[Caldwell NJ] More than 20 years ago King Umberto in Elmont NY (border of Queens) had a very thin slice of pizza not obliterated with cheese called the “Grandma”. It got its name, because that is how your Italian Grandmother would have made it. Thin crust, little cheese, not heavy on anything like a pizzeria. It caught on throughout the metro NY/NJ Area. Soon many copied it. At the time, King Umberto was not only my favorite pizza, but they were a client, so I had the convenience of going into Long Island often to visit several clients and on the way out I would get 2 pizzas. A couple of slices in the car, the rest to take home for dinner, and another one to freeze to have on hand at all times. If you hate frozen pizza, like I do, the answer is very simple. Find a pizza you love, buy an extra, package it right, freeze it, and you will certainly have pizza better than anything in the supermarket in spite of aggressive marketing ads on television.
When Tony D’s came into my home town in the early 2000s, I did not have to make that trip into Queens anymore. The pizza there was comparable. And, without having to pay tolls and sit in traffic for 2 hours to get on and over the George Washington Bridge, it was a no brainer, Tony D’s was now my favorite pizza, especially since I didn’t have to pay as much in tolls as I did for the actual pizza.
Tony D himself is behind the counter every day making the pizza. He sadly no longer makes the focaccia. It was the best I ever had, because it is as close as it came to my mother’s homemade pizza on a Friday night.
He also makes a number of other specialty pizzas, one of my favorite is the “Fat Sal” which is gargonzola and crumbled sausage. Another is the Drunken Grandma which uses vodka sauce in place of regular tomato sauce. The regular round pie is thin and delicious and it is really hard to go wrong with any of their pizza here.