Coppola’s Ristorante – 590 Central Ave, New Providence, NJ
Coppola’s is everything right about New Jersey pizza. Located in New Providence, the restaurant provides the finest Italian food, made with a Naples-inspired flair.
As for the pizza, I enjoyed a sausage slice, with the meat baked right into the pizza, just the way I love it. Some places throw the sausage on top of a slice before popping it into the oven. Hey, it is just not the same, trust me.
Next, I devoured a Sicilian pizza (square, for you people not in the pizza know). This sqaure was not too doughy and had a ton of flavor, so it was up to my Brooklyn standards of tastiness.
My girlfriend Maggie had the spinach and mozzarella slice.
All the savory offerings were outstanding, crafted with top-quality ingredients, including tangy sauce, crispy but not that hard of a crust, with delicious, fresh mozzarella to put an exclamation of excellence point on the pizzas.
Coppola’s has become my go-to spots for pizza when I am in the area.
Saporito Pizza — 100 State Route 22, Springfield, NJ
Saporito is like many of the pizza joints I used to frequent in Brooklyn. It even makes a Brooklyn Pie, a Sicilian-style pizza, with the cheese on the bottom and sauce on top.
Additionally, Saporito offers a wide variety of specialty pizzas, 22 to be exact.
Maggie and her daughter Nicole delighted in Bruschetta Pizzas (pictured in the main photo) — an old-fashioned pizza with a thin crust and flavored with oregano and roasted garlic, topped with fresh tomato and basil pesto and mozzarella (no pignoli nuts). Yes, it is amazing as looks.
But if you just in a mood for a regular cheese slice or square, you can’t go wrong. It’s very close to the New York City-style, crafted with fresh, mouthwatering sauce and mozzarella, not to mention a firm, crunchy crust.
Doria’s Pizza Restaurant — 432 Springfield Ave, Summit, N.J.
I was in search of a pizza establishment that was nearby to Chatham, where have been living for three years. So, I came across Doria’s Pizza in Summit.
When this place first opened in 1986, high hair, rubber bracelets like the ones Madonna wore, and bright neon colors were all the rage.
So, there is something to be said for longevity. And Doria’s Pizza was on the money, with its delicious slices.
Crisp and bubbling with cheesy goodness, I had two slices to go. It is another pizza place that makes close to the famous NYC-style slice.
Yes, I will be back again.
— Jerry Del Priore