Our 2021 Pizzeria of the Year is Razza, a Jersey City-based operation that is super impressive. I enjoyed visiting owner Dan Richer for the interview and photo shoot in October. What I did not expect was to enjoy Jersey City as much as I did. It was my first time really being there. Usually, I don’t venture out from NYC when in the region. (That will change.)
But a dozen years ago I did. I crossed over to Hoboken to sit with the legendary Patsy Grimaldi. He made me a pizza that I still crave to this day. While on that foray, I went through Jersey City to check it out. It didn’t impress me. I didn’t stay long. Hence my earlier statement about seeing it for the first time in October.
Let’s just say a lot has changed in Jersey City in the last decade. It has grown. It has turned into a world-class restaurant destination. Some New Yorkers may laugh at that, but I assure you they shouldn’t.
Anyway, back to Razza. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve had pizza so good that I wanted to cry. Hey, I’ve been locked away during a pandemic and therefore not able to visit all the great pizza establishments we’re accustomed to checking out through the course of a year!
Razza has set a very high bar, as a Pizzeria of the Year should.
Check out the cover story on Razza. And then read my feature and listen to our podcast interview with Richer. After that, head to PizzaExpo.com and register to attend Pizza Expo 2022 in Las Vegas, where you’ll get to learn from Richer in person!
Lastly, another year in pizza is coming to a close. Some good things happened in 2021, including a major vaccine rollout that is helping our nation crawl out from under the weight of the pandemic and that also helped us stage Pizza Expo against all odds. So, there are many reasons to think 2022 is going to be even better. And that makes me smile. Cheers to a new year!
Editor In Chief