Pizza Town USA
89 US Highway 46
Elmwood Park, NJ 07407
I’ve driven down the stretch of US Highway 46 between Elmwood Park and Clifton hundreds of times, and seen the old Pizza Town structure, with its failing vintage neon sign, sporting drive-in movie theater “1960 Snack Bar” architecture and unpleasant yellow lighting inside. However, it never occurred to me to actually go in there, thinking it would have great pizza. Oy, I can be such a dumbass. Doesn’t the very fact that something has been there nearly 50 years merit at least a first visit?
I was finally motivated to go there when a complete stranger alerted me that it had classic steel deck thin crust New York style pizza, the kind that your average decent pizza place made 30 or 40 years ago. Like the kind I had when I was a kid. And that they were a slice joint and that they were open very late at night. That was all the hook I needed.
Behold, Pizza Town, in all of its Wonder Years glory.
Won’t you take me to… PIZZA TOWN! Click on the “Read the rest of this entry” link below for more.
The countermen at Pizza Town are true Jersey characters. They’d have to be, to work the hours that they do. Take a look at how many steel decks are behind this guy!
Observe — you can eat here week nights and Sundays until 1am, and weekends until 2am.
Exhibit A, a classic retro thin crust slice. It’s fully cooked — none of that uncooked doughy stuff in the middle — with good uniform crust char, a tangy sauce that’s just slightly sweet, with a little bit of oregano and basil spicing. With decent pizza cheese. And for a $1.35 each!
Exhibit B, the Kuban Upskirt shot. Notice the uniform spots of char. The crust spring on this slice is excellent too, and has a nice taste.
Exhibit C, the Pizza Town Calzone, which is filled with ricotta cheese, mozzarella, and ham, and then is deep fried, Italian Carnival style. The inside becomes like molten lava. A larger version of the calzone is also sold, which is baked in the pizza oven.
A calzone cross section.
Calzone piece with some of the Pizza sauce provided for dipping.