• Hoboken Eats: Dozzino’s Artisanal Pizza Shop {Mangiamo Hoboken!}

     My friends and family will tell you that if I am given the option of where to eat out, it will always be an Italian restaurant – without hesitation. So, when I moved to Hoboken, I was not only excited because, I was moving to what I consider one of the best cities, but because I had stacks on stacks of Italian food options within walking distance. And, not just Italian food, good RUSTIC Italian food {and wine, of course}.

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    Which leads me to one of my favorite pizzerias in Hoboken – Dozzino. Located at 534 Adams Street, Dozzino is hard to miss, as it is located in a contemporary yellow building in midtown Hoboken. When you walk inside, you immediately feel like you’re walking into a pizzeria in Rome… thanks to the unconventional design of the restaurant. Long wooden tables and chairs adorn this loft-like space with backyard seating, complete with a bocce ball court {adult playground, anyone?!}.

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    So now that we’ve gone off-course about the ambiance of the restaurant, let me explain the most important part – the FOOD. Dozzino’s slogan is “Fresh Dough Daily” because their small menu is loaded with different types of Neopolitan pizza, straight from the wood fire oven. Dozzino does not have freezers so everything is FRESH. The owner is from Rome and has truly perfected the “personal” pizza in an art form. I will tell you that I usually start out with the crostini, either the Spesto or Bruschetta. The Spesto consists of baby spinach, walnuts and pecorino romano cheese chopped up and put on six perfectly toasted crostinis. Additionally, the traditional bruschetta is probably the best I’ve ever eaten, this side of the Atlantic. It is comprised of a plethora of the freshest grape tomatoes, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper on six toasted crostinis. I’ve tried to repeat this recipe at home and it never comes out quite as good as theirs.

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    Dozzino’s pizza truly sets itself apart from other pizzerias in the area because the dough is unbelievably fresh. They also use a little something called fior di latte on all of their pizzas. Fior di latte, literally translates to “flower of milk,” and is made from cow’s milk. Because it is fresh {notice my theme?}, the cheese melts on your pizza in such a perfect way. My favorite pizza is the La Pizza – made with fior di latte, tomato and basil. Simple, yet delectable, and all the flavors just infuse in your mouth. A special on their menu is Di Bufala and it is to-die-for pizza. Using only the freshest bufala fior di latte, this incredible spin on the La Pizza is the perfect balance for anyone who wants to add just a little something more to the usual fior di latte.

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    Of course, the most important part of any Italian meal is “la dolce” and some espresso, am I right? The dessert menu includes fresh gelato, courtesy of my friend Giorgio, from Sotto Zero. He is a third generation Roman gelato maker and the gelato is as good, if not better, than the best gelaterias in Italy {for real, it’s heaven in a bowl}. My favorite flavors are nutella, chocolate peanut butter, and butter molasses. Can you think of a better way to close out a delectable meal? Nope.

    As if things couldn’t get ANY sweeter, imagine nommin’ on this CANNOLI ICE CREAM SANDWICH. Who even knew that was a thing?! On our way. Right. Now.

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    Don’t forget to bring your favorite bottle of vino to Dozzino because it’s BYOB… {just sayin’}

    Ci vediamo. Mangia bene, Hoboken!

    Dozzino is open Tuesday through Sunday and posts their daily specials on their tumblr and twitter accounts: http://dozzino.tumblr.com/

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    Val is a Hoboken resident who grew up half Italian, lived abroad in Rome, and watched her grandmother make everything from minestrone to lasagna…which in turn put her on a journey to find the best pizza, gnocchi and Italian desserts in Hoboken. Give her a glass of Chianti and some Nutella and she is one happy girl! To follow her foodie blog, visit Mangiamo Hoboken.

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    Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of HobokenGirl.com. She started the site to discover the wealth of fun things happening in Hoboken and Jersey City and surrounding Hudson County areas. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event or #HobokenGirlHelps volunteer project, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog Pierre, or watching some really bad {but oh-so-good} reality TV and ordering takeout with her husband.


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