Jersey Shore Pizzas to Eat Right Now in Monmouth and Ocean County

Jersey Shore Pizzas to Eat Right Now in Monmouth and Ocean County


For the freshest pizza this side of the Atlantic, there’s no need to head to Little Italy because here in Monmouth and Ocean County, we’ve got more than enough (ok, well there’s never quite enough) great establishments where you can get a delicious Jersey Shore pizza.

From Margherita pizzas to meat and vegetables, this list runs the gamut on some of the best slices being served up in the area. Whether you’re looking to order out, sit down, or just dig into a slice, these Jersey Shore pizzas will make your Friday night, Monday night, or whatever night a little more pizzazz!

The Top Jersey Shore Pizzas to Eat Right Now

First and foremost, we have to give a shoutout to some of our favorite local pizzerias. Whether it’s a sausage and peppers slice at Jenkinson’s in Pt. Pleasant on a warm July night or a large pie at (insert your favorite go-to pizza shop here) on our way home from our son’s Little League game, EVERYONE in NJ has a pizzeria that feels like a second home to them. So, before we delve into our pizza list, we just wanted to let all of our favorite places (and your local pizzerias too!) that they’ll always be on the top of our list when we’re craving that perfect slice of pie.

Now that we’ve gotten that all cleared up, our list is packed full of pizzas that go above and beyond the call of anyone’s normal pizza duties. We’re talking rich flavors, sourdough crusts, and ovens that are hot, hot, hot. So take some notes, because this list is going to be a little cheesy. (Oh and don’t even think about using a knife and a fork!)

jersey shore pizzaYou may not initially think that a restaurant known for great seafood would also have delicious pizza. Beach Tavern proves you wrong that two of your favorite things – pizza and seafood – are the perfect match. Try the Clam Pizza and you’ll know exactly what we mean. (It’s kind of like dipping your favorite bread in the clam broth – except the clams aren’t gone and there’s just a bit of cheesy goodness). 33 West Street, Monmouth Beach 732-870-8999 http://beachtavern.net/

jersey shore pizzaEvery day, the masterminds over at B2 Bistro & Bar recreate the traditional White Pie. Whether it’s the Croque Madame (pictured above) that’s topped with four cheeses, spicy arugula, aged and smoked ham from Benton’s, pickled mustard seeds, cage free eggs, signature polenta, and of course, some crispy bacon and sweet onion jam – wow that was a mouthful – or some other variation, it’s worth stopping in and seeing just how colorful they can get that white pie. 141 Shrewsbury Avenue, Red Bank 732-268-8555 www.b2bistro.com

jersey shore pizzaOrganic, pure, all-natural. That’s their motto at Earth Pizza and that dedication to pure ingredients shines through in every bite. Go pure yourself with the Red, White, and Green Pizza featuring spinach, artichokes, garlic, tomatoes, and ricotta or go a little crazy with their Teriyaki Pizza. Either way, there’s nothing to feel guilty about. Need another reason to give these guys a try? Download our Locals InMotion iPhone app, subscribe to Locals InMotion Offers and you can redeem a 20% OFF offer on your first visit. Can’t beat that. 95 Broad Street, Red Bank 732-345-1600  http://earthpizzarb.com/

jersey shore pizzaMade in their 900 degree wood burning brick oven and served directly to your table, you may willingly burn some tastebuds once you take a look at the pizza coming out of Patricia’s of Holmdel. With a dozen to choose from, we’re partial to the Vegetarian Pie. With a mixture of portabello mushrooms, zucchini, mozzarella (and always add the eggplant and tomatoes), it’s a pie that is practically a salad! 2132 NJ-35, Holmdel 732-275-0234 https://www.patriciasofholmdel.com/

jersey shore pizzaCan Old Glory Kitchen + Spirits do it all? Thanks to their brick oven, they can. Their pizzas, especially the Artichoke and Spinach Pizza (complete with roasted garlic and artichokes, baby spinach, mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano, ricotta, and the thing that pulls it all together – an artichoke cream sauce) is just one example of how much we love their menu. 84 Broad Street, Keyport 732-497-5555 https://www.oldglorynj.com/

jersey shore pizzaIf you’re driving up Route 35 in Middletown and feeling the first pangs of hunger, make a beeline to Livoti’s World Market, where you’ll find everything you need to not only make a pizza, but to eat pizza at their delicious Pizza Bar. We got this personal pie made for us in about 4 minutes. Yes, that quick. Take it to go or And yes, they use the mozzarella that they make, in house, every, single, day. 1151 Route 35, Middletown 732-275-1144 www.livotisworldmarket.com 

jersey shore pizza Take the spicy, Picante Pizza out for a spin the next time you’re at Stella Marina in Asbury Park. No, you don’t have to give up one of their delicious entrees or pastas (pizza as a shared appetizer is completely acceptable). This pizza is nothing short of fine dining with with long hot peppers, soppressata, tomato and mozzarella. It’s a spicy flavorful treat! 800 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park 732-775-7776 https://stellamarinarestaurant.com/

