I’ve gone in search of a lot of different types of cuisine in Atlantic City: steak, tacos, burgers, late night eats, seafood, fried food, etc. And at no time have I ever felt as confident of finding a great place to eat as I do on my current quest—finding the best pizza place in Atlantic City.
The food scene in AC gets beaten up a little bit by a flood of New Jersey jokes and a stark recognition that this gambling destination ain’t what she used to be. In fact, the idea that “true” gambling has gone west to Las Vegas has stuck with Atlantic City a lot longer than it should have.
Today’s Atlantic City has some really great original restaurants and some transplants fortunate enough to call this city home. Still, even when AC was down, the one thing you never needed to worry about was the quality of its Italian food.
Therefore, if you’re in the Atlantic City area and a slice sounds nice, I have eight places you have to try.
8 – Tony Boloney’s
Featuring “badass” grub in “Atlantic City style,” Tony Boloney’s features nine different types of red and vodka pizzas, 17 types of white pizza, and five flavors of vegan pizza. They also have wings, fries, mozzarella sticks, soups, and more.
Still, as the title of this list would indicate, when headed to Tony Boloney’s, pizza is on my mind. Sure, I might grab some wings, but if I’m in the mood for a red (or reddish) sauce, I’m ordering a Jersey fist pump (fennel sausage, green pepper, onion, and smoked mozzarella on a pink vodka sauce).
On the other hand, if white pizza is on my mind, I am heading to ducktown, which evidently has no duck whatsoever. But it does have garlic bread spread, fresh mutz (or as us non-Jersey residents call it “mozzarella”), garlic, herbs, and ribeye steak. How great does that sound? Garlic and ribeye. Pizza doesn’t get much better than that!
7 – Tony’s Baltimore Grill
I am a big fan of Tony’s Baltimore Grill because it’s open 24 hours a day and for that, it deserves to be on a whole bunch of lists. Also, the fact that it has been around since 1927 is another reason to give it high marks.
Of course, the real reason to go is for the pizza.
I could start with a meatball or chicken tender platter, but again, this is a list for pizza. Therefore, I am going to choose from one of their nine specialty pies or make my own. While I like to do my own thing, in this case, I am definitely going to nab the clams casino pizza (clam sauce, bacon, onion, green pepper, and garlic) or the spaghetti pizza with spaghetti sauce, spaghetti, and my choice of meatballs, sausage, or anchovies.
6 – 3 Brothers From Italy
If you want good, down-home, honest pizza, then you have to give 3 Brothers From Italy a try. The premises aren’t exactly the most exclusive , but in the grand scheme of things, does that really matter?
This is about pizza, not fine dining! And a place with no frills can actually be a good thing, especially when the pies are huge.
There is a lot to love about the big, thin pieces they serve here at 3 Brothers. They have plenty of the classic toppings, including bacon, anchovies, and even ham and pineapple for those really particular pizza-eaters. They can also do a plain cheese, pepperoni, or sausage.
Trust me, they’re all good, so it really doesn’t matter.
What I really love about 3 Brothers From Italy, though, is their epic food challenge. I haven’t tried it yet, but I definitely think I can do a whole pizza in just a little over 11 minutes so that I, too, can win 250 pies.
Think you can do it? Me, too! Mission accepted.
5 – Famous Famiglia Pizzeria
Famous Famigila Pizzeria is another great New York City transplant into the heart of Atlantic City. In this case, Famous Famiglia lives in Resorts Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City and serves up quick bites to the passersby.
Of course, this means that what you get won’t be quite up to the same quality as what you would get in The City That Never Sleeps, but Famous Famiglia in AC still has plenty to show for it. For the most part, this pizzeria serves pizza by the slice.
The highest marks are given to some of the more basic slices (like the pepperoni), but anything you order here will be good. Also, you should definitely try the garlic knots! They’re not pizza, but they are really, really good.
4 – Walt’s Original Primo Pizza
I have to say that one of the things I love about Walt’s is the location. Being right there near the ocean does something great for a slice of pizza. I don’t know if it’s the ocean breeze or what, but it’s a nice way to enjoy a slice.
With that said, the menu at Walt’s Original Primo Pizza isn’t huge. They offer six specialty pizzas (including the Hawaiian and primo BBQ chicken pizza) as well as the option to make your own on their Sicilian crust.
Still, despite the limited selection, the pies are amazing and you are pretty much guaranteed to get a good slice whenever you go.
3 – Gino’s Pizza
Gino’s is another Atlantic City establishment that will serve you a bunch of items that you expect from a pizza place that caters to different tastes: hot subs, cold subs, garlic knots, appetizers, quesadillas, etc. Still, this is a list about pizza, so let me tell you about the pies at Gino’s Pizza.
They have 1 red pizzas and seven white pizzas, as well as pizzas you can order up the way you like it. My personal recommendations are the eggplant supreme on red sauce with eggplant, spinach, and fresh tomato or the chicken and broccoli on white crust.
Still, it’s hard to imagine ordering anything wrong at Gino’s.
2 – Pin-Up Pizza
Pin-Up Pizza is another great casino-based restaurant, this one to be found in the quick bites offerings of Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City.
First, the great thing about Pin-Up is that they offer absolutely huge pizza slices that they sell by the slice. Their menu includes seven types of pizza (including plain, vegetarian, white, and BBQ chicken). Further, you can get the slices in either plain cheese style or Sicilian and add the toppings of your choice.
For my money though, I’m pretty happy just to walk up and order a slice of whatever they have. Even plain cheese can be just the bite I need to keep me going.
They also have garlic knots, salads, and stromboli, too. But again, if I am going to Pin-Up, I just want a slice so I can get back to the action.
1 – Chico & Sons
Chico is a newish pizza offering opened by the sons (Richard and Michael) and named after the dad (Chico) who has been in the pizza and sub business since he was a teen. With two locations in New Jersey, the restaurant really is “40 years in the making.”
You can tell, too, in the attention that Chico & Sons gives their product. Like a lot of other places on this list, Chico & Sons has a full range of hot and cold subs for you to offer. You can also try one of their chicken cutlets, with as many different flavorings as you will find pizza varieties.
At Chico & Sons, I am really interested in the cutlet cacciatore (chicken cutlet with mushrooms, green pepper, fried onions, provolone and sauce) and the Chico’s cutlet with broccoli rabe. Still, this is a pizza list, so let’s talk pies.
Chico & Son’s does both plain white and red pies. They also offer five different standard pies (vegetarian, buffalo, BBQ, Hawaiian, and meat lover’s). They also offer seven different specialty pies including the cutlet parm, which is a white pie with chicken, marinara sauce, and parmesan cheese.
If that weren’t enough, you can always do your own thing, but with a menu like that, it seems plenty.
As you can see, Atlantic City can spin out a delicious pie with its rich Italian cuisine. Whether you are looking for something quick like Pin-Up so you can get back to the gambling, something on the board walk like Primo Pizza or 3 Brothers From Italy, or something a little extra like Chico & Sons, Atlantic City has you covered.
With that all the said, the hardest part about pizza in AC isn’t finding a slice, it’s deciding which one to choose.