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« Reply #26 on: 07-25-2007, 11:00am »
Carmines does not have what you need.  I'm telling you - Three Guys From Italy in JSQ has what you need.

Alright, I'll check them out this weekend. But if they don't stand up to Central Jersey  pizza, I'm banging down your door with a tack hammer and we'll have to have ourselves a little reckoning.

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« Reply #25 on: 07-25-2007, 10:36am »
I thought there was a concensus a while back that La Rustique (a) had gone way downhill, and (b) is grossly overpriced. Have things changed lately? Have you ordered from there recently?

I haven't ordered from La Rustique in ages, honestly.  So it might have gone downhill and I wouldn't know.

What you all call the utility slice, I call the standard NYC-style slice, and there is an art to making it.  Too many mediocre pizza places get by because "good enough" is good enough for many people.  There is the "edible" slice and there is the amazing, melt in your mouth perfect slice, and there is a difference.  And when I think of pizza, nine times out of ten I am thinking of standard NYC style slice pizza, not fancy shmancy stuff.  But there IS an art to making the perfect standard slice, and sadly not that many places do it well enough to satisfy me.  Certainly nowhere downtown does.

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Then again, I haven't tried Carmine's. Hopefully they'll have what I need ... good sauce, stretchy mozz, and, most important, a crust that cracks just slightly when you fold it.

Oh, and grease. Lotsa grease.

Carmines does not have what you need.  I'm telling you - Three Guys From Italy in JSQ has what you need.
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« Reply #24 on: 07-25-2007, 10:23am »
(La Rustique is lousy, i think they get their crust from Ellios).

Couldn't have said it better myself.

As for fancy v. "utility" pizza, I actually tend to prefer greasy find-it-anywhere pizza. It's what I think of as true Jersey honest-to-god awesome pizza. And I still say Jersey City is lacking a place that really does it right.

When I say there's no decent pizza in JC, I don't mean there's no decent margherita pizza. I mean there's no decent pizza, really, of any kind. Hell, we don't even have a place that equals Ray's. How sad is that?

Then again, I haven't tried Carmine's. Hopefully they'll have what I need ... good sauce, stretchy mozz, and, most important, a crust that cracks just slightly when you fold it.

Oh, and grease. Lotsa grease.

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« Reply #23 on: 07-25-2007, 10:20am »
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la rustique for margherita pizza.

I thought there was a concensus a while back that La Rustique (a) had gone way downhill, and (b) is grossly overpriced. Have things changed lately? Have you ordered from there recently?
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« Reply #22 on: 07-25-2007, 10:10am »
There are two types of pizza; Excellent, tell your friends it's the best pizza in the world, pizza. And utility pizza. Jersey City does not have an excellent pizza place (La Rustique is lousy, i think they get their crust from Ellios). But there are definitely places that serve a decent utility slice (Carmine's is my favorite).

Go to rochester ny and try their pizza, then you will see that Jersey City is not that bad.

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Re: Carmine's
« Reply #21 on: 07-25-2007, 09:29am »
I agree la rustique is good for fancy-shmancy pies.  But 3 Guys in JSQ stomps the HELL out of Carmines in the greasy slice department. 

Downtown Jersey City pizza is SERIOUSLY lacking.
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Re: Carmine's
« Reply #20 on: 07-25-2007, 06:40am »
okay lets recap

jersey city pizza is lacking therefore:

la rustique for margherita pizza.

carmines for a greasy slice. make sure you ask for a large because they use the same amount of dough in both sizes and ask for well done.

sorry, until some new place comes around, that is the best you are gonna get :D


Moderator's note:  split and merged from Carmine's review thread.


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Re: Pizza Night
« Reply #19 on: 06-06-2007, 11:35pm »
If you want to go out for it -- go to Esperanto's on Jersey.  Absolutely perfect giant by-the-slice pizza.  But it always gets rubbery in the box. Mmm . . . I want pizza.
 

LOL it's around the corner from me so I have those giant slices a bit more often than I should

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Re: Pizza Night
« Reply #18 on: 06-05-2007, 10:03am »
For the second time in 3 months, the best pizza place in NY (and there can be no debate about this) - DiFara's - was DOH'd.  Although I'm not exactly clear about the reason, it had something to do with an open window.  If the NYC DOH came to JC, there'd be no such thing as dining out.
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« Reply #17 on: 05-18-2007, 11:22am »
Thanks NON, that's a good tip. I will tell them to go nuts with the sauce next time.

Agreed!

  I have had Carmine's before and found it only edible.   When I lived up in Journal Square I found Vinnie's to be the best. There's also another good place on Bergen just before McGinley Sq.   On the rare occassion that I order in, I either go with Vinnie's or Filipos in  Hoboken.  If I'm picking up just a slice, I get it from Christo's.  Again, I much prefer my own home made pizza, but it takes some time.
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Re: Pizza Night
« Reply #16 on: 05-18-2007, 09:39am »
Wow, Hamilton Park Pizza delivers all the way to Country Village?

That is a violation, good sir.

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Re: Pizza Night
« Reply #15 on: 05-18-2007, 01:05am »
carmine's is serviceable, and if you order from them again, feel free to make special requests (thin crust, easy on the sauce, heavy on the sauce, etc...) they're pretty agreeable.

