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A slice for a buck…..its 1985 all over again!!

Posted in NY Times, NYC, Restaurant with tags , , on March 16, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

As a kid growing up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a particular advantage us city kids had was that we could leave school property every day and hit the neighborhood spots for lunch. Many many years later this might not seem like a big deal, but as a 6th grader being able to roll out to the eating establishment of your choice was a big deal. But being 6th graders we were not terribly discerning, it was either Burger King located on 82nd and Bway ( Now Long Gone)…and there was BIG NICKS, also known as pizza Joint and Burger Joint. A Pizza and Burger spot connected inside that is still going strong today.

I can not tell you how many times the poor wait staff kicked me and my rowdy little friends out of that place, but every day they let us back in. Now the pizza was excellent at Big Nicks and of course the price was right. Which brings me to todays topic.

In 1985 for two dollars and 75 cents you could get two slices and a soda….even back then, with little lunch money in the pocket, that was a deal. FLASH FORWARD 25 years and lord have mercy… THE DOLLAR SLICE IS BACK!!

In the past few weeks I am sure you noticed “Dollar Slice” spots popping up all over the city. The original as far as I know (and the NY TIMES yesterday backs me up here) is 99 Cent FRESH PIZZA located directly behind Port Authority. Now being a resident of this neighborhood , I can tell you that you would be hard pressed to find a more down and out area. The less fortunate of our fair city congregate behind the bus station and in addition there is a homeless shelter on the same block. So not only is the proprietor helping all the average working people hit hard by the recession, but in fact he is helping the people who need inexpensive decent food the most! KUDOS to the team at 99 cents fresh.

And what is more AMERICAN than some good old fashion capitalist competition! 99 Cent Fresh is not the only dollar pizza game in town, Two brothers Pizza (originally located on St. Marks) has opened a few locations. One location conveniently right next to my office and let me tell you, YOU WOULD THINK they were giving the pizza away the way the masses line up. So last week I figured why not, I need to see what all the action is about, and in the immortal words of Vince Vaughn in Wedding Crashers ….

“Its like Pizza baby, even when its bad..Its good!!”

And the Pizza at Two Brothers was good, my two slices and my soda went down like it was 1986..not bad at all!  But in all seriousness I am not sure how long the dollar slice will last, but if the state of our economy is any indication, they might be around for a while, and that is a good thing…for all of us!!

DE LORENZO’S Tomato Pies – Trenton NJ

Posted in Restaurant with tags , , on February 23, 2010 by mattyfresh697400


If you happen to be in TRENTON  New Jersey anytime soon then you MUST stop by the legendary DE LORENZO’S TOMATO PIES. This spot is the definition of OLD SCHOOL! This is more than a  pizza place, it’s a pizza institution , albeit a pizza institution with no public restroom (more on that later)

DE LORENZO’S was a favorite of my Uncle Bobby , who swore up and down that this was the best pizza on the planet. My Uncle Bobby was right on the money.

But at De Lorenzo’s you are not getting a pizza pie, you are getting a Tomato Pie and there is a difference. The secret recipe is so old it dates back to 1936.

In 1947 “Chick” De Lorenzo opened what would become a real  Trenton NJ landmark location and 63 years later, the De Lorenzo family is still making those sweet Tomato Pies (now at two different locations)

Chick & Sophie De Lorenzo 1951

But you must go to the original location at 530 Hudson Street,  if for no other reason than there is NO MENU. They sell only delicious Tomato Pies ( no slices) But who needs selection when you have wonderful Tomato Pies to eat right?. The spot is so small you literally eat in the kitchen, which is just fine. Being only a few feet away from an oven as old as Moses and a rotary telephone that still rings like its 1947, its a bit like eating in a time machine. Famous italian legends grace the walls (they had me with the classic pictures of Joe D. and Yogi eating at the restaurant)

Oh and yeah there is no bathroom for the public. De Lorenzo’s is so old, that the law actually does not require the restaurant to have a restroom. That is OLD SCHOOL. But do not fret , there is a lovely train station close by with a more than adequate Mens room.

De Lorenzo’s Tomato Pies is thin crust at its finest, as the saying goes:  “Trenton Makes, The World Takes”

Trentons’ De Lorenzo’s is worth taking.