Review: Razza Pizza Artigianale, Jersey City NJ

Razza Pizza Artigianale, the pizza restaurant in Jersey City across the street from City Hall, opened five years ago, shortly after I began this blog. Neapolitan-style pizzerias are common today, but Razza was on the front side of the trend.

Despite frequent trips to Jersey City for business, I could never get to Razza for a pie because I was rarely in town at dinner time.

This week, I finally got the chance, but my visit to Razza comes just one month after Pete Wells of the New York Times (readership somewhat larger than Pizza Quixote) declared Razza (in New Jersey!) to be New York’s best pizza. As a result, even as I arrived before 6:00 p.m. on a weeknight, I waited more than 30 minutes for a seat at the bar.

Razza was buzzing with excited customers on this warm autumn day, some dining al fresco and others at the narrow tables and modest bar. Some were out-of-towners, some were regulars, and some were locals who had to come see if Razza merited the hype. The interior space, narrow and deep, was casually urban-rustic with a warm vibe.

My server warned me that pizzas take a long time (she cited that they are all custom-made, but the real issue was likely the volume of customers relative to the size of the oven). Facing that long wait, I was persuaded to order the beet salad, which was modest in size but not in flavor. Cubes of red and golden beets were drizzled in deep green olive oil with garnishes of cheese, almonds, and paper thin radish slices.

Dining solo, I didn’t have the option of sampling …read more

Source:: Pizza Quixote