#18 Papa’s Tomato Pies, Trenton, N.J. (Tomato Pie)
Lombardi's may generally be considered to be "America's first pizza," but as Nick Azzaro, owner of Papa's Tomato Pies, isn't shy about telling you, Papa's — founded in 1912 — is actually America's oldest continuously owned family-owned pizzeria. With so much tradition, it makes sense that Papa’s made this list of 101 Best Pizzas in America, especially since this year Papa’s celebrated its 101st anniversary. For Papa’s, the family behind the pie is just as important as the slice, as the recipe has been passed down through generations. The Azzaro family cooks up the made-to-order pies that can be customized in a variety of ways. Customers can choose from everything from garlic to mushrooms and pepperoni to meatballs, or add some anchovies for the extra kick. But for the Azzaros it’s the tradition that makes their restaurant unique, so you’ll be ordering the tomato pie. But since you’ve made the trip, brought friends, and are hungry, you’ll also be ordering a Papa's tangy original, the mustard pie. It sounds crazy, but it works. You’ll crave it.