I’m Sorry New Jersey, But The Best Pizza Isn’t Here [Editorial]
New Jersey has some great pizza.
I love a grandma's pie from Capone's in Toms River.
The Sawmill's legendarily huge slices are iconic for a reason.
But, I'm sorry New Jersey, the best pizza I've ever had isn't in the Garden State.
And, no, this isn't another New York pizza vs. Chicago pizza diatribe. My pick for the best pizza will probably surprise you.
The best pizza I've ever had outside of Italy itself is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Before I came back here to New Jersey in 2007, I lived in Harrisburg, PA and spent a good bit of time in Gettysburg.
Outside of the heaviest tourist seasons, Gettysburg is a really cool place to spend a weekend afternoon.
But it wasn't until I was visiting a friend who lives nearby years after I left central Pennsylvania that I was introduced to Tommy's Pizza.
Tommy's is right in the heart of Gettysburg, so it's a popular and busy place.
But there's no pretension at Tommy's. They keep it simple.
You place your order at the counter, you get a number, you wait for your number to be called, and you dig in.
I mean, just look at their pizza:
Tommy's pizza is different than what we're used to here in New Jersey. The sauce has a touch of a sweet tang, the cheese is chewy, and the crust is just a little thicker than your standard Jersey-style pie.
I should qualify all of this and point out that Tommy's pizza is a special occasion treat for me, so part of my adoration surely comes from the fact that I don't have it much.
I make an annual trip out that way when the south-central, PA apple orchards are literally dripping with ripe fruit, and Tommy's is one of my once-a-year treats.
Although, the reason that I'm writing about it now is because I just made a trip out there last weekend. so this year, it'll be a twice-a-year treat.
And yes, I brought a whole pie home with me.
So, I'm sorry New Jersey pizza, I really do love you, but if I had to pick a single favorite, I have to cross the border to get it.
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