Now Open: Jersey Joe's Pizzeria
Posted Thursday, October 20, 2011, 10:30AM
East Coast transplants looking for a taste of home don't have to look much further than Jersey Joe's Pizzeria in North Park, located at 2310 University Avenue.
Giusepp "Jersey Joe" Scire-Cirreco, the owner and the namesake for whom the establishment was named after, proudly brings to San Diego something that he believes has been missing from its culinary landscape: authentic, East Coast-style pizza.
"California-style (pizza) is very conservative and very plain. East Coast-style has more choices," according to Scire-Cirreco, who opened up Jersey Joe’s on September 1.
With over 15 different pizzas sold whole or by the slice, the choices are overwhelming. Popular slices include the bacon chicken cheddar ranch pizza ($3.50 a slice) loaded with thick chunks of diced chicken. The lasagna pizza ($3.25) is topped with all the usual suspects you would find in traditional lasagna but on surprisingly airy deep-dish crust.
Be sure to check out their specialty dessert pizza— covered with Nutella, topped with chopped lady fingers, sliced almonds and the edges piped with sweetened ricotta cheese ($3.50). It’s available most days or upon special request.
Individual slices range from $2.25 to $4.00 and whole pizzas start at $13.25 to $18.25.
The choices don't end at pizza.
"People here think a pizzeria is only pizza. At a typical pizzeria in Jersey, we have a lot of choices. We serve strombolis, chicken parmigiana, pepperoni garlic knots, rice balls and cheese steaks. A lot of people have come in for zeppoles. We have those."
The zeppoles (3 for $1) are fried pieces of dough with a generous dusting of powdered sugar. “Jersey Joe” doesn’t want you to miss them, so they’re found right along with the pizzas in the display case.
“When people come in, they feel like they’re home.”
Guest post and photos by Betty Benny