When the kids and I were celebrating Spring Break a few months ago, we had all sorts of adventures. There was the Cape May County Zoo, a visit to the Atlantic City Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, and more still-yet-to-be-blogged shenanigans.
And there was pizza. It’s been awhile since we had a pizza review, and as we make plans to head down the shore next weekend (and likely go back here), it was time to share this newest spot with you.
Joey Tomato’s Gourmet Pizza is on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach. Which means if you’re heading to the shore yourself this summer, this is a good place to duck into for a bite to eat. Flanked by arcades and cotton candy, how could you go wrong?
We had some time to kill in between getting up close and personal with sting rays and penguins (more on that coming soon), so we asked for a suggestion for a bite to eat. I swear I have Rachael Ray in my head saying, “If you need a food recommendation, ask a local.” She’s, of course, right. Eat where the locals do and you can’t go wrong. We did, and ended up at Joey Tomato’s.
We haven’t visited it in the summer yet, but if the Spring crowd is any indication, it will be crowded and busy. There are some tables inside, and more outside. Better still, place your order and head to the beach. Or a less crazybusy spot. Unless you’re lucky enough to get a table. While we were in line, I spied one open up, and sent Nick and Madeline (still within eye sight) to stake it out. The inside of the restaurant is quite loud, from an acoustic standpoint, so if you have babies in your crew, you might want to scope out a quieter area to chow down.
There are tons of ready-to-order pies on the counter, each one seriously more tempting than the next. Decisions. Decisions. They also have a good variety of specialty pies you can order. The regular pies are $20, and the slices are $3.25. Slices with toppings are $3.75 (one) and $4.25 (two). Drinks (pre-bottled, i.e., water, Gatorade) are a small fortune at $3 each, so we got cups, ice, and split two.
Regular readers know that we’re fairly picky when it comes to our pizza, in our ongoing quest to find the best pizza in Jersey. Joey Tomato’s pizza had good bubbles, is not greasy, and their tomato sauce is pretty solid and well-seasoned. The cheese is a little stringier than I’d like (as in, sometimes the toppings all slide off with a bite of the cheese), but I loved the gourmet slices. One of the slices I got (pictured above) had a thin layer of spinach, which was then topped with mushrooms (fresh, not canned) and cheese. Loved that one, and would totally have it again (and fully intend to make it at home).
How cute is that little face? The kids? Inhaled the pizza. $25 got us lunch for three: five slices, two drinks. A little on the steep side when it comes to pizza, but for a joint on the boardwalk, about average.
Was it Jersey’s best? No, I don’t think so. But we would definitely go back, and plan to.
- Service is quick and efficient
- Parking behind the restaurant (paid) or on-street (free)
- It’s a Pepsi joint
- Credit cards accepted
- Restaurant and bathrooms were clean
Joey Tomato’s Gourmet Pizza
311 Central Avenue
Pt Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
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I normally eschew carnival type games, but Madeline saw stuffed animals as the prize, and that was the end of that. I started to say no, but then Nick, being the smartypants that he is, said that if they play together (and no one else), one of them would win and he would give her the animal. Very proud Mama moment.