It’s no secret that New Jersey loves pizza. But there’s nothing New Jersey loves more than good pizza. With that in mind, we bring you to Arturo’s, a local Essex County pizzeria. This Maplewood, New Jersey favorite, located at 180 Maplewood Avenue, boasts delicious wood-fired pizza, locally-sourced ingredients, and mouth-watering pasta + salad dishes that have solidified Arturo’s as a staple in the area. From the welcoming atmosphere and flawless menu, to the details on how to dine — we’ve got you covered. Read on to learn more about Arturo’s in Maplewood, New Jersey.
Arturo’s is located in downtown Maplewood in the heart of the small four-square-mile town. Immediately upon entrance, you’re welcomed with a familiar sense of home. The hustle and bustle of the restaurant somehow elevates its comfortability, making it the perfect choice for cozy dining. The wood-fired pit can be seen near the back of the restaurant along with a limited view of the open-kitchen concept.
A chalkboard lines the walls near the entrance providing specials to diners. There’s no over-the-top decor to distract from the simplicity of the restaurant and its homey wooden tables. Families, parties, couples, and singles alike all congregate here to enjoy delicious dishes. No matter the occasion, you’re sure to be met with a warm atmosphere at Arturo’s — both indoor and outdoor (covered seating is available during the colder months).
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The menu offers a variety of pasta, pizza, salads, and small plates. The simple ingredients that make up each dish are sourced from dedicated local farmers and growers that help celebrate the land that surrounds the area. This allows Arturo’s to continue to support local food ecosystems.
Arturo’s believes that the path to great pizza is through understanding the fundamental elements of fermentation and bread baking. The dough plays a significant part in pizza making, and Arturo’s nails it. From there, each pizza is cooked in a wood-fired pit, blistered to perfection, and is ready to serve. Each pizza is small enough for a personal pie or diners can order a few to share.
Popular dishes on the menu include the classic Margherita and Santo from the pizza menu, the Ricotta Crostini and Meatballs from small plates, and the Orecchiette Piccante and Cinghiale — a wild boar dish — on the pasta menu. Additionally, Arturo’s is BYOB.
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The When + Where
Arturo’s is located at 180 Maplewood Avenue in Maplewood, New Jersey right in the heart of the downtown neighborhood. Arturo’s is open Monday through Thursday, 11:30AM to 2:30PM for takeout and 5PM to 9PM for dine-in and takeout, Friday through Saturday 11:30AM to 2:30PM for takeout and 5PM to 10PM for dine-in and takeout, and Sunday 11:30AM to 2:30PM for takeout and 4:30PM to 9PM for dine-in and takeout. Availability is limited for takeout, so be sure to call in advance. Reservations are also not accepted and tables are seated on a first-come, first-served basis.