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MGZ | Apr 15, 2014 05:40 AM

Not sure why, but I've been craving a solid calzone lately. I realized it's been a few years since I've treated myself to a giant half moon. The gently browned crust giving way to the knife and emitting the pillows of steam. The ricotta oozing out, the mozzarella stretching from the platter to the plate. The "holy shit we ate the whole thing" moment of over-satiation.

I'm pretty much a simple "ham and cheese(s)" calzone guy - maybe a bit of sauce on the side for the ends of the crust. I'm not adverse to other combinations of fillings and have gotten pretty weird when making smaller "pies" at home.

My recollection is that I haven't picked one up in so long because I was kinda disappointed by what we got the last few times. Consequently, I'm wondering if there are places anyone might recommend? Any particular version offered? Is there a DeLorenzo's or Spirito's of calzones? Anything you'd dare label the "best" or "must try"?

It would be a bonus for me if the there are great ones available south of the Driscoll, but I'm thinking there should be some statewide consideration of this dish that the Garden State does so well (sorta like: ).

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