#87 Spirito's Restaurant, Elizabeth, N.J. (Sausage and Pepperoni)
If you’re from a certain part of Northern New Jersey, there’s about a 100 percent chance that you’ve heard of Spirito’s, and an equally good chance that you’ve been there. Owned and operated by the Spirito family since it opened in 1932, the dim, wood-paneled Spirito’s is a restaurant where time — and the menu — stands still. Crowds gather nightly for three equally legendary menu items: ethereally light homemade ravioli, swimming in marinara; veal Parm that’s so big it doesn’t fit on the plate it’s served on; and, of course, the pizza: a thin, crisp crust, an oregano-heavy sauce, and just the right amount of cheese make this pizza one that mercifully won’t fill you up after a slice or two, even if you top it with sausage and pepperoni (which you should do). That’s a good thing, because you’re going to want some ravioli, too. And veal Parm. A couple of things to know before going: it’s cash-only, and you have to bring your own butter for the bread. Why? Because that’s the way it is.