Thanks NON, that's a good tip. I will tell them to go nuts with the sauce next time.

I'd rather take mediocre greasy pizza that knows what it is, over "upscale" pizza that disappoints.

Agreed!

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Re: Pizza Night
« Reply #14 on: 05-17-2007, 11:33pm »
+1 - last few pies from [La Rustique] were shite - crust too thick and under-cooked

only ever had pizza from La Rustique once. thoroughly unimpressive. I was urged by some die hard fans to wait until later on in tomato season, as their home-made sauce will get better. still doesn't explain why the crust tasted like cardboard.

carmine's is serviceable, and if you order from them again, feel free to make special requests (thin crust, easy on the sauce, heavy on the sauce, etc...) they're pretty agreeable.

I'd rather take mediocre greasy pizza that knows what it is, over "upscale" pizza that disappoints.



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Re: Pizza Night
« Reply #13 on: 05-17-2007, 10:14pm »

On the subject, I used to rave about La Rustique.  Unfortunately, I've put them on my official downhill alert.  The last 3 pizzas were pretty lousy.  And they were cold.  And this is with picking them up within a few minutes from the time they said it would be ready.

+1 - last few pies from there were shite - crust too thick and under-cooked

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« Reply #12 on: 05-17-2007, 09:55pm »
Hamilton Park Pizza is pretty good. Come on, let's be real. Plus they are really nice. They messed up our order once (they forgot the pepperoni) and they were really nice about it and made reparations that were quite satisfying.

They are a good outfit.

Wow, Hamilton Park Pizza delivers all the way to Country Village?

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Re: Pizza Night
« Reply #11 on: 05-17-2007, 09:40pm »
Re Carmines... it just goes to show that you don't have to be great to be successful.  Everything at Carmine's is okay though nothing to rave about.  But they're consistently okay and the service is consistently good to excellent. 

I walked into Walt's for a 6 pack the other day and they were eating a baked ziti that smelled pretty fantastic.  I asked where it came from and they said Carmine's.  I remarked how good it smelled, and I asked how it was.  The answer came back, "meh."   

Why are we all so willing to put up with mediocrity (or worse) in this town?  What do we have to do to get great pizza, or good Italian past dinner hours (2nd St. is the BOMB but it's only open for lunch.)  And why do we bury the good eateries we DO get (Melt, cough, Lombardi's)

Sorry I should take this over to the complaining thread.
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Re: Pizza Night
« Reply #10 on: 05-17-2007, 07:26pm »
Re Carmines... it just goes to show that you don't have to be great to be successful.  Everything at Carmine's is okay though nothing to rave about.  But they're consistently okay and the service is consistently good to excellent. 

On the subject, I used to rave about La Rustique.  Unfortunately, I've put them on my official downhill alert.  The last 3 pizzas were pretty lousy.  And they were cold.  And this is with picking them up within a few minutes from the time they said it would be ready.
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Re: Pizza Night
« Reply #9 on: 05-17-2007, 07:05pm »
Thanks for the help. We went with Carmine's. Delivery was super fast but the pizza was... eh. Not too good, not too bad. Could have used more sauce.

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Re: Pizza Night
« Reply #8 on: 05-17-2007, 05:35pm »
They are on notice with us.  Our pizza was burnt, and not what we ordered.  They apologized, and that was it.  We paid, and the delivery guy didn't have the proper change to boot.

On notice? Really? I am flabergasted. They were really accomodating to us. Hmmm Go figure.

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« Reply #7 on: 05-17-2007, 05:34pm »
Hamilton Park Pizza is pretty good. Come on, let's be real. Plus they are really nice. They messed up our order once (they forgot the pepperoni) and they were really nice about it and made reparations that were quite satisfying.

They are a good outfit.

They are on notice with us.  Our pizza was burnt, and not what we ordered.  They apologized, and that was it.  We paid, and the delivery guy didn't have the proper change to boot.

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Re: Pizza Night
« Reply #6 on: 05-17-2007, 05:12pm »
If you want to go out for it -- go to Esperanto's on Jersey.  Absolutely perfect giant by-the-slice pizza.  But it always gets rubbery in the box. Mmm . . . I want pizza.
 
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Re: Pizza Night
« Reply #5 on: 05-17-2007, 05:10pm »
I don't think they deliver to JC- get your ass over to Grimaldi's in Hoboken.  ;D
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Re: Pizza Night
« Reply #4 on: 05-17-2007, 05:09pm »
Make your own. Keep frozen dough and cheese, take out in the morning. Make fresh pizza in the evening. Better and cheaper than anything you'll find in JC.
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Re: Pizza Night
« Reply #3 on: 05-17-2007, 05:08pm »
Hamilton Park Pizza is pretty good. Come on, let's be real. Plus they are really nice. They messed up our order once (they forgot the pepperoni) and they were really nice about it and made reparations that were quite satisfying.

They are a good outfit.

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Re: Pizza Night
« Reply #2 on: 05-17-2007, 05:04pm »
I'm looking for something that will renew my faith in Jersey City pizza.

I think you're going to be looking for more than just a few hours.  For some of us, this has been a lifelong quest which has proved fruitless.

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Re: Pizza Night
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