This Recipe Combines 2 of the Greatest Foods
1. Benny Tudino's622 Washington St, Hoboken
2. Torna Pizzeria254 9th St, Hoboken
3. Napoli's Brick Oven Pizza1118 Washington St, Hoboken
4. Grimaldi's Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria133 Clinton St, Hoboken
5. H&S Giovanni's603 Washington St, Hoboken
6. Dozzino534 Adams St, Hoboken
7. Mario's Classic Pizza Café742 Garden St, Hoboken
8. Rosarios At Willow1132 Willow Ave, Hoboken
9. 7 Stars Pizzeria342 Garden St, Hoboken
10. Imposto's Pizza102 Washington St, Hoboken
11. Basile's89 Washington St, Hoboken
12. Margherita's Pizzeria & Cafe740 Washington St, Hoboken
Dating back to 1968, Benny Tudino's is an old-old-school pizzeria with probably the largest slices you’ve ever seen. Ever. It's also less-probably some of the best Jersey-style pizza you'll ever see, featuring a sweet tangy sauce that sets it apart.
Torna's looks a lot like a basement rec-room that hasn’t been renovated since 1970s, but if you can get past all that, it's still one of the few places in Hoboken where you can get a Sicilian-style pizza: sauce baked right on and a perfectly chewy dough.
With a crust that's super thin and quite crispy, plus a sauce that’s a little bit spicy (but never overused), this unassuming spot's pies are always on point. Go-to moves include town favorites, like the vodka pizza, the white pizza, and the clam pie.
If you make the mistake of asking anyone in the place about the history of Grimaldi’s, you’ll get an earful about family betrayal, lawsuits, and why their coal brick-oven is different. Don’t do it. Instead, just order one of their pizzas, which will show up at your table bubbling hot, and keep your head down. Oh, and there are no slices at Grimaldi’s, although they do offer personal-size pies, which is fine by you.
Giovanni’s shares an exterior with a gym that makes the pair of them look like one super-confusing business. Ignore all that and head in for basics-killing pizza with sauce that isn’t very sweet -- it can be an acquired taste, but it works -- and crust that's dependably substantial and has a great flavor.
Dozzino takes a “farm fresh” approach to pizza, which means sometimes they run out of stuff, because they’re literally bringing it in that morning. That makes their unusual pizzas (like the Diavola: a spiced-up wonder with mozzarella, tomatoes, red peppers, and calabrese salami) some of the freshest and most flavorful you’ll find. Check the chalkboard for the daily specials; order the daily specials.
The pizza at Mario's is classic, but the toppings can be modern, from buffalo chicken, to bacon, to Caesar salad. Plus, they also offer the oft-elusive Sicilian slice. If you've got a Little League team or a Netflix marathon or something to feed, this would be the place to go.
Rosario’s is way off the main drag of Hoboken, sitting in a quiet little neighborhood where they don’t overdo the sauce but do make the crust reliably crispy and old-school, landing on just the right side of burnt. The best part about Rosario’s, aside from the warm and welcoming family-owned vibe, is their willingness to do just about anything. Go on in, tell them whatever your dream pizza is, and they’ll make it happen.
7 Stars is another place that goes wayyyy back to the days when Hoboken was burning down and inhabited by feral dogs (yes, both of these things actually happened) and, as such, isn’t much to look at. It’s a tiny place, and they certainly spared every possible expense in the decorations budget. Don’t veer off classic course here - get an absolutely enormous plain slice or stick to the usual toppings. Trust us on this one.
Located near the PATH trains and bus depot that connect Hoboken with Manhattan, Imposto’s is a solid contender for best classic pizza offerings, but more importantly it's located in the stumbling trajectory of every reveler rolling home either from a Manhattan soirée (that’s what they have in Manhattan, right?) or a visit to the cluster of pubs around the train station. Not only can you not go wrong with the toothsome dough, tangy sauce, and robust topping offerings, but Imposto's has the superhuman knack for -- no matter what sounds you manage to make with your mouth -- magically getting you exactly what you want. Also, it's got the best Buffalo chicken pizza in Hoboken, if you’re into that sort of thing, and really, who isn’t at 2am?
Basile's is located between the train station and the Cake Boss bakery, so it sees a steady stream of tourists and late-night drunchie-seekers. The crust here is very crispy, which isn’t to everyone’s taste, but it makes for a sturdy base for the enormous amounts of cheese and toppings you get. Plus, there's a huge selection of gourmet slices. Mmm... gourmet slices.
Margherita's isn’t a pizza joint, really -- it’s a BYOB family Italian restaurant that makes a great pizza. If you’re looking for a little date-night ambiance instead of the Formica and fluorescents of most of Hoboken's other pizza elite, Margherita's is the place to be. The sauce and dough are made fresh on-site -- and both are very good -- and you're given the option of sitting down and having a bottle of wine and table service in a comfortable, family-friendly, and romantic place, which really should be the only option.