In the Philly area, tomato pie is usually a square pie with thick crust and savory-sweet tomato sauce. Sometimes with a sprinkling of cheese or another topping. Trenton tomato pies are different.
Trenton tomato pie is a round pie featuring an extra crispy cracker-thin crust, crushed tomatoes, and a just a sprinkling of low-moisture mozzarella cheese. A variety of traditional pizza toppings such as pepperoni, sausage, and mushrooms among others can be added.
Since 1947, DeLorenzo’s Tomato Pies is one of the more popular tomato pie spots in this area of Central Jersey. The original location was in the Chambersburg area of Trenton. Recently, they crossed the Trenton Makes bridge to bring Trenton tomato pie to Pennsylvania in Yardley, Lower Makefield Township.
There is another DeLorenzo’s Pizza, owned by separate members of the same family with the same pies, on Sloan Avenue in Hamilton. Papa’s Tomato Pies, which is the oldest family-owned pizza restaurant in the USA since 1912, is another local favorite. I’m sure there’s a fun and friendly rivalry. And everybody in the area likely argues about who has the best pie.
The real beauty of this pizza is that, while the crust is thin, it retains sturdiness and holds the toppings. Ingredients are carefully applied to the pizza so that it does not become heavy; everything remains intact so you can enjoy the pizza without topping slippage. Strands of mozzarella, dollops of chunky San Marzano tomatoes, and that’s all you need. Unlike other round pies, these are hand-cut in squares instead of triangles. There will be uneven slices, but it doesn’t distract from the deliciousness.
While I’m still an avowed fan of the Philly style tomato pie, Trenton tomato pie has a place, and I enjoyed it quite a bit upon a recent visit to the Robbinsville location with a group of good friends. When we got there on Friday evening, there was about a 45-minute wait. Yes, this place is that popular. Don’t forget to BYOB! We brought a 1.5 liter bottle of Chianti and they provided the corkage at no extra charge and wine glasses.
We started with two plates of Antipasti Salad. Proscuitto, salami, roasted red peppers, roasted long hots, marinated artichoke, Gigante beans, green olives, cured black olives, fresh Mozzarella, and sliced pecorino romano cheese. I’m a huge fan of meaty Gigante beans so I was happy to gobble them up. A fabulous start!
We started out with three pies: Plain, Basil & Garlic, and Sausage. Our group of six finished all three in record time and had to order a fourth – another Sausage since it was by far everybody’s favorite.
We left quite stuffed and satisfied. Four pies and two plates of antipasti set us back $106. Split between six people, it came out to about $22/person. Not bad at all.
Highly recommend trying DeLorenzo’s Tomato Pies. If you’re already a fan, I’d love to hear from you.
If you go, tell them Philly Grub sent ya!
New Jersey Location – 2350 US Highway 33, Robbinsville, New Jersey 08691
Pennsylvania Location – 1707 Langhorne Yardley Road, Yardley, PA 19067
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