By: Peter Genovese | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Coming in at Number 2. Santillo’s Brick Oven Pizza, Elizabeth (previous ranking: 1). Park on the street, walk down the driveway, open the screen door, and say hello to owner — and lovable nut — Al Santillo. “No one makes pizzas like this,” says Al, whose grandfather Lou started making bread in the 1920s. Pizza came along in 1950 as Lou and his son Alfred manned the ovens. Al, Alfred’s son, now runs the pizzeria with his wife, Lorraine. The secret, if there is one? The low-arch oven, which allows for “infinite” variations in temperature, taste and texture. Shocking development: Despite the “cash only” sign, Santillo’s now takes credit cards (minimum order: two pies). There’s no seating; take your pizza to a nearby “approved” bar, or home. 639 S. Broad St., Elizabeth; (908) 354-1887.

Honorable Mention list included Spirito’s in Elizabeth NJ!

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