Childhood Memories: My Favorite Pizza
I have been meaning to post this for months, but never seem to get good enough photos of the pizza.
Well, finally, last night, I got some good shots and I also met a guy who reads the blog from Montville, NJ who said "Hey Stacey, when are you gonna write about this place?"
Ok, so I am.
Growing up, my dad used to take us kids to the Reservoir Tavern in Parsippany, NJ. It was, and still is, located next to the reservoir, where some of New Jersey's water supply comes from (no wonder our water tastes like pizza).
It was opened in 1936 by Nicola Bevacqua, as a local bar and pizzeria. Today his son Nick has taken the helm.
Not much has changed since I used to go when I was a kid. Same linoleum floor, paneled walls and Elk's Lodge atmosphere.
The same locals can be seen at the bar, they are just a little older!
I saw some of my old teachers there last night!
The place has doubled in size since I was a kid, due to long waiting lines outside, and they do have new bathrooms.
If you don't get there by 5:00 pm, expect to wait in line for an hour.
This pizza is that good.
It is a well done pie with bubbles on the crust (my favorite), not too thin, not too thick. The sauce is amazing as are the oregano seasonings. This is a true NJ pizzeria pie, not a Neapolitan style pizza (which is a different animal).
We order it plain , with nothing but cheese and sauce, or with bacon, and it's just so amazing. The best.
With a pitcher of beer, and some homemade sausage and peppers on the side, I am in heaven.
It's as good as I remember when I was a kid, if not better!
Here is their official website.
Thanks Jim from Montville for saying hi to me, you made my night!