Saturday, November 17, 2012
Store takes place of Jolly's Pizza.
Springfield's newest pizza shop, Pizza Rustica, celebrated its grand opening in late October. Taking over for long-standing restaurant Jolly's Pizza, the Morris avenue pizzeria has already gained fans in the Springfield community. Like many businesses in the area, Hurricane Sandy presented unique and extreme challenges, forcing Rustica to shut its doors for two weeks. Owner Antonio Costagliola said that while it was a burden to take such a hit to the business so soon after opening, he was happy to see that people have already started to come back for pies, slices and more. Editor's note: the original version of this story got the address wrong. I changed it in the text.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Congratulations to Jolly's for winning Patch's Best Pizza in town poll.
The readers have spoken, and Jolly's pizza has come out on top. In a poll that garnered over 300 votes, the Morris Ave. eatery bested its competition by a margin of over ten points. The stats are here and below. And we could tie ourselves in knots talking about why Jolly's egenders such loyalty. But instead, we think it's best to let one of their loyals explain the Jolly appeal. Here's Patch commenter Peggy, who appraised Jolly's back in June. JOLLY'S PIZZA ON MORRIS AVENUE IN SPRINGFIELD!!!! THE BEST! Have been going for old fashioned Italian pizza for years. Thin crust, lotsa cheese, not too overpriced. The best! I don't know why they named it Jolly's they should have named it something Italian. They are a family of Italians and it's a…
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
It's a tough call, but you have your favorites. So vote your conscience and tell us what makes your favorite pizza joint the best in the land.
A quick lunch to get you through the afternoon. The perfect after-school snack. Dinner for a busy family. Pizza is all of that for most people. But in New Jersey, pizza is a saucy, cheesy dietary staple, a slice of life. We munch freely, connoisseurs of carbs, gleefully seeking out the perfect slice or pie. Once we find our favorites, we are steadfast in touting the merits of our chosen pizza-makers. But is it the crust, the toppings, the cheese-to-sauce ratio, or something else that makes you love your pizza? Starting this morning, Patch is asking you to show us your true colors. We know you've got favorites and we want you to wave the flag in support of the pizza-maker you can't do without. As the kick-off to our regular "Best Of" …
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thick-crust pizza at this old-fashioned Italian-American pizzeria
Getting into Prima Pizza at lunchtime can be a chore: Almost hidden behind Dunkin Donuts, Prima Pizza is set so far back, one can drive down Mountain Avenue and miss it. The parking lot is not easy to navigate either. On my first trip, I worked my way to the back of the lot, only to find every space filled. Cornered and facing several cars finding themselves in the same situation, I navigated a 6-point turn and parked on Mountain Avenue. After this obstacle course, the food better be good. Prima Pizza's menu is filled with pastas, hot Italian entrees, sandwiches and wraps. But before I could see the menu, several pies under the glass counter greeted me. Several times I've found myself engrossed in Slice's comprehensive list of 21 regional…
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Route 22 establishment's claim to serve best pizza in town may be true, depending on what you order
Cheez Whiz, provolone or American? Peppers? Onions? Mushrooms? The varieties of a Philly Cheesesteak are endless, and there are probably as many opinions on how to make one as there are residents of the Philadelphia area. A 2005 magazine article about Philadelphia food stated that "The only thing nearly everybody can agree on is that it all has to be piled onto a fresh, locally baked Amoroso roll." I won't claim to be a cheesesteak expert, nor am I familiar with Amoroso, a 106-year-old South Philly bakery—but after eating a cheesesteak from Saporito's Pizza on Route 22, my chief complaint was the soft, chewy bread. Saporito's sits on the center aisle of Route 22, adjacent to Chipotle. Several rows of yellow tables with metal chairs line …
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Thumbs up to the creamy ricotta slice, thumbs down to the bland sausage
With its nine mauve and silver tables and pebble-facade walls, the dining room at Jolly's Restaurant and Pizzeria in downtown Springfield looks as if it has not changed in decades—usually a good sign when you're looking for authentic Italian food. Some of the best pizza places I know of, in New Jersey, Staten Island and Brooklyn, look straight out of the 1970s, if not older. Their outdated décor lends charm and establishes authenticity. But Jolly's is not charming, just a little outdated and plain. The dining room, however, is of little importance to the many who order takeout and delivery from this Morris Avenue establishment. And even for those eating in, more important than anything in the dining room is the food behind the counter. I …
Friday, December 11, 2009
The Springfield institution is rated in a roundup of pizza joint assessments.
NJ.com's Pizza Patrol made a foray into Union County. Among the pizza places reviewed was Cioffi's Deli. Cioffi's pizza received a mixed response from the pizza patrol crew. Some praised the slices for their "full bodied" taste; others called it "dry." Read the full story: Pizza Patrol Slice Count Hits 1,000.