I've put a decent amount of time (and calories) into compiling this list. I visited 13 pizza joints around town over the span of 10 days and felt I had developed a countdown that was both fair and thorough.
Why only 13 places, you ask? Well, at some point the wear and tear of that much pizza begins to take a toll on the body and, more important, I have to keep things respectable when I hit the beach on vacation later this month.
Anyway, I told myself that I wouldn't check out anymore places, even if readers got in touch with me to make suggestions.
I received an email from one reader on Tuesday, however, urging me to check out Gallery Pizza located on New Brooklyn Erial Road, in Erial.
"No more pizza," I told myself as I initially dismissed the email.
I had my list in place and my write-ups all worked out. Heck, even if the place was any good, I'm not one to make more work for myself.
But then I changed my mind. I don't know why—maybe it was tomato sauce withdrawal—but I gave in.
So I took a last-minute trip down to Gallery Pizza Wednesday and gave it a shot. I'm glad I did. It turned out to be worth the extra 500-plus words.
Gallery is No. 3 on my countdown.
I could waste space telling you about a friendly staff, spacious seating accommodations (about 20 tables), and clean facilities, but let's get to the point—the pizza.
I walked up to the counter with the intention of ordering only a single slice, but I was caught off guard. Gallery Pizza offers both a traditional thin-slice style of pizza and a deep-dish selection. I couldn't make up my mind about which one to try, so I did what any slightly overweight 20-something guy would do—I ordered both.
Not only was the traditional slice piping hot with a tasty sauce, running cheese, and a crispy crust, the deep dish slice was fantastic, too.
When pizza lovers in this area think deep dish they tend to think of Pizzeria Uno, but I have to tell you—Gallery Pizza has the national chain's slice beat. Crispy, crunchy, tasty—you know, the works.
To be fair, I'm only evaluating the slices on the basics—cheese, sauce, crust, but Gallery Pizza also offers a variety of both traditional and exotic toppings on their slices, too.
If you are looking to bring in the family for a sit-down lunch or dinner, you'll find that there is plenty of space available. But if you are loooking for the convenience of delivery, well, this establishment, which opened its doors in 1981, won't be able to help you.
Sorry folks, but its dine-in and pick-up only.
Still, for those who live in the Erial and Sicklerville areas of the township and have yet to try Gallery Pizza, head down the street and give it a shot. For those on the other side inundated by the usual go-to spots, take the ten-minute ride across town—it's worth the trip.
Gallery Pizza Info:
2905 New Brooklyn Erial Rd.
Sicklerville, NJ 08081-1244
Editor's Note: This article is part of an ongoing feature highlighting writer Bob Wankel's favorite foods in Gloucester Township. Bob will rate a food item (this week, pizza) he has recently tried at a township establishment, with an article appearing each day till we reach his No. 1 pick. Disagree with Bob's rankings? Feel free to tell us all about it in the comments.