The pizza is burnt.. Yep! That's thier trademark. I don't mean just over done, I mean black like charcoal. I asked that my tomato pie be lightly cooked, but no freaking way! It was still burnt.
I don't understand all these retards that rant and rave about this place. Who the hell wants to eat charcol? The service sucked too. Zero regard to universal precautions. Saw the waiter wipe his nose before serving us, etc.
Cons: Sucked big time
(1)The pizza/tomato is, at best, so-so
(2)There are VERY SERIOUS SHORTCOMINGS WITH THIS DUMP:
(a) the outright arrogance of the owners and staff. Expect to be treated like dirt! (if you don't believe me read what others who give this this dump less than a stellar recommendation had to say - it's true!)
(b) there is no bathroom! I repeat, THERE IS NO BATHROOM! Unbelievable!
Don't be lulled by the "Emperor's Clothes" rave reviews here. No one wants to feel like they've been taken & will follow along like sheep raving about this dive when it's simply ... a dump..
Cons: very poor servce, arrogant owner
I ate there last night, and I will say the tomato pie was excellent, however; I will not patronize this establishment again. The staff was unfriendly; they had an open table that could accommodate six people but refused to seat 4 people at it and made everyone wait 15 minutes until a four top opened up. There was not a single smile or thank you from any of the staff. It looked like a funeral in this place. I am not sure what the deal is with this place but one thing is for sure, money can?t buy you happiness. If you have to eat their pie, get it to go.
Pros: Excellent tomato pie
Cons: Unfriendly owners and staff, no rest room.
If you like fat crust pizza- skip this place. However, if you by any chance happen to love thin crust or at least willing to try- go for the D'Lorenzo's pizza. I been there at Hamilton Ave place, which is supposedly much better that the Hudson St place. Anyway, you can try both- I bet you will not be disappointed. Whenever I visit this place, I only order simple cheese pizza since it has most kick.
You would have to go to a gourmet restaurant like Osteria on North Broad in Philadelphia to get anything close. Anyone who says different has no appreciation for good food. Who the heck cares if the pizza is not perfectly round. When these guys burn the crust, it does not affect the flavor at all-- that is part of the charm. Try the garlic and the meatball pies.
I always get mine with Mushrooms, Onions and Sweet Peppers!! The sweet peppers are the secret ingredient to a great pizza and very hard to find at other pizza places. Give it a try. Bon Apetit!
Pros: Great Pizza, Plenty of Parking, Excellent Value
De Lorenzo's recently opened a second location in Robbinsville, NJ. Check out their website (delorenzostomatopies) for further information. I've been frequenting their Hudson St. locale for 30 years and their pie is the best. Just tried their new location (Which just opened). The pie is awesome! Same wonderful taste and ingredients...but with more amenities. New at this location are bathrooms, menus, salad, more pie ovens, and they accept credit cards (Except Discover). The atomosphere is wonderful with dark cherry wood tables and cabinets, large comfortable booths that will easily hold six, and nostalgic black and white photos on the walls of the original De Lorenzo's and family. Get there early (like 15 minutes BEFORE they open) or you'll be waiting for an hour. But the wait is so worth it! Most importantly the pie at this new location tastes just the same as the Hudson location. Same ingredients, same juicy delicious tomatoes and crisp crust. It is worth all the hype people give it. Treat yourself to the best pie you will ever eat...you will be hooked forever.
FOUND OUT ABOUT DE LORENZO'S AROUND 1972 AND NOT MUCH HAS CHANGED... THANKFULLY NOT THE PIE'S !!!
NO, YHEY DON'T HAVE A PUBLIC RESTROOM AND IF THAT'S BIG ON YOUR LIST OF THING'S TO DO WHEN YOU GO OUT TO EAT, DON'T GO. IF YOU WANT TO EAT A DELICIOUS TOMATO PIE IN A SMALL, QUIET, OLD FASHIONED PLACE, THEN THIS IS THE PLACE FOR YOU.
THE PIES ARE SECOND TO NONE AND REALLY HAVEN'T CHANGED SINCE CHRIST WAS A CORPORAL. THE THIN CRUST AND THE RIGHT BLEND OF SAUCE AND CHEESE ARE PERFECT !
IF YOU WANT THE "TOMATO PIES" THAT ARE MORE LIKE EATING TOMATO SAUCE OFF A SLICE OF BREAD, THEN YOU MAY WANT TO LOOK ELSEWHERE. THE HUDSON STREET LOCATION IS IN THE 'BURG NEAR THE OLD INDUSTRIAL SECTION OF THE CITY AND HARKENS BACK TO A SIMPLER TIME. IF THERE'S A LINE, BE PATIENT... IT'S WORTH THE WAIT....
