In anointing New Jersey “the best place to eat pizza in the country” yesterday, Food & Wine magazine featured two local pizzerias, Razza and Bread & Salt, as exhibits A and B.

Food & Wine cited Razza owner Dan Richter for his “expert-level pizza-making capabilities” and for using “the exceptional, often underrated bounty of the Garden State, from heirloom tomatoes, to buffalo mozzarella, to—yes, locally grown— hazelnuts.” The article then goes on to laud Bread & Salt as “Rick Easton’s appealing little café, serving light-as-a-feather, impossibly perfect Roman-style pizza by the slice.”

“Suddenly, Jersey City had become this glorious showcase for just how far we’d come with American pizza, after twenty-odd years of tinkering under the hood. Very different styles, certainly, but both Richer and Easton are working on a level most people will need to experience to appreciate—this is pizza so good, you could eat it with nothing more than a bit of olive oil and a sprinkling of flaky salt, and you’d still know it was one of the best you’d ever had.”

According to workmen, Razza is expanding into the space next door previously occupied by the boutique known as Tia’s. Razza did not respond to a request for confirmation.

Razza and Bread & Salt are located at 275 Grove Street and 437 Palisade Avenue respectively.

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