October is the month of fall color viewing, pumpkin picking, and pizza. Yes, October is National Pizza Month, and if you’re looking to commemorate the occasion, head to New Jersey.
Others may disagree—let’s make that, others will certainly disagree—but last year Food & Wine Magazine named New Jersey the best pizza state in America, followed by Connecticut and New York in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively. Pennsylvania landed in seventh place and Massachusetts nabbed 10th place.
Now there’s an official New Jersey Pizza Trail, which makes for a great off-site activity if you’re meeting in the state, or a terrific way to get to know your colleagues, if you choose a different place to network over a pie each month. The trail has 10 different pizza stops, from the third-generation De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies in Robbinsville to Asbury Park’s Talula's, where everything is baked, pickled, and fermented in house, vegan options abound, and you can enjoy a Gin & Jam cocktail with your Holy Shitake white pie or Margie, Talula’s version of the classic margherita pie.
"New Jersey is proud of its rich agricultural history, and tomatoes have always played a big role in Jersey Fresh produce from June through October's harvest," Jeff Vasser, the executive director of the New Jersey division of travel and tourism, told Food & Wine. "As the third largest producer of tomatoes in the entire country, this key pizza-making ingredient not only sets New Jersey's classic 'tomato pies' apart from any ordinary pizza, but also sets our restaurants apart, too: the trail is a quick and easy guide for any pizza enthusiast to find the best slice anywhere they may roam in New Jersey."