We are all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but some New Jersey towns are more Irish than others. (more…)
Orange, NJ 07050
- Cost: $
- Alcohol: Full Bar
- Parking: Private Lot
- Take Out: Yes
September 3, 2010
Star Tavern makes a seriously good thin crust pie. The Regular Pizza has a tasty, not-too-sweet, sauce, just the right amount of cheese, and arrives with a nicely charred crust – black in spots – that has good flavor and is thin but not floppy, as long as you don’t pile on the toppings. My favorites are fresh garlic and anchovies. (The latter causing extreme discord in many families, I know.) We’ve also had the Three Cheese (very good) and the Everything (tastes great but triggers the dreaded crust flop). Star Tavern’s pizza is the closest I’ve tasted in NJ to Frank Pepe’s New Haven-style pizza: oblong thin crust pies sliced in rectangles and without mozzarella, unless you ask for it. We’ve also tried Star Tavern’s fried calamari and mussels marinara appetizers, both worth having, as long as you’ll still have room for pizza.
Star Tavern occupies a corner lot in a predominantly residential Orange neighborhood. It has a sports bar feel, but the wooden booths reminded me more of the college pizza place where we used to bounce quarters off the tables. (Kids, you’ll understand the reference soon enough.) Plenty of families fill the booths and tables every night. Service is fast and the servers know what they’re doing. Regulars have been coming here for years, and the secret is out thanks to glowing reviews like “Best Thin-Crust Pizza” in NJ, according to Peter Genovese’s “Pizza Patrol.” That means you might have to wait for a table at peak times.