New York

New Jersey Now Has an Official Pizza Trail Featuring These 10 Iconic Pizzerias

From authentic flavors to more modern pies, there are pizzas for everyone.

Photo courtesy of Porta Jersey City
Photo courtesy of Porta Jersey City
Photo courtesy of Porta Jersey City

NYC might have the best pizzeria in the country-according to some critics-but New Jersey surely knows how to hold its own. Crowned the best pizza state in America by Food + Wine, New Jersey just unveiled a new fundamental tool for pizza tourism: an official pizza trail.

Pizza lovers in the area now have an ultimate pizza guide at their fingertips, and can follow the state’s pizza trail to experience the best authentic slices and the most delicious modern joints. There are 10 pizzerias on the trail, and each of them features signature traits to appeal to every palate.

New Jersey officials are proud of the new handy guide, and believe its a helpful tool to both help hungry pizza fans find the best spots and to support the state’s culinary scene.

“As the third largest producer of tomatoes in the entire country, this key pizza-making ingredient not only sets New Jersey’s classic ‘tomato pies’ apart from any ordinary pizza, but also sets our restaurants apart too,” Jeff Vasser, the executive director of the New Jersey division of travel and tourism, told Food + Wine. “The trail is a quick and easy guide for any pizza enthusiast to find the best slice anywhere they may roam in New Jersey.”

Here’s an overview of the 10 pizzerias featured in the New Jersey pizza trail:

Benny Tudino
Where: Hoboken
Social Media Page: @bennytudinos on Instagram
Signature Pizza Style: Classic Italian “no frills” pizza featuring the “biggest slices around”

The Original Thin Crust Pizza Company
Where: East Brunswick
Social Media Page: The Original Thin Crust Pizza Company on Facebook
Signature Pizza Style: Super-thin crust based on a 60-year-old family recipe

De Lorenzo’s Tomato Pies
Where: Robbinsville
Social Media Page: @delorenzos_tomato_pies on Instagram
Signature Pizza Style: Authentic Italian thin-crust pizza and signature Italian tomato pies

Talula’s
Where: Asbury Park
Social Media Page: @talulaspizza on Instagram
Signature Pizza Style: Sourdough pizza with gourmet toppings (vegan and vegetarian options available)

Brooklyn Square Pizza
Where: Toms River, Manalapan Township and Jackson Township
Social Media Page: @brooklynsquarepizza on Instagram
Signature Pizza Style: Traditional Italian pies and their famous upside-down pie

Ferazzoli’s Italian Kitchen
Where: Rutherford
Social Media Page: @ferrazzolis_kitchen on Instagram
Signature Pizza Style: Local favorites like the “Grandma Pie” featuring square thin crust

Calabria Restaurant & Pizzeria
Where: Livingston
Social Media Page: @calabriarestaurant on Instagram
Signature Pizza Style: Their famous Calabria Crunchy Thin pizza

Manco & Manco Pizza
Where: Ocean City
Social Media Page: @mancoandmanco on Instagram
Signature Pizza Style: Their signature thin and crispy pizza, which has been on the menu since their first location opened in 1956

Federici’s Family Restaurant
Where: Freehold
Social Media Page: @federicisrestaurant on Instagram
Signature Pizza Style: Their award-winning thin crust pizza, which comes with both traditional and more modern toppings, like their buffalo chicken.

Porta
Where: Asbury Park, Montclair, and Jersey City
Social Media Page: Porta Asbury Park, Porta Montclair, and Porta Jersey City on Facebook
Signature Pizza Style: Authentic Neapolitan pizza featuring gourmet toppings

For more information and to take a look at the complete pizza trail descriptions, you can visit this website.

Want more Thrillist? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, TikTok, and Snapchat.

Serena Tara is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

Get the latest from Thrillist Australia delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe here.

Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

Related

Our Best Stories, Delivered Daily
The best decision you'll make all day.