NJ Dining: Pizza in Fort Lee

Fort Lee Pizzeria
2469 Lemoine Ave, Fort Lee, NJ
(201) 947-2420

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.

Pasta Fagioli

While Fort Lee Pizzeria’s pizza is indeed good, I happen to be partial to their hot subs.

Chicken Parmigiana

Chicken Parmigiana Closeup

Meatball Sub

Franco’s Metro Restaurant & Pizzeria
1475 Bergen Blvd, Fort Lee, NJ
(201) 461-6651

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.

Plain Slice

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

Garlic Knots

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

16 Responses to NJ Dining: Pizza in Fort Lee

  1. Jordan says:

    Hey Jason.
    Thanks for posting this — I never even noticed Franco’s Metro before! Personally, I think the best pizza in Ft. Lee is at Baggio’s on Main Street. The back is a (reasonably decent) sit-down italian place, but you can get excellent slices in the front. I’d love to know what you think of it!

  2. David says:

    That is the kind of food porn that makes me what to move back to NY/NJ….. I will be dreaming of that chicken parm hero tonight.

  3. Loraine says:

    Have you checked out Pizza King? Its on the other end of Fort Lee – but is definitely in the “old World” style,,,
    And I must agree – Baggio’s makes a good pie!

  4. I actually used to live right by Pizza King, on Veteran Street, just a block away, right over the Cliffside Park/Fort Lee border. Pizza King (in the Sharon Plaza shopping center) is decent pizza but I haven’t been back in a long time.

    There was also a nice Jewish deli in that shopping center at one time but its long gone.

  5. JiminSD says:

    Wow. Seeing those photos of Fort Lee Pizza brings back memories. I grew up 4 blocks from there in the 80’s. The place hasn’t changed a bit. I can’t get food like that here in San Diego :(

  6. T Man says:

    When I lived in Ridgefield, Pizza King was always one of my favorites. What I really liked about Pizza King was the meals, but the pizza was equally good.

    I’ve been to Metro a long time ago.

    When I moved to Maywood, I still traveled to the Ridgefield area in the beginning before I found some good local places. And now I’m in Wayne which has plenty of great Italian food/pizza choices.

  7. gko says:

    Nobody likes Big Red Tomato? Maybe I’m just partial to it (less than a block away from the place).

  8. RJ says:

    Started going to Franco Metros 3 years ago and has been my long time favorite since! Food is outstanding and the people there are very friendly! Love sitting at the bar and enjoying my meal there conversing with the bartender ( one of the best! )

  9. Jason says:

    Pizza Nova is by far THE BEST in ft lee!

  10. stacey says:

    baggio’s is really delish. they make their pizza thin crust and their sauce is oh so sweet. i have lived in ft lee all my life and never really went to franco’s or ft lee pizza. pizza king has good food as well.

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  12. Randi says:

    Would you still say this was good? I “might” be staying in Fort Lee for a few days the end of October.

  13. slpernie says:

    my favorites are:

    1) donna’s pizza on broad avenue. this is the closest thing to new york style pizza in jersey.
    2) pizza nova although i don’t understand how two slices and one drink comes out to nearly ten dollars. the margherita pizza is the best i’ve had in jersey.
    3) new brick over pizzeria (forgot the name) on main st. located near the fire house and the old plant exchange. cant beat real brick oven pizza and decent prices the only thing is the sauce is a bit sweet for my taste. i spent my childhood in staten island and brookyln where we like are pizza salty, made thin, and with a chewy yet crispy end crust.

    everything else in jersey so far has been lackluster. growing up in staten and brooklyn we have always had excellent pizzerias within walking distance so i’m a bit spoiled.

  14. slpernie says:

    two honorable mentions would be pomodoro in cliffside park and big red tomatoe, although i rarely order pizza here they have so much more to offer with their other dishes.

  15. matt says:

    Pizza club in edgewater is hands down the best pizza place in town. The grandma slice is to die to for.

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