If you’re thinking about opening a pizza place down the Shore, don’t do it in Avalon. Or Stone Harbor for that matter. Everyone already has their favorite pizza place, and it’s Circle. Circle Pizza is a pretty standard spot, with large pies topped with the classic pepperoni or mushrooms and onions, and huge fountain sodas that will make their way, half-full, into your fridge when you get home. But due to how simultaneously greasy and crunchy their slices are, this indoor/outdoor spot has a fanatical following. You’ll find just as many people here at 2pm on a beach break as you will at 2am after the bars close down - though everyone will likely be wearing the same amount of clothing as if they had just gotten out of the water.
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Angelo’s is a counter-service pizza shop in Bella Vista with an excellent Detroit-style “Upside Down Jawn” pizza.
Stina is technically a pizzeria, but the best things here are their Mediterranean dishes.
If you’re looking for some good Neapolitan-style pizza in a casual space, go to Pizzeria Vetri.
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Quahog’s is half seafood restaurant, and half take-out taco shack. You should make room in your summer for both halves.
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