jersey shore pizzasLocated in a converted garage, then grocery store, Medusa’s Stone Fired Kitchen took everyone by surprise (ok, maybe not everyone since they have a history with one of our other favorite Jersey Shore pizza joints). Whether you hang out in the summer with the garage door open, watching them toss in the pizzas or take it home, there’s truly nothing like their Brisket Pizza. Yes you read that right. Pieces of brisket are scattered on top with a mixture of smoked mozzarella, sharp cheddar, a runny egg, and gravy – because it’s brisket! (But anything you order here is delicious, even if you’re just eating the dough). 711 4th Avenue, Asbury Park 732-361-3061 http://www.medusaap.com/

jersey shore best pizzasWe can’t talk about the best Jersey Shore pizzas without talking about Talula’s. First, let’s begin with their dough – it’s their pride and joy – along with their hearth – a wood-burning oven that turns dough and toppings into pizzas that you may dream about. Like their Saltie Pizza. Think of it like a Banh Mi gone Italian. This white pizza is topped with two cheeses – house mozzarella and mascarpone – then an assortment of pickled veggies, a very runny egg, and some smoked paprika – it hits all the notes.  550 Cookman Avenue #108, Asbury Park 732-455-3003 http://www.talulaspizza.com

When Tommy’s Tavern + Tap opened their expansive restaurant in Sea Bright a few years back, we knew they’d be making waves with their pizzas. And we were right. Tommy’s parking lots are either nearly full or overflowing depending on the day of the week. Whether you favor the classics like Mister B’s Favorite (pictured above) complete with cherry tomatoes, fresh garlic, ricotta cheese, fresh mozzarella, basil, and extra virgin olive oil or believe in going big or going home like with  Schweet Laura’s Short Rib white pie, there’s a pizza on here for any and every occasion. 1030 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright 732-842-5044  http://www.tommystavernandtap.com/

jersey shore pizza Caputo flour, San Marzano tomatoes, sweet basil and fresh mozzarella combine to form a harmonious balance of flavor. Tuscan Bistro & Bar’s Margherita Pizza is not only delicious, but when our kids can be distracted with making their own, we can enjoy it even more. Combine entertained kids with cocktails and a great pie, and you have a recipe for a great night out! 1250 Hooper Avenue, Toms River 732-797-2570 tuscanhousenj.com 

jersey shore pizzasThere are a number of brick oven pizzas to choose from at Gaetano’s, and honestly they’re all worth your time. When we’re feeling spicy, we tend to order the Salsiccia with Italian sausage and roasted red peppers. On day when we want some greens, we go for the Cimi de Rabe with broccoli rabe and garlic. And really on any day, we’ll choose the 10 Wallace with mushrooms, goat cheese, caramelized onions, fresh mozz, and plum tomatoes – you can’t go wrong here.  If you are looking to have dinner at Gaetano’s download our Locals InMotion app for iPhone and subscribe to Locals InMotion Offers.We have a free dessert-for-two offer for anyone that purchases two entrees. Enjoy it on us! 10 Wallace Street, Red Bank 732-741-1321 http://www.gaetanosnj.com/

jersey shore best pizza

Vegan. Gluten free. Vegetarian. Maybe these aren’t adjectives to describe your favorite pizza, but for those who have these diets, Via Roma is a mouthwatering delivery straight from the pizza gods. No matter what eating habits you have, the Veggie Pizza is delicious. Packed with an array of veggies from mushrooms and broccoli to spinach and tomatoes, of course, it can be made to fit how you eat, without losing any of the pizza flavors you crave. 2360 Route 9, Toms River 732-364-1980 www.viaromatomsriver.com 

JERSEY SHORE BEST PIZZAThis neighborhood hot spot is well known to be a go to place for a quick beer, some apps, and dinner out with the family, but if you’re not ordering their Eggplant Gourmet Pizza, you’re missing out. You get everything with this pie – crispy eggplant, creamy ricotta, melted mozzarella, tart tomato sauce, salty Parmigiano – seriously it’s the ideal topping for their thin crust! 3205 NJ-66, Neptune 732-918-9700 http://www.mjsrestaurant.com/

jersey shore best pizzaHave you heard of Brooklyn Square in Jackson yet? If you’re a Jersey Shore pizza aficionado, you are probably a regular, if not, then consider this your formal introduction. They are hitting their dough creations out of the park, gaining recognition and many awards, but don’t take anyone else’s word for it. Go there and order their signature pie, the Brooklyn Square Upside Down Pie. It’s thick, it’s crispy, and it’s delicious. 265 S New Prospect Road, Jackson 732-961-7999 www.brooklynsquarenj.com

jersey shore best pizzaSitting in a small building, with just a few tables, Dominick’s Pizzeria may be known as one of your favorite take out joints, but honestly, their pizzas are worthy of eating right there (and if you bring an appetite, you probably won’t even need the box!) Take their Bruschetta Sicilian for example. Enjoyed right out of the oven, it’s a culinary match made in heaven. The thick (ridiculously tasty) dough is topped with cheese, baked till golden brown, then smothered with bright bruschetta. 2601 East Hurley Pond Road, Wall 732-280-9255 http://www.dominickspizzeriawallnj.com/

jersey shore best pizza A favorite family tradition, Federici’s Family Restaurant in Freehold has been attracting pizza lovers for almost a century. When you’re in downtown Freehold, there’s really no other choice but to order the Broccoli, Tomato and Garlic Pie. The pizza crust is thin (and famous), the cheese is melted perfectly, the broccoli is cut into bite size pieces, and seriously, what type of pizza doesn’t have garlic? 14 East Main Street, Freehold 732-462-1312 http://www.federicis.com/

