"When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie ..........."

"When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie............."

Now, this lyric doesn't make me remember Dean Martin - it just makes me hungry for pizza! I can't help it, pizza is my favorite food, even though I feel like it should be something more sophisticated.

At this point, I've given in and decided that if I like pizza that much, I should know all about the best places to get pizza in New Jersey, my new home. So, I've started a pizza tour of New Jersey and what else makes sense but to start a blog about it........

Pizza Rules

Pizza Rules:

Over the course of my life, my dad has passed on a few key things, including an appreciation of whiskey and the belief that pizza is not pizza unless it has pepperoni on it. So, I will be sampling the pepperoni pizza at each restaurant and then I will try whatever is considered the "specialty" of the place. The sauce, crust, and topping of each pizza slice/personal pie will be given a score from 1 to 5 and an overall score will be given. Then, an "originality" score will be given based on the ambiance of the place, selection of types of pizza, etc.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

First Pizza: Due Mari

So, we started the great NJ pizza search of 2011 at Due Mari in New Brunswick. It's not a typical place to get pizza and a few beers (most people there were looking for something more fru-fru like a glass of wine or a nice goat cheese spread) but I have to say it was pretty good with an overall score of 4.

I ordered the pepperoni pizza (it was a 12" personal size so I could only order one kind). The sauce (score =4) had a savory tomato flavor with strong seasonings of what I could identify (with some help from Nicole) as oregano and basil. The crust (score = 4) was thin and crispy but it still had a lot of flavor. Interestingly, the pepperoni was baked under the cheese, which I give a topping score of 3 for creativity. I also tried the cheese, sausage, and white pizza (thanks to all my friends!) and that about covers the whole menu, which led me to the score of 2 for originality since the variety of pizza was pretty limited. Again, overall it was really excellent pizza - a good start!!

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