On my way to Washington D.C. for the holiday weekend, I took a detour off the New Jersey turnpike for a soujourn to DeLorenzo's Pizza on Hamilton Avenue in Trenton/Hamilton(?). I have been meaning to try this place for years pursuant to a recommendation I got from Italian barber in Hoboken who grew up in Trenton. I got there around 2:30 p.m. on Good Friday and the place was bustling, full of families enjoying the Good Friday holiday. The place had a good neighborhood feel, it was the only business in a very residential area of the town. Waiters in bowties, pizza only menu (called tomatoe pies), no slices, birch beer. We were off to a good start. We ordered a large plain pie and two birch beers. The pizza arrived fairly promptly, very good friendly service, and I was absolutely stunned by how good it was. The crust was thin and crispy and cooked properly IMHO (brown on the edges), very tasty sauce (tangy with the right amount of sweetness, unlike any sauce I have ever had) and good cheese. It just all came together perfectly.
I eat at Patsy's in East Harlem pretty regularly and for my dollar that is the best old-fashioned slice in Manhattan. I have been to New Haven and out to DiFara's. I have to tell you, DeLorenzo's was as good as any pizza I have ever had. It is right up there with any of them. I found myself standing in the kitchen on the way to the bathroom (which is in the kitchen) involuntarily thanking the pizza chef and his young apprentice. It was that good.
Thank you DeLorenzo's for providing me with an good old-fashioned pizza. I am already looking at my calender trying to figure out a Saturday I can get back down there. They are closed Sun/Mon.
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