Boonton, NJ 07005
- Cost: $$
- Credit Cards: All Major
- Alcohol: Full Bar
- Parking: Private Lot
- Take Out: Yes
October 9, 2012
The Reservoir Tavern is worth a visit for its Jersey-style pizza.
Since 1936, the Bevacqua family has been serving up red-sauce Italian dishes and famous pizza at their roadhouse tavern alongside the Boonton Reservoir, just East of 287 on Route 202. Enter the dining room past the bar and kitchen entrance. The thin and faded wood panelling might remind you of your grandparents’ rec room, especially if your grandparents were Italian. Smiling portraits of various Bevacquas adorn the walls.
The pizza here is the main attraction. We tried two pies: a Margarita and a regular pie with sausage and peppers. The regular pie is a very strong example of a Jersey-style pizza. The chewy, yet crisp, crust passes the “fold and hold” test. Quality sausage slices are scattered across the top of golden mozzarella and tangy tomato sauce.
The Margarita pie is heavy with fresh mozzarella, so much that I didn’t expect to find a very good fresh, chunky tomato sauce underneath. Unfortunately, the tip flops under the weight of more than minimal toppings. The crust is bubbly with a nice chew and texture, and no char that I noticed. The flavor of the crust is a little on the oily side.
The full Reservoir Tavern menu includes red sauce Italian-American favorites like baked manicotti, homemade gnocchi and veal and peppers. Next time I will try something like the Tavern’s meatballs, called “Toasties,” or Sausage and Italian-Style Potatoes for dinner.