Written for MyCentralJersey.com
Everyone likes a good old-fashioned slice of pepperoni pie to finish off a long week.
However, would you prefer to have a pizza that’s decked out with spaghetti and meatballs? What about a pizza that’s been smothered in shrimp marinara?
Luckily for Central Jerseyans, our region is stacked with pizzerias that offer specialty pies that are creative and mouth-watering, all sure to induce a full stomach and a yearning for just one more slice.
Check out these six local spots that serve much more than just a pepperoni pie (though there’s nothing wrong with that choice either!).
Cheesesteak Pizza at Goodfellows Pizza and Italian Specialties. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Goodfellows Pizza and Italian Specialties)
Goodfellows Cheesesteak Pizza at Goodfellows Pizza and Italian Specialties at 3 Johnson Ln., Parlin
The Parlin pizza spot serves up a cheesesteak pizza made with ground beef steak, sauteed peppers, onions and mushrooms topped with mozzarella and one other ingredient that sets it apart from other cheesesteaks – Alfredo sauce.
Tyler Cardigan, counter employee, said that customers love the pie because they appreciate its use of Alfredo sauce rather than the typical tomato sauce.
Customers can get a large, 16-inch pie for $20.10.
To find out more, call 732-707-4455 or visit goodfellowstakeout.com.
Shrimp scampi pizza is a popular seafood pizza at Carlo’s. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Carlo’s Gourmet Pizza)
Shrimp Scampi Pizza at Carlo’s Gourmet Pizza at 326 US Highway 9, Manalapan
Carlo’s serves various seafood pizzas, include a seafood fra diavolo and a pie topped with clams, however its shrimp scampi pizza, which is shrimps and scampi sauce layered with pizza crust and cheese, is one of its most popular.
Carlo Amato, owner of the restaurant, said that since people love seafood, that pie and their other seafood pizzas have been a huge hit.
A large, 16-inch pie can be purchased for $18.
To learn more, call 732-536-6070 or visit carlosgourmetpizza.com.
Lubrano’s Pizzeria and Restaurant serves a spaghetti and meatball pizza. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Lubrano’s Pizzeria and Restaurant)
Spaghetti and Meatball Pizza at Lubrano’s Pizzeria and Restaurant at 1830 Easton Ave., Somerset
The thin-crusted pizza, topped with chopped meatballs mixed with pasta, tomato sauce and cheese spread over dough was just an idea cooked up by Lubrano’s Pizzeria, but it turned out to be such a good seller that owner Angie Lubrano now makes it every Friday.
“This pizza creates a full meal for sure,” she said. “People have one slice and they don’t need to eat anything else.”
For $20, customers can get a 16-inch pie.
To get more information, call 732-271-1144 or visit lubranospizzeria.com.
The chicken barbecue pizza, which features chicken, cheddar cheese and tangy barbecue sauce – has worked out pretty well for Antonio’s Pizzeria and Restaurant. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Antonio’s Pizzeria and Restaurant)
Chicken Barbecue Pizza at Antonio’s Pizzeria and Restaurant at 337 Applegarth Road, Monroe Township
The chicken barbecue pizza, which features chicken, cheddar cheese and tangy barbecue sauce, has worked out well for Antonio’s Pizzeria and Restaurant.
“Some people come in just for that slice,” said Danny Miller, manager.
A slice costs $3.50 and a 16-inch large pie costs $16.95.
To learn more, call 609-395-9195 or visit antoniosrestaurantmonroe.com.
An upside-down Sicilian pizza from Sal’s Gourmet Pizzeria. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Sal’s Gourmet Pizzeria)
Upside-Down Sicilian Pie at Sal’s Gourmet Pizzeria and Restaurant at 220 Triangle Road #229, Hillsborough Township
Love Sicilian pizza? Then you may just be a fan of Upside-Down Sicilian Pie, which is a Sicilian pizza in Brooklyn-style made backwards – that is, layered with sliced mozzarella on the dough, followed by tomato sauce, extra-virgin olive oil and topped with pecorino romano cheese and basil.
The 8-slice square pie, which isn’t on the menu but is available on request, costs $17 and Guiseppe Garcia, manager, said that his customers think it’s well worth it – they call it the best pizza in the area and are thrilled with its New York-style.
To learn more, call 908-369-6944 or visit salsgourmetpizzanj.com.
A bruschetta pizza from Delizia Pizza. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Delizia Pizza)
Bruschetta Pizza at Delizia Pizza at 146 Route 31, Flemington
One of the restaurant’s most popular pies, the bruschetta pizza at Delizia Pizza features ricotta and Parmesan cheese on top of tomato, basil, garlic, onions, olive oil and oregano in true-bruschetta style.
Zee Murdoeiz, owner of the pizzeria, said that everyone is a fan of the specialty pie.
The 18-inch pizza costs $18.50.
To find out more, call 908-237-4502 or visit deliziapizzanj.com.