Fresh out of the oven, we have a winner in New Jersey Monthly’s 2018 Pizza poll, sponsored by Reno’s Appliance. Reservoir Restaurant in South Orange has come out on top and can officially claim to be New Jersey’s favorite pizza.
The original Reservoir Restaurant was opened in 1935 in Newark by Vincenza Agnellino, a widow with six children. Vincenza would be proud of her grandchildren, siblings Bill Agnellino and Barbara Camarata, who run the restaurant their family moved to South Orange in 1965. Quality ingredients, their own sauce recipe and the black steel pans in which dough crisps make Reservoir pizza special. Designing your own? Meatballs, made in house, and fresh-fried eggplant make one of the simplest and best pies.
Some 4,774 votes were cast in the Championship Round, the most votes of any round in the four-week competition. We started with 50 pizza restaurants from throughout the state, and reduced the field to 30 for the second week, 10 for the third week, and 4for the Championship Round. In addition to Reservoir Restaurant, the final four were Patsy’s in Paterson, Tony D’s in Caldwell and Star Tavern in Orange.
Congratulations to the winner, and thank you for participating in our 2018 Pizza Poll!