The hardest thing about moving is finding good, basic take-out food – pizza, Chinese, diners, etc. I’ve been living in upper Monmouth County, NJ for a little over a year now and have been on a quest to find excellent pizza. I’ve tried at least a half a dozen pizza joints in surrounding towns and none were quite right. Many had way too thick crusts or the sauce was off or the cheese tasted odd. I grew up in Northern NJ, in predominantly Italian neighborhoods, so there was never a shortage of a good pizzeria. I like my pizza thin with just the right amount of sauce and cheese and not too much oregano.
So what’s a girl to do? I can’t try every pizza place! I decided to post on www.nj.com. They have a restaurant forum and I immediately got a few responses. The one that intrigued me the most was the recommendation of Denino’s Pizzeria in Aberdeen. Apparently, Denino’s is a famous pizza joint in Staten Island and they decided to branch out and open a second place in Aberdeen about a year ago.
Well, my first trip was on a Saturday afternoon. I stopped in to get a couple of slices to bring home. The place was packed. Good sign. I brought it home and I thought it was great. Perfectly thin-crust, nice amount of cheese to sauce ratio. The sauce was great and the cheese tasted like real cheese.
Next test was ordering a pie. I’ve been burned a few times before. Having a good slice, only to go back for a mediocore pie. I know, makes no sense. A few weeks later, I ordered a pie at Denino’s, half plain, half onion, on a Saturday night. When I went to pick it up, again the place was packed! When I got home we devoured this pizza! It’s not the best pizza I’ve had in my life, but I will say it’s the best pizza I’ve had in Monmouth County. We’re sticking to this place for now. I even convinced my mother to order a pie recently and they agreed, it was very good.
Overall, I’m completely satisfied with Denino’s pizza. I’ve been back a few times since then and it’s been consistently great. If you’re looking for a great pizza joint in upper Monmouth County, I suggest you give Denino’s a try.