Much more than just your place to watch a ridiculous sunset over the river, Eventide Grille is also home to some can’t miss pizzas, especially their Buffalo Chicken Pie. Since we can never decide on whether to order wings or pizza (and land up ordering both), this pizza is our idea of a winning agreement. Ranch, crispy buffalo chicken, mozzarella,  celery, and crumbled bleu cheese turn your meal into a two for one all on a nice crispy thin crust. 1400 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright 732-530-1414 http://eventidegrille.com/

jersey shore best pizza The Zucca Pie at Mossuto’s Market in Wall is a a fresh flavorful treat! Charred to perfection, this dalmatian crust comes topped with zucchini, caramelized onion, ricotta salata, fresh mozzarella, basil and extra virgin olive oil. One bite and you’ll understand why this Benny the pizzaiolo is a Jersey Shore pizza favorite. 2029 NJ-RT 35, Wall Twp. 732-449-8058 mossutosmarket.com 

jersey shore pizza Order up a Four Seasons Pizza from Del Ponte’s Coal Fired Pizza in Bradley Beach any time of the year. The delectable combination of your classic toppings of fresh mozzarella, tasty tomato sauce, and sliced tomatoes combined with your not so classic toppings of black olives, mushrooms, and artichokes (and maybe add some Italian sausage) and you’re set for the evening. 600 Main Street, Bradley Beach 732-869-0070 http://www.delpontescoalfiredpizza.com/

jersey shore pizzasSpecializing in thin crust pizza, Pete & Elda’s in Neptune City is a longstanding tradition that has locals stuffing their faces just to bring home a t-shirt. If you’re taking a shot at eating an XL pizza on your own, double down with the XL Super. With peppers, sausage and mushrooms (or anchovies if you prefer), there’s no reason why you can’t unbutton your pants to eat that last bite for all the glory. Many a local calls this Jersey Shore’s best pizza. 93 Summit Avenue, Neptune City 732-774-6010 peteandeldas.com 

Mr Pizza SliceMr Pizza Slice has accomplished a lot in the last couple years. When a town’s long-time pizza place changes hands, locals are usually concerned that something may get lost in transition. In NJ, we take our pizza personally and connect a lot of memories to it. In the case of Mr Pizza Slice, they didn’t lose that iconic local pizza place vibe – they just made it better. Mr Pizza Slice stuck to what worked for all those years and then started adding some over-the-top menu items that are bringing new guests in from faraway places. Job well done in our book. The Penne Vodka Pizza with sweet Italian sausuge and fresh basil is one of those new larger than life pies. 10 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, (732) 747-9165 http://www.mrpizzaslicemenu.com

jersey shore best pizzaImagine a regular pizza parlor where you can go in, grab a slice of pizza, maybe a whole pie to go, but instead of just a normal slice, you’re treated to one of the best pizzas you’ve tasted. That’s what Rosie’s Pizza brings to the table – along with round and square pies. Don’t be fooled by the short menu. Whether you pick one of their signature pies or make a signature pie of your own (optional runny egg and vinegar peppers included), they’re no doubt a favorite on our Jersey Shore pizza list. 620 Bay Avenue, Pt. Pleasant Beach 732-746-3060 

jersey shore best pizzaTaste a Trenton-style Tomato Pie first hand at Maruca’s Tomato Pies in Seaside Heights. What are we talking about? Well, Maruca’s Pies puts the cheese on the bottom and the sauce on the top. It’s fresh, cheesy, and the pie is exceptionally buttery. There’s no place we’d rather be eating pizza than at Maruca’s on a hot summer night. 601 Boardwalk, Seaside Heights 732-793-0707  http://www.marucaspizza.com/

jersey shore best pizzaLast, but certainly not least, no list of the Jersey Shore’s best  pizzas would be complete without a big shout out to The Sawmill. They’re love of pizza has been known for decades and the proof is in the pie. You really can’t go wrong with a classic slice of cheese pizza. The perfect addition to any boardwalk visit. 1807 Boardwalk, Seaside Park 732-793-1990 www.sawmillcafe.com 

jersey shore best pizza For 30 years now, Front St. Trattoria has been dishing out some the Jersey Shore’s best pizza. Their creative take on the classic Margherita Pizza is a flavor explosion in every bite! The freshly made mozzarella, juicy roasted grape tomatoes, plum tomatoes and freshly torn basil sitting on a perfectly charred golden sesame crust combine into a harmonious pizza perfection. 31 W. Front Street, Red Bank 732-747-9569  http://frontsttrattoria.com/