New Jersey Digest Names the Top 40 Pizzas in NJ 


New Jersey Digest recently announced their ranking of the 40 best pizzas in New Jersey. Over the course of several months, Food + Drink Editor Peter Candia researched pizzas across the entirety of the Garden State to narrow down what he thinks are the best. After hundreds of pizzas and hours of research online, Candia finally released his highly-anticipated list earlier this month. 

The Best Pizza in New Jersey

The ranking spans across several different pizza styles prevalent in New Jersey, including classic slices, Neapolitan, Detroit-style, bar pizza and more.  Candia argues that New Jersey is the best state in the world and backs it up with his well-versed list. 

You’ll find obvious choices such as Patsy’s Tavern in Paterson, NJ, Coniglio’s in Morristown and Santillo’s Brick Oven Pizza. Along with well-known favorites in the state, NJ Digest also includes several lesser-known entries. Find pizzerias that might be new to you such as Holy Tomato in Blackwood, Artie’s in Maplewood and Little Falls’ Mainline Pizzeria.  The list is meant to be read in no particular order.

There are a number of reasons why New Jersey pizza is so highly regarded.

  • Fresh, high-quality ingredients. New Jersey is known for its fresh tomatoes, which are essential for making a great pizza sauce. The state also has a number of other local farms and producers that provide fresh, high-quality ingredients for pizza, such as mozzarella cheese, bread flour, and fresh herbs.
  • Traditional pizza-making techniques. Many New Jersey pizzerias use traditional pizza-making techniques, such as hand-kneading the dough and cooking the pizza in a coal-fired oven. These techniques help to produce a pizza with a thin, crispy crust and a flavorful sauce.
  • Diverse range of pizza styles. New Jersey is home to a diverse range of pizza styles, from the classic New York-style slice to the more unique tomato pie. This variety gives pizza lovers a lot of options to choose from, depending on their personal preferences.
  • Passion for pizza. New Jerseyans are passionate about their pizza. Many of the state’s pizzerias are family-owned and operated, and the owners take pride in making a great pizza. This passion is evident in the quality of the pizza that is served at New Jersey pizzerias.

Ultimately, whether or not New Jersey pizza is the best in the world is a matter of personal opinion. However, there is no doubt that New Jersey is home to some of the best pizza in the United States.

In addition to the above, here are some other reasons why New Jersey pizza is so popular:

  • New Jersey is centrally located in the Northeast, making it a convenient destination for pizza lovers from all over the region.
  • New Jersey is home to a large Italian-American population, which has helped to keep traditional pizza-making techniques alive.
  • New Jersey has a strong culinary scene, and pizza is one of the most popular food items in the state.

If you’re ever in New Jersey, be sure to try one of the places on the list, you will not be disappointed.

The Top 40 Pizzas in NJ: The Tour

To celebrate the release of the top pizzas list, New Jersey Digest released a shirt commemorating the effort. The t-shirt includes all 40 pizzerias and their location on the back and a fun design on the front that resembles a t-shirt you would find at your favorite band’s world tour.  You can check out the shirt here:

The Best Pizza in the World

Whether New Jersey actually does have the greatest pizza in the world is entirely subjective, but New Jersey Digest seems to think that saying so is a no-brainer.  Dive into the 40 best pizzas in New Jersey and find out if your favorite spot made the cut. 

About New Jersey Digest

New Jersey Digest is an online magazine that covers culture, food, exploration, and more. The magazine was founded in 2009 and has become a popular resource for residents and visitors to New Jersey alike. The magazine features articles on topics such as:

  • New restaurants and bars
  • Cultural events and festivals
  • Outdoor activities and recreation
  • Travel guides and recommendations
  • Interviews with local artists and entrepreneurs

The New Jersey Digest online magazine is a great way to learn more about what New Jersey has to offer and to stay up-to-date on the latest news and happenings in the state.