Restaurants in our community and beyond are taking pizza to a new level with creative and unexpected toppings, crusts, and sauces. From vegan-friendly slices to ones that feature the flavors of Greece, Brazil, and beyond, these eateries are redefining what a pizza can be and offering food that goes far beyond the traditional red pie. Keep reading for unique pizzas in our area.
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza | 246 Bay Street, Jersey City
The namesake slice at this popular restaurant draws celebrities, the press, and crowds to its New Jersey and New York locations. But if you want to try a different type of pie, order the crab pizza made with crab sauce and a surimi stuffing.
Blue Steel Pizza Company | 285 Glenwood Avenue, Bloomfield
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Known for its Detroit-style pizza and a hidden bar, you can choose from traditional pies to unique offerings like shrimp and pork belly pizza, made with mozzarella, brick cheese, gochujang, red onion, and cilantro.
Brazilian Pizza | 97 Wilson Avenue, Newark
If you think of pizza as tomato sauce and cheese, you will be in awe of this menu containing 47 different types of pie. A customer favorite is the Modo do Chef, which includes chicken, hearts of palms, olives, tomatoes, corn, and mozzarella.
Brick + Dough | 110 Walnut Street, Montclair
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This popular eatery likes to push boundaries and expand the notion of what a pizza should be. Keep an eye on the pizza specials for creations like the kimchi + sesame, which is made with kimchi, shredded mozzarella, spicy mayo, and furikake seasoning.
Gina’s Pizzeria + Restaurant | 503 Frank E Rodgers Boulevard North, Harrison
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You’ll find traditional Italian dishes and pizzas at this restaurant, which has been a neighborhood staple since 1976. If you want to try something new, order the Firecracker Calamari pizza. It’s made with fried calamari and sauteed cherry peppers.
Mozzarella | 396 Valley Street, South Orange
Patrons rave about the atmosphere, service, and, of course, the food served here. Most of the pizzas are offered in personal and extra-large sizes, making them perfect for sharing. Try the seafood pizza topped with shrimp and fresh salmon in vodka sauce.
Napoli Trattoria + Pizzeria | 11 Park Street, Montclair
Even the pickiest eaters will find something on the menu at this family-owned restaurant. Adventurous eaters can order the Capricciosa, made with arugula, fresh mozzarella, tomato, kalamata olives, and red onions with a balsamic vinaigrette layered with thinly sliced prosciutto.
Nicholas Anthony Family Kitchen | 450 Main Street, West Orange
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The restaurant owners believe that food is meant to be shared and, in the process, create memories. On the menu, traditional dishes are nestled beside the more offbeat fare. The Peppered Pig pizza is topped with bleu cheese, bacon, caramelized onion, and cracked pepper.
Porta | Multiple Locations
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The menu contains a dizzying array of unique pizzas, with the Winter Betty a favorite It’s topped with Brussels sprouts, goat cheese béchamel, garlic, thyme, Parmigiano Reggiano, extra virgin olive oil, and sea salt. The pie is named in honor of Porta’s friend and fan, Betty Maddalena. Porta donates $1 to the West Orange Scholarship Fund for every pie ordered.
Teglia Pizza Bar | 438 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
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You’ll find Italian comfort food made from scratch on the menu at this restaurant, whose name means “roasting pan.” The highlight, however, is the Roman pan pizzas. The butternut pie is made with mascarpone puree and topped with oven-roasted tomato, garlic, baby kale, shaved parmigiana, and onions.
Tony Boloney’s | Multiple Locations
This beloved pizza joint originally opened in Atlantic City and is known for its unique creations. Some of their wild pizza creations include their famous taco pizza, the tikka masala pie, the ramen pizza, and the cheesesteak olè – just to name a few.