De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies

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De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies
De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies logo.jpg
Restaurant information
Established 1947
Food type Italian
Street address 2350 Route 33 #105[1]
City Robbinsville
State New Jersey
Postal code/ZIP 08691
08629
08611
Country United States
Other locations 530 Hudson St., Trenton, NJ*[2]
Website www.delorenzostomatopies.com

De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies is a pizzeria that sells tomato pies in New Jersey. It was founded in 1936 by Alexander "Chick" De Lorenzo and officially established in 1947 in Trenton, New Jersey.[3] Since then it has expanded to another location in Robbinsville and has closed its original location in Trenton.[4] It is the third oldest pizzeria in New Jersey that sells tomato pies after Papa's Tomato Pies and Joe's Tomato Pies.

History[edit]

Alexander "Chick" De Lorenzo established De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies in 1947. Zagat Survey reviews give it high marks for quality and taste,[5] it is a top pick on review site Roadfood.com,[6] and is now considered a landmark in New Jersey.[1] De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies opens at 4:00 pm and primarily serves dinner. Tomato pies are the only options on the menu.[7] Lines can grow to over 50 people before the restaurant opens. F. Scott and Zelda New Jersey Restaurant and Wine Critics described De Lorenzo's as a never disappointing meal. Sam Amico, Alexander's grandson, has taken over the company after the passing of Alexander. F. Scott and Zelda praises the new ownership as "a world class establishment".[8]

The restaurant was frequented by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in his student days. Alito considered De Lorenzo's a favorite restaurant. Other past patrons include Frank Sinatra, Luciano Pavarotti, and Joe DiMaggio.[9]

New York Times food critic, Karla Cook, gave the restaurant a "Very Good", citing the excellent quality of the clam pie, canned whole baby clams, and the pepperoni and mushroom as a classic. She was, however, critical of the atmosphere citing that it was too crowded.[10]

In December of 2011, the restaurant's ownership announced the impeding closing of its original Trenton 530 Hudson Street location on January 15th, 2012, as reported on NJ.com.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Adam Kuban (2008-03-12). "De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies, Redux". Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  2. ^ "De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies". Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  3. ^ "De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies". Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  4. ^ Brooke Tarabour. "DeLorenzo's fans, rejoice! New site has restrooms". Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  5. ^ "De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies". Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  6. ^ "De Lorenzo Tomato Pies - Trenton, NJ". Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  7. ^ "De Lorenzo's Menu" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  8. ^ NJFoodies. "De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies Robbinsville". F. Scott and Zelda New Jersey Restaurant and Wine Critics. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  9. ^ Tony Mauro (2006-02-02). "Alito's Tomato Pie Philosophy". Law.com. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  10. ^ Karla Cook (2002-07-28). "RESTAURANTS; Thin Is In". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  11. ^ Joyce J. Persico. "Trenton's famed De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies on Hudson Street is slated to close". Retrieved 2011-12-16. 

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Coordinates: 40°12′40″N 74°44′59″W / 40.21107°N 74.74982°W / 40.21107; -74.74982