I just saw something super interesting at a pizzeria in New Jersey. I was celebrating the official arrival of summer with a visit to Pizza Town USA in Elmwood Park. They claim to have been the first to sell pizza by the slice in NJ and also the first to bring calzones into the garden state. The place is super funky and the same family that opened Pizza Town in 1958 continues to sling dough to this very day.
As interesting as all that might be, it gets even better. I picked up a menu and found a complete set of nutrition facts for the pizza. You know, just like the side of a cereal box. Chain restaurants are required to give calorie counts, but this place is about as far from being a chain as you can get. And these nutrition facts go way above and beyond those required from McDonalds and KFC.
It really blew my mind that an independent pizzeria decided to voluntarily post stats like this. I’m not one for calorie counting, but these numbers don’t look all that bad. This is a 16” pie and each slice is just 230 calories. On the other hand, the sodium level looks pretty dang high. But let’s just ignore all that for a while. It is summer, after all.
Pizza Town USA
89 US Hwy 46
Elmwood Park, NJ 07407
NOTE: Ignore the nutritional content of this post and grab some zeppoles next time you’re at Pizza Town USA, they are among the best on the planet. What’s a zeppole? It’s a doughnut covered in powdered sugar. OH YEAH!