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Best of Long Valley Patch: Italian Cuisine

Just about everyone loves Italian food. Where's your favorite place?

From a slice of pizza to spaghetti and meatballs and everything in between, it's hard to say Italian cuisine doesn't whet the pallets of just about everyone.

So, welcome to the inaugural edition of Long Valley Patch's "Best Of"–a weekly column that will ask readers to vote for, comment on, and review their favorite local businesses in specific categories.

And what better category than Italian cuisine to start with?

Here's a list of the local eateries we're asking readers to vote on:



Pietro's Villa
Roman Pizza


(If we're leaving one off the list, please let us know in the comments section)

Because this poll is not scientific, it is not the sole consideration in choosing a winner. The winner will be determined by the Patch editor, based on poll results and reviews on Patch Places. Please vote only once per survey, per Patch.

Voting in the poll below is open until 9 a.m. Friday. Ties will be broken by whichever business has the most positive comments and reviews. We will announce the winner at noon Friday.

Claire February 27, 2012 at 11:51 AM
you forgot Valley Restaurant
Jason Koestenblatt (Editor) February 27, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Hi Claire - We've added Valley Restaurant to the list - thanks!
Nicole Faulkner February 27, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Benito's??
Jason Koestenblatt (Editor) February 27, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Hey Nicole - Benito's is actual in Chester, so if you head over to Mendham-Chester.patch.com, you'll be able to vote on it there. Thanks for the comment!
Heather Jacobs Keller February 27, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Mama's!!! I know they are in Hackettstown, but being the only restaurant to offer Gluten Free Italian options, which our family needs, it's hands down our favorite!
Nicole Faulkner February 27, 2012 at 04:44 PM
That occured to me, but then I noticed that Pietro's & Roman Pizza are on the list - neither are in LV. Right?
Jason Koestenblatt (Editor) February 27, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Great question, Nicole, and it's pretty tricky. While Roman (Hastings Square) and Pietro's (Rt. 46) have Hackettstown mailing addresses, both are actually within Washington Township's borders (our coverage area, mainly), and that's why we've included them in our poll. Hope this helps!
Nicole Faulkner February 27, 2012 at 04:59 PM
ok-got it!
Joanne February 28, 2012 at 01:03 AM
this shoud have been split into two catagories Pizza and then Italian Food some of the mentioned establishments are good to grab a slice, but it would be different if you wanted to sit down for a family dinner. Or perhaps take home a pie when it comes to pizza do you want it on a paper plate or glass plate? Pietro's has awesome food and a pleasant atmosphere....
Jon February 28, 2012 at 01:23 AM
As it just so happens, we just got another delicious pizza from Bob's for dinner tonight. Whole Wheat crust, vegan soy cheese, and every kind of veggie imaginable. YUM!!! For $21.40 including tax, it's a real bargain too. Seems like the ingredients alone should cost that much! This is our fourth time having one of the pizzas at Bob's, and they are four for four so far. We are very happy they are there! The people working there have been different each time we went, but all of them have been extremely friendly and professional.
djson February 28, 2012 at 04:28 AM
The General Store has great pizza. As much as I like Bob's - I like everything (including the people) except the traditional pizza.
Hookerman February 28, 2012 at 03:50 PM
One thing Long Valley doesn't lack is pizza joints. I know there's one in each of the two strip malls on the south side of Rte 513. Is Phil's the one on the mall by PNC Bank, and Bob's in the mall just west of that? Which is the small standalone restaurant on 513 just a little east of the malls?
Eileen Stokes February 28, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Cornerstone
Kurt February 28, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I like the good pizza in town, but I'll eat bad pizza if it costs half as much. I'd take a Dominos or a Little Ceaser's any day in our town. $20 for pizza is robbery.
Hookerman February 28, 2012 at 09:21 PM
$20 for one pizza??? Roman gives you two plain pizzas for $15, and they're pretty good!
RGJ February 28, 2012 at 10:54 PM
I didn't vote, because Bob's and Valley are a tie with me, and as someone noted, very different. Both friendly, well-run places. Bob's pizzas are awesome and he can pretty much make anything you want, although green olives were some work. Bob has a great breakfast business too. Tim's (Valley) has generous servings and the food is always piping hot, rare nowadays, plus great live music. They really don't seem to compete in offerings, which is probably why they are brothers-in-law :-)
Joyce Beck February 29, 2012 at 03:47 PM
- Phil's and Splash for pizza. - Cornerstone for Italian dinner take-out. Huge portions. One is enough for two people. - Splash for Italian dinner at the restaurant. The veal is always so tender you can cut it with a fork.
Barbara Seelig-Brown/Stress Free Cooking March 01, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Hi-I am a cookbook author and blogger for the Italian Trade Commission. I can't stress enough the value I/we place on Quality Ingredients. If it is going into your body, why not get the best ingredients - which will likely cost a little more. Just my 2 cents. Best, Barbara Seelig-Brown, www.stressfreecooking.com

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