#86 Antonio's Brick Oven Pizza, Metuchen, N.J. (Capricciosa)
To paraphrase The Star-Ledger's Peter Genovese (but flip the compliment), perhaps the only thing harder than making a best New York or New Haven list is making a best New Jersey pizza list. Genovese did an admirable job this year after Thrillist's 33 Best Pizzas in America included just two Jersey pizzerias (Razza in Jersey City and Conte's in Princeton), listing 16 great places he thought they missed (though Pete, there was no absence of Italians in Missouri). Among these notable pizzerias was Antonio’s Brick Oven Pizza in Metuchen, which serves a deep-dish margherita, "not deep-dish like Chicago, but deep enough," notes Genovese, "a tomatoey, crusty winner." The Daily Meal’s panel agreed, singling out the Capricciosa (prosciutto, capers, artichoke hearts, red onion, marinara, mozzarella, and oregano) among Antonio’s best pies.