Fort Lee Pizzeria
2469 Lemoine Ave, Fort Lee, NJ
I’ve been meaning to do this as a much bigger roundup, but I’ve come to the conclusion that the pizza culture in Fort Lee is not what it used to be. For many years, Fort Lee was an Italian-American bastion, with many Italian restaurants and Pizza places that put the town on the map for many Northern NJ pizza fans. In the last 15 years or so, the dynamics of the town has changed greatly, as many of the Pizza and Italian restaurants closed down, only to be replaced with Korean, Japanese and other Asian food. Still, there are two pizza restaurants still worth going to, and both have had a rivalry going back about 35 years.
The first is the legendary Fort Lee Pizzeria, on Lemoine Avenue.
Storefront on Lemoine Ave
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The interior of the restaurant hasn’t changed much in 35 years.
Fort Lee Pizzeria serves what I would call a respectable slice, the kind you would have commonly found in NYC 20 years ago but is no longer easily obtainable.
While Fort Lee Pizzeria’s pizza is indeed good, I happen to be partial to their hot subs.
Chicken Parmigiana Closeup
Franco’s Metro Restaurant & Pizzeria
1475 Bergen Blvd, Fort Lee, NJ
Web site: http://www.francosmetro.com
Franco’s is also another long-standing Pizza and Italian restaurant in Fort Lee. However unlike Ft Lee Pizzeria, Franco’s recently underwent a major renovation. The Italian restaurant part is more upscale than it used to be, and the Pizza part is now more of a casual-dining, lunch sort of place. But they are still making excellent quality Italian-American food and Pizza.
While these are just for show, they do use these brands of Italian San Marzano Tomatoes in making the dishes. Franco’s doesn’t use any sugar in their tomato sauce either.
Margherita Slice, with fresh mozzarella and basil, my favorite.
Fresh garlic bread sticks with marinara sauce. They come out piping hot.
A custom pie made to my specifications — Fresh Mozzarella with Garlic, Broccoli Rabe and Sausage.
Crust profile view.
I sit in approval of my custom pie.
Escarole with Tortellini en Brodo
Sausage and Peppers Hero
Sausage and Peppers closeup
Main Dining Room
Margherita Pizza, from the brick oven in the restaurant
Spinach, Baby Arugula and Roasted Red Pepper Salad
Veal Parmigiana. The Classic.
Linguine with Marinara Sauce, side order
Pork Bracciole with Orichette pasta