Asbury Park, NJ 07712
- Cost: $$
- Credit Cards: All Major
- Alcohol: Full Bar
- Parking: Street, Metered
October 21, 2016
It’s all about the bread, and the crust. Talula’s has mastered both, serving excellent Neapolitan pizzas in Asbury Park, NJ.
Sourdough is the specialty at this bakery/restaurant/bar in the heart of Asbury Park’s burgeoning food scene. Talula’s owners take great care with their baking, producing delicious homemade bread and outstanding sourdough crust pizzas, fired quickly in the bread oven at high temperatures. The seasonal menu features more than a dozen Neopolitan-style pies, reanging from traditional meatball and Marguerita (“Margie”) to specialty combinations with toppings that include bechamel, “miso creamed kale” and okra with vegan sausage and pine nuts.
On my first visit I tried the popular “Beekeepers Lament,” a 12-inch pie topped with hot Calabrian soppressata, housemade mozzarella, and a drizzle of honey. The crust is nicely charred, with decent chewiness and a tangy flavor from the sourdough. I’m usually reluctant to order nontraditional toppings on my pizza, but the honey works well in this combo. On my second visit, this time for brunch, I went completely rogue and ordered a “Ranchero” pizza topped with salsa, feta cheese and a soft egg. Again, the unorthodox flavor profile was surprisingly good. I credit the quality of the crust, which can handle the more creative toppings.
Talula’s brunch. lunch and dinner menus includes salads, sandwiches built on their excellent bread, some interesting “bowls” (pastrami, quinoa, kimchi), and homemade desserts. There is a full bar with creative cocktails, craft beers and a nice bourbon selection,.
No place in Jersey feels more like Williamsburg, Brooklyn than Asbury Park these days. From the communal tables to the steampunk light fixtures to the overwhelmingly flanneled and bearded clientele, Talula’s fits right in. It’s the quality of their pizza, though, that puts Talula’s on this nonhipster’s list of favorite NJ pizza spots.