I discovered DeLorenzo's Tomato Pies (Hudson Street in Trenton, closed January 2012) in 1983 and it was the best pie I've ever had. It was my go-to pizza when I lived in nearby Ewing NJ and then Yardley PA. It was hard to obtain, so my backup pie was Joe's Tomato Pies. It was a great thin-crust pie, much-beloved by regulars including my sister and brother-in-law. They also had some super cream soda, but they have been closed for over a decade.
I was dimly aware of Papa's Tomato Pies but somehow never felt compelled to try it. Last month, we made it back to Hudson Street for our last pies there. This weekend, we needed to make the trek from West Chester PA to Plainsboro NJ. Why not use the occasion to swing by the "new" DeLorenzo's on Rt. 33 in Robbinsville?
We tried that, arriving shortly after 5pm and figuring to be ahead of the rush. Wrong! There was a 45-minute wait, and chaos. We decided that we were not up to it and began thinking about Plan B. I figured it was time to have the "other" DeLorenzo pizza (Hamilton Ave in Trenton, different pie, different owners). However, I recalled that Scott, the NY "Scott's Pizza Tour" guy, visited and love Papa's when he made his pilgrimage to DeLorenzo's. You really should check out his beautiful article and pics here: SCOTT TOURS TRENTON. So we set our GPS for Chambers Street to have some Papa's Tomato Pies.
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We had a party of three. EPBAC (eats pizza but avoids cheese) joined me as usual, and we had AHBI (apartment-hunting broke intern) with us. AHBI spent the first two-thirds of his life in China; he is a very bright young guy but surely a newbie in the world of pizza.
|Pepperoni tomato pie|
|The sausage pie|
The pepperoni pie was also wonderful, but not on the same plane as the sausage pie. It was cooked a little less and the pepperoni was not a standout topping. But both pies filled me with happiness that you can still get a world-class pie in Chambersburg and with regret that I hadn't been eating this great pizza for the past 25 years.
|Not much visual char, but awesome crust|
|The interior at Papa's|
|A beautiful slice of the sausage pie|
If you care about real food in a friendly casual setting, this marvelous throwback deserves your frequent visit.