Pros: BEST TOMATO PIE I EVER HAD
Cons: SMALL PLACE, YOU WIIL WAIT ON THE WEEKEND...
I have to admit ive been reading reviews for a couple of weeks and they have all been amazing to say the least. So today i finally found time with my schedule to make a trip i live in manalapan on rt 33 so it was about a half an hour trip for me not bad but when i got there i have to admit i wasnt all that wowed and im not saying it was bad it was good but not amazing not compared to Totonnos or grimaldis in brooklyn or lombardis in manhattan maybe it was the lack of a real coal burning oven or maybe it was because the crust was just too burnt to the point where it was black or maybe it was that the crust was just to thin i got a large sausage and a small clam with tomato first of all the sausage pie was cut in very weird shapes not the usual 8 slice setup but more of like strips with some resembling pizza slices and others just long thin rectangulars i dont know if this was an off night as i have read that the hudson location was known for being rather inconsistent but i guess will have to give it another try and also try the hamilton location for some comparison
Pros: parking pizza was good
Cons: service ambience no restroom pizza shaped weird hard to share
Been going to DeLorenzos for 55 years and nothings changed except the family members running the place. I've traveled all over the states and made it a point to eat some pie where ever I've been ,(in trenton we call pizza,tomato pie it has nothing to do with not having cheese.after all pizza is pie in italian so what you order a pie pie).
like so many before me attested the place is unique( soup nazish owners no john long waits same decore for 55 years ) and so is the pie. it is simply the best you will ever eat thin crust light as a feather and crispy ,with sweet tomato sauce as the catalist (with just a hint of small tomato chunks). the cheese is not heavey and stringy (like you see on so many pies) and no matter the quality toping be it garlic, sausage, peperoni, sweet peppers etc. the various tastes come through like a symphony for the mouth forgetaboutit !!
Hey and the DeLorenzon on Hamilton ave. a couple of blocks away will be the second best pie you will ever eat (you gotto walk through their kitchen to use bathroom but they have one) and friendlier owners.
If you love tomato pie (pizza) you have no choice you must try either (preferably both)Delorenzos before you die or you will spend eternity in pergatory eating pizza hut cardboard.
Pros: the pie stupid
Cons: everything else, hey you don't go there to make friends
The best pizza in the world . Hamilton is just a bad knock off of Hudson street. Yea so what they dont have a bathroom , its the price you have to pay for the BEST PIZZA IN THE WORLD . Just go shut up and enjoy ..
If you're looking for pizza, don't come to Delorenzo's, but if you're looking for the best TOMATO PIE in NJ rush right in. The place is small, but that is just the charm of a row home turned restaurant. If you have any doubts about how good it is, just try to get a lunch reservation on Friday...just a tip, start calling at 8am.
In my opinion, Delorenzo's tomato pie is heaven.
Pros: Awesome tomato pie, prompt service when you call ahead
Cons: small, no bathroom
Just stoped by after hearing about it and found the greatest pizza in the world. We were in town for business. I can agree that its not in the best part of town however they have a police officer that works there. Not only was the cop friendy but while waiting we got a history lesson about the neighborhood. The place is small and the wait staff is friendly. They do however treat the regulars better then the non regulars. No bathroom can be a problem. Dont worry about the parking the officer walks you to you car. I liked the plain. When ordering get an extra to go!
Pros: Great pizza, safe
Cons: No Bathroom, samll long wait
I read the Citysearch reviews and drove all the way to the seedy side of town that De Lorenzo's is in. Crisp crust... yes, tasty... no. By the way, I actually liked the fact that the restaurant was a hole in the wall in a run-down part of town. That gave it some character. But I could make a better pizza by pouring catsup over burnt toast. All that said, maybe you'll like it, a lot of people obviously did. Go to Conte's pizza in Princeton if you're not averse to spacious restaurants in safe neighborhoods with great pizza.
I live in Trenton, there are several other places in Trenton I would get pizza from than DeLorenzo's. I love pizza and travel for it. Give me New York pizza, give me New Haven pizza, give me Philadelphia pizza, give me other places in New Jersey. I'll take the other Delorenzo's on Hamilton Ave., Massimo's on Hamilton Ave. Delorenzo's bottom comes out burnt and they don't care. You have a complaint? Forget it. Their pizza is nothing special. And they don't appreciate your business. Go to DeLorenzo's on Hamilton Ave., they dress in bowties, the place is clean, friendly, they thank you for your business but it's closed Sun & Mon, only open at lunch and then not agin until 4pm.
