Razza, Jersey City, NJ
It takes a lot to hit my number one spot for wood fired pizza.....
My favorite place for a few years was CO. in NYC, owned by Sullivan Street Bakery.
Unfortunately, Co. closed. My 2nd pick has been Luzzo's on the Lower East Side, NYC.
I haven't been to Luzzo’s in a while - so would need to re-visit to see if its still a delicious pie. As far as New York Pizza places they were my two-top fav's. Of course, this does not include the infamous Frank Pepe's in New Haven, CT. Frank Pep's is my all-time #1 favorite; their white clam pizza, is the bomb. Please note this does not pertain to the Frank Pepe's in Yonkers, their reviews are not favorable.
Razza; a small wood fired pizza restaurant located in Jersey City, is my new TOP Pick.
The bad side is - its very hard to get into, the lines can be up to two hours. Your best bet is to go super early and wait on line for opening. They are also very strict about having every person actually on the line in order to be seated. I must say...it is worth the wait, and I DO NOT wait on line for any restaurant. The atmosphere is simple but nice, on the order of a Williamsburg, Brooklyn restaurant vibe.
The food was stupendous! The artisanal pizzas were amazing. I tried the classic Margherita, the Burrata & the Pepperoni. All were super delish, the tomato sauce was seasoned and tasty. The crust was well done too perfection. The perfect pie is hard to find. Many times I find with pizza - the tomato sauce is lacking in flavor or under cooked resulting in a tomatoey or metal can taste. The dough can be undersalted or too dried out.....the center can be too wet and droopy; although this is how real Italian Neapolitan wood fired pizza is made, a bit wet and droopy in the middle. 😉.
Classic Margherita Pie
The small plates were also amazing. The fire roasted meatballs with an added dollop of fresh ricotta cheese - so very tender are now one of my favorites. The burrata and prosciutto was so fresh and delicious sprinkled with hazelnuts. The homemade bread and butter are worth paying for. Last, but not least - the Salted Caramel Panna Cota was the perfect culinary sweet finale.
Fire Roasted Meatballs - Fresh Ricotta Cheese
Burrata, Prosciutto EOV & Hazelnuts
Homemade Bread & Butter
Salted Caramel Panna Cota
If you are a pizza connoisseur and "will travel for a good slice", then Razza is worth the trip.
Razza Pizza Artigianale
275 Grove Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302