A pizza heaven: Sampling 3 new shops in Montclair
By STEVEN DESALVO
For Montclair Local
To say that the last year has been hard is an understatement. There have been so many things that we’ve all been going through, and yet one thing unites us all, food.
Comfort food has been important for so many of us during this difficult time. Whether that has been learning to make homemade bread, cookies, cakes or that recipe your mom always made, comfort food helps us to get through some of the most difficult times in our lives.
My ideal comfort food is pizza. I love pizza in all shapes and sizes. I’ll take it from a box from the freezer at the grocery store to the streets of Italy. I’ve never met a pizza that I didn’t like.
That being said, in the past few months not one, not two, but three new pizza joints have popped up in Montclair. Each has its own twist on America’s and my favorite food.
Getting to try these different styles of pizza has been a delicious and really fun experience. Whether you stop by during your lunch break or bring some slices home for dinner, I wholeheartedly recommend all these new spots.
The first new pizza joint in town is Brick and Dough. You might have seen some of their pizzas on Instagram, and the pictures and the pizza are amazing. Having the option to grab breakfast at the café next door and lunch at Brick and Dough at once are pretty amazing. I have done it, and I am not ashamed.
My favorite pies from Brick and Dough are the togarashi sausage and the Buff Chick.
The togarashi sausage combines elements of Asian cuisine like sesame seeds, the famous Japanese spice blend togarashi and scallions with cheese and dough. It’s a pizza unlike one I’ve ever had before. If you are looking for a unique and delicious pizza, this is the one for you.
The Buff Chick is also an amazing pie. It’s the perfect combination of Buffalo chicken and pizza. For those bleu cheese lovers out there, beware, this pizza is topped with ranch, so you’ll have to bring your own bleu cheese. But as a lover of bleu, this pizza does not disappoint.
Next on the list is Little Pizza Heaven. This spot is actually a food truck that is parked behind Blue Mercury.
There are many pizzas to choose from for such a small place. I tried the Figgy Piggy in a personal size, but they also come in larger sizes to share. However, the personal pie was more than enough for lunch for two people.
The Figgy Piggy comes with fig jam, bacon, caramelized onions, mozzarella, Gorgonzola and a balsamic glaze. This pizza is a great mix of salty and sweet, combining flavors that are often associated with each other but not necessarily on a pizza.
Little Pizza Heaven also has cheese, Buffalo chicken, meat lovers’ and veggie lovers’ pies. Even though this spot is only a food truck, they deliver! Whether you walk and get a pie during your lunch break or order a pie for the whole family, don’t forget to give Little Pizza Heaven a visit.
Finally, the newest pizza joint in Montclair is Belgiovine’s Pizza. That name might sound familiar to some of you, which makes sense because Belogiovine’s Pizza is a venture by Belgiovine’s Delicatessen, right next door.
Also, if you have been to Tony D’s Pizza in Caldwell, the taste of Belgiovine’s Pizza might be familiar because this is a collaboration between the two. No more driving to Caldwell to get a Drunken Grandma slice, now you just need to drive up Bloomfield Avenue.
Currently, Belgiovine’s Pizza is only open for lunch, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. But they usually have at least eight pies to choose from. When I went, I couldn’t limit myself and had to try a slice of all eight pies.
Each was more delicious than the next. Honestly, I don’t think I could choose a favorite, so I will list the slices I tried and allow you to choose for yourself: pepperoni, chicken bacon ranch, long hot and ’roni, Hot Grandma, Little Italy, Grandma, cheese and shiitake special. If you are looking for a quick bite during the workday I would recommend taking a walk or drive over to Belgiovine’s Pizza to try some of their new slices.
In this column:
Brick and Dough
110 Walnut St.
Little Pizza Heaven
63-65 Church St.
714 Bloomfield Ave.
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