Cons: Business burnt, bad attitude, small
I grew up and lived in Trenton for close to 25 years. There were two places to go for true tomatoe pies. You were either a De Lorenzo's fan (Hudson) or a Maruca fan (N. Olden Ave) Now that Maruca's has gone by the wayside, De Lorenzo's is "THE" place to go. I live in Texas now, and crave the Trenton Tomatoe Pie. I wish they would start a mail order service like the Philly Cheese Steaks. I'd buy one every week. Order the sausage (it's fresh crumbled sausage, not pre cooked sliced) Man I'm talking myself into a trip to Trenton.
Pros: Taste, it's the best!
Cons: Parking and no Bathrooms. Other than that! Have a blast.
Sadly, I grew up in the NJ/NY area and never ate at DeLorenzo's until recently when visiting my mother in the hospital over there in Trenton (I live in WA now). It was a very difficult trip, but let me tell you- thank god for those amazing DeLorenzo's pies!!! OH MY GOD! They are absolutely perfect. We would buy a couple every night before going back to our hotel. The first time we ate both pizzas in the car while driving back to the hotel- and were finished by the time we got back! Seriously, folks- do yourselves a favor- get thee to DeLorenzo's. And convince them to start shipping.
Pros: Best pizza ever
i cant understand why this is in the top 10.
Without a doubt De lorenzo's Tomato pies is the best place in the country to get pure, honest pizza. NYC and Chicago are well known pizza towns but the secret is starting to come out that if you want pizza in it's purest and best form, Trenton N.J. is the place to go, and De Lorenzo's has the best pizza in the best pizza town in the country.
I've had pizza at all the legendary pizzarias all over the place NY, Chicago, Boston Philadelphia, etc. and nothing compares with De Lorenzo's. If you have never been to De Lorenzo's you have no idea of what youre missing.
The Tomato Pie is the champagne of the pizza world and nobody makes it as good as De Lorenzo's.
Worth the wait. If you bring children, bring games or something to keep them occupied while waiting. Make sure to go to the bathroom before you arrive. BYOB.
You have not enjoyed pizza till you had a Tomato Pie from DeLorenzo (Hudson St. Trenton). You must try it just once and you will wonder what you have been eating all along.
Pros: Homemade, Excellent, Like being home
Cons: Small, Busy, Crowded
THE pizza (tomato pie) that all pizza must be compared. I live in New York City which has AMAZING Pizza. I've been to all the best: Patsy's, Totonnos, Grimaldi's, Joes, Arturos. While close, none of these classic joints is as PERFECT a pie as Delorenzos. The perfect balance of thin, chewy slightly charred crust, to tangy tomato sauce, just enough cheese and sparingly used but perfect toppings. Get more pies than the number of people in your party. Ask for them "staggered". Get a side order of hot peppers and bring your own Beer or Wine or both. Sure they don't have a bathroom but sacrifices need to be made when you are enjoying a pie this perfect.
I have gone to DeLorenzo's for 30 years now and it is the best Tomato Pie (Pizza)you will ever eat. They tried to grow and open some other locations in the 80's, but the Hudson St. location is the original and best. For years Only locals, to the City of Trenton, knew about DeLorenzo's and it was a type of prestige to "turn people on" to DeLorenzo Pie, but now word has obviously traveled as far as Philly. If you go, think about take-out. There isn't much room and no BATHROOMS. Hours are limited.
Pros: Best Tomato Pie, Original for years, Step back in Time
Cons: Small dining room, NO bathrooms, Can be a long wait
I grew up in Trenton less than one block from DeLorenzo's. I now live in Minneapolis and make DeLorenzo's a part of my itinerary on ever trip home. Second stop the Casino Restaurant on Andersen St. for a n Italian Style Hot Dog. What could be better? Well, maybe a trip to Italian Peoples Bakery for a canoli. Perfect trip.
Pros: Reasonable Prices, Good Food, Good Company
This was the Best pie I ever had! Weekly customer.
Pizza is good, byob, but the place has no restrooms, you have to wait outside to get a seat, its very small inside. Good luck finding it in the 'burg and finding a sport ot park on the street.
Pros: good pizza
Cons: no parking, no restrooms, limited seating
I enjoy the taste of the pie but always find it difficult to find parking. I find myself going to De Lorenzo's on Hamilton Ave (owned by the brother)more often who also has a great tasting pie, larger facilities, surrounding's are better lit, has a bathroom and easier to park.
Pros: Great tasting pie
Cons: poor parking, no bathroom
i really do not like tomatoe pies but one day my parents tricked me into going there and ever since then that is my favorite pizza that i have ever had,,,it even beats the pizza i have eaten in chicago!!!!!!!
THis pie is good, especially the fact that they cut a circle pie like a sicillian!
Check out DeLorenzo's on Hamilton Ave though, but definately check out
MOSSIMOS on hamilton ave for THE BEST pie
Pros: AUthentic ITALIAN!
