People search long and hard for the perfect bar pie and asking anyone in Jersey about which is best will fire up an argument on par with what happened after the screen went black in the final episode of The Sopranos. For us, though, Carmen’s Pizzeria at Pete & Elda’s stands above the rest of what you’ll find down the Shore. Get the XXL, and not because you want the t-shirt you get for finishing it. Get it because it’s damn good. The paper-thin crust is perfectly crisp, and do your best to finish it all onsite because, unlike Carmen’s, leftover thin-crust pizza doesn’t stand the test of time.
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