One of the main reasons for starting this blog was to share family stories, recipes and my passion for tomato pie. Tomato pie aka pizza is the complete food! Carbohydrates, protein and vegetables all found in one luscious slice; what more is there! Tomato pie is absolutely orgasmic, a chewy thin crispy crust, covered with sweet San Marzano tomatoes, lightly covered in creamy fresh mozzarella cheese, topped with fragrant fresh basil leaves and a subtle drizzle of EVOO. Yum!! Or then again that same crust topped with fresh diced garlic, drizzled with olive oil, fresh finely chopped rosemary, grated Parmesan cheese, fresh mozzarella and thin slices of Procuitto. Like wine, white or red, pizza choices are abundant and styles vary. You can have your pizza thick, bold, chewy or thin, crisp, velvety; your palate will decide. It can be wood fired, coal burning, a brick oven or the traditional style oven we’ve known for years. My first introduction to Tomato Pie was while reading a wonderful book with my classroom children titled, Nicky Fifth’s Garden State Adventure. This delightful story opened up the amazing state of New Jersey and a new way to look at the Garden State! However, the world of tomato pie was my adventure to pursue. Road trip; our first stop was DeLorenzo’s. As mentioned in the book the original pizzeria was located in Trenton and has since closed, but re-located in Hamilton, NJ. This local family run business location in Robbinsville was our first stop of many in the pursuit of our favorite tomato pie. Be prepared to stand in line; they open at 4:00 pm for dinner. Get there early and hungry, or you could go for lunch and avoid the crowd. It’s BYOB, great salads and fantastic thin crust tomato pie and Yes, it has cheese on it! Near me now is a place called Forno, owned by the Lamberti family, which has a good thin crust pizza. I love the small personal tomato pie with their scrumptious Italian sausage. They also offer cheese free tomato pie. So for now you know two of my secret tomato pie haunts, stay tuned for more on tomato pie!
Forno, Maple Shade, NJ