This De Lorenzos is pretty good, but check out the other De Lorenzos in trenton as well........cant think of the street name, but not too far from the other one. They have a bathroom! And their pizza is the best in the world.......its the first place i go when i come home for a visit from school. Check it out!
Pros: great food, cheap
Cons: no bathroom, small, hard to get in
I remember De Lorenzo's from my childhood when I grew up in Trenton, NJ. When I went back there 19 years later, it was walking back into a time I had long forgotten.
De Lorenzo's not only looked the same, but still made the best food I remember. I was surprised to see the restraunant hadn't changed. However, finding a parking space close by was still a challenge.
There are few places I visit when I'm in NJ. De Lorenzo's is always #1.
Pros: Atmosphere, Warmth, Friendly
If you're expecting real pizza at DeLorenzo's, you will be disappointed. They are TOMATO PIES. There's little or no cheese and they are usually burnt. True pizza lovers should not go there. Tomato pie lovers may like the place, but the "ambience" is nonexistent. No bathrooms, no atmosphere.
Pros: busy, friendly, prompt service
Cons: bad parking, no bathrooms, no cheese
Being a native Trentonian, I grew up on DeLorenzo's pizza... and now that I no longer live in the area, I am going through withdrawal!!!
There is no such thing as "DeLorenzo-like" pizza in the Washington, D.C. area, which is truly a hole in this area's restaurant offerings... there is nothing in the world like it, and I honestly would drive 3 hours, back to Trenton to get a pie... I know that sounds crazy, but when you crave it, you gotta have it!
Thin crust less chese more tomato with mushroom, black olives and light garlic. Do the same with extra pepperoni and light garlic. Until you had this, you haven't eaten tomato pie or pizza on this earth. We call it the tomato pie run. Ongoing for fifteen years. No sharesies, one pie each. Nothing goes home.
The Boys From Delran High School
Pros: There are no cons., Bathroom is the best
Never had any better in the Philadelphia area. And that's from a thick crust guy commenting on their thin-crust pizza!
Pros: great sauce & cheese, great toppings, moderate prices
Cons: no bathrooms, long wait on weekends
The best pizza anywhere! This place would make the people in Italy want to fly to New Jersey for a pie!
For two years, I have attended the Prime Time Shootout at the Sovereign Bank Arena and walked over to De Lorenzo's a few times. What a great pizza!! I compare this pizza to Santarpio's in East Boston, Pizzeria Regina's in Boston, and Frank Pepe's in New Haven. The person taking the money has been mentioned but I disagree. The "locals" get a very friendly greeting. Us visitors can only sit there and wish we could be locals. For one thing, the locals can go to the bathroom before they come for the pizza or slip out to go home if they need to. Can't wait until the tourney this year to return to De Lorenzo
Pros: Tasty Pie, Great sauce, Great crust
Cons: No Rest Room, No place to wait, crowded all the time
The best pie I ever had. The wait is worth every minute.
Pros: Great pie, Inexpensive
Cons: No restrooms
It's the best, but you will have to wait for it.
Pros: The Best Pizza
Cons: Parking, capacity, service
Without a doubt, De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies on Hudson Street in Trenton are the best ever made. THey are not technically, a "pizza," they are in a class all their own. Worth the drive from anywhere.
Get the sausage pie and taste why a 10 rating may be too low. Get the plain and order another when it's ready. You'll thank me for that tip. Toccanelli's
knows the best pie is from Trenton.
Cons: Street parking
Whoever invented pizza had this place in mind. Their pizza's the BEST and, YES, I've been to many places in NYC (I'm there constantly) and most of the best in Jersey (Pete & Elda's is a runner up). Yeah, the place is a dump, but so is Peter Luger's. YES the people have bad attitudes, but so do they at Peter Luger's. This place is a must for those who want to know what pizza should taste like, just ask for a double topping as opposed to a single. DeLorenzo's sits comfortably in the pizza throne.
Witout a doubt the best tomato pie (or pizza) I have ever had. What makes DeLorenzo's so good is no mystery; it's just good ingrediants. While the pie is great, the service, in a word, sucks. If you're not a regular you won't be aware that there isn't a menu. And you won't be aware that aren't any bathrooms until it's too late! How this is allowed to continue in a restuarant is amazing. And, if you're lucky enough, you may get the pleasure of having the owner's wife wait on your table. Consider yourself extremley lucky if she mutters a "thank you". Any half-decent pizza shop with a brain could put out the same product as DeLorenzo's; instead of using cut-rate ingrediants spend a little more and go for the quality stuff.
It's not pizza, it's tomato pie and DeLorenzos is the BEST. Thin crust, order it with sausage, mushrooms and garlic and make it well done. New Haven, NYC, Chicago and Philly, all runnersup.