#38 Star Tavern Pizzeria, Orange, N.J. (Thin Crust, Any Toppings)
It doesn’t seem fair that a style of pizza like Chicago deep-dish, one that isn’t even technically pizza, has so much national attention, while arguably equal if not better styles of pizza for example, grandma and bar pies (styles that are actually pizzas, not casseroles) still struggle for mainstream acceptance and acknowledgement. So it’s encouraging that The Daily Meal’s panel of experts ranked Orange, N.J.'s Star Tavern Pizzeria among the top 50 pizzas in America. Owned and operated by the Vayianos family since 1980, Star Tavern is now run by Gary Vayianos, a former attorney whose Jersey bar pie institution serves a cracker-thin pizza structurally sound enough to support almost more tangy sauce and cheese than the base should be expected to, something it’s still able to do even when topped with Sicilian tomato, eggplant, red spinach, white spinach, white clam, portobellos, pesto, three cheese, or everything. An everything bar pie — now that’s something else.