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Anthony's: Fifteen Years of Consistency

This pizza joint on the Green has been around since 1996.

I have eaten numerous times at , located on the Green next to . And, while I have never been blown away by anything, I have never walked away dissatisfied.

Damning praise? I don't think so. While I like anyone loves it when a meal leaves me speechless, I also appreciate consistent quality. Anthony's has delivered that.

Take my recent meal. Noting a new banner on its storefront marking 15 years, I wondered to myself what a place–especially a place with a lot of competition like Morristown–must do to stay in the restaurant game.

Location, of course, plays a role. This is one of the best spots to have a business here. But, if your product stinks, how far will location take you?

On this last trip to Anthony's, I ordered a Chicken Cheesesteak Deluxe (the deluxe adds peppers and mushrooms). While I waited, a slice of plain pizza (if the site "This is Why You're Fat" still existed, I would include a link here). It's in Anthony's pizza that the "damning praise" comes most soundly into