Not enough sauce and a not enough crisp. Doable but not the winner in the battle of today’s bar pies
ryan.rutherford6/5/23, 3:11 a.m.
Established in 1989, Nellie’s is known for their thin crust bar pies. A large pizza comes in at 14” so they’re shareable or personal sized depending on your appetite. This pizza has all the attributes of a quality bar pie, starting with a thin, cracker-like dough, along with a firm and well-charred, slightly burnt but manageable undercarriage. Terrific texture and taste from the dough, leading to outstanding crispy and quintessential bar pie crust. Somewhat thicker than typical bar pie cheese, the blend is classically rigid and tight. A decently tasty shredded cheese, it’s practically plastered on, hugging the dough tightly. The sauce is tangy and sweet but also has a hint of bitterness, likely from oregano. A somewhat simple sauce, it deceptively looks like baked ketchup; but with a fair amount of flavor and spices, it’s a quality tomato blend. The only real issue is the thickness of the cheese throwing off the balance among the dough and sauce. Either dial back the quantity of cheese or add a smidge more sauce to balance the pie better. While this is not quite destination bar pie, it’s very solid overall. This is blue collar, any day of the week, sober or drunk, quality bar pie. I really enjoyed the texture and taste; with a few minor adjustments, this pizza could easily level up. All in all, this pie lived up to my expectations but did not exceed them.
rms173/30/23, 11:43 p.m.
Really good pizza. Thin crisp crust, cheese is a little chewy. Sauce is balanced. Great atmosphere, crazy crowded and lines waiting to get into the restaurant. Solid. Solid pie but not getting anything special.
pfoley571/17/23, 12:16 a.m.
Not bad. No where near the same level as Kinchley's. Service was a nightmare.
rob.rybicki1/7/23, 9:42 p.m.
Great bar pie...thin, crisp crust, good sauce, great cheese. Awesome, typical Jersey Pub/Tavern atmosphere. Better than I expected. Not easy to point out, but there is an extra level of flavor that takes it a notch above your typical thin crust bar pie.
rob.mars12/30/22, 10:42 p.m.
Better then Kinchley’s, not in the 8’s. Crispy, good taste. Solid bar pie.
paulie.pizza11/6/21, 1:33 a.m.
Very thin bar pie with great taste. All ingredients are of good quality, not salty, not overly seasoned and very flavorful. Would’ve preferred it a little more crunchy but overall top notch.
ryan.campbell126/30/21, 9:20 p.m.
Nellies is a pretty cool NJ bar pie spot. The pie is of course super thin and on smaller side as a bar pie should be. Definitely crushable but lost points for grease and felt like lower quality ingredients. But still not disappointed at all by this.
t.woo1/8/21, 9:05 p.m.
I’ll stick with the crowd on this one, it’s good I grew up with it just needs little more crisp