser, Patrick, Robin Rothman
ORDER: 3 slices of sausage with extra tomato, 2 slices of pepperoni, 2 slices of plain with extra tomato, 1 slice of red clam
The pinnacle of pizza. Whether you call it a tomato pie or a pizza with the cheese under the sauce, De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies has been making the best of both since 1936. Three generations and three storefronts later, the current landmark (for anyone seeking to hit the all of the wonders of the pizza world) is in Robbinsville, New Jersey. The De Lorenzo family emigrated from Southern Italy in the early 20th century bringing with them their recipes, cooking techniques and authentically secret "secret sauce." Check the hours beforehand and expect a line once you arrive because everyone who has ever been to this institution is either planning to come back or already there. You can BYOB or fill up on birch beer but save room for the hand sliced tomato pies. My favorite is the sausage with extra tomato. Combining their signature crushed tomato sauce and locally sourced sausage with a low moisture mozzarella cheese specifically designed for their gas powered deck ovens would already make a great slice, but that would be leaving out the best part: the crust. Thin yet sturdy, crisp yet chewy, unique, yet perfectly uniform - no description of a De Lorenzo crust can do it justice. Just like the Grand Canyon; you have to go there to really understand what the fuss is all about so...what are you waiting for?
|Sign from the original De Lorenzo's from Trenton, NJ|
|Gas power deck ovens and make table|
|Plain cheese, extra tomato sauce|
|Slice of plain cheese with extra tomato sauce|
|Large sausage with extra tomato sauce|
|Small Clam with tomato sauce|
|Slice of pepperoni|
|Kitty, Michael, Robin, Sean, Patrick|
2. Patrick loves basketball so much that he has made a career out of it!
3. Kitty Kornhauser and Michael Kornhauser have been going to De Lorenzo's so long they know the owner, the owner's dad and the owner's grandfather. They were kind enough to introduce me to the current owner, Sam Amico (founder Alexander "Chick" De Lorenzo's grand son).
|Sam and the crew and I|
|To go pies|
21/21 = 1 x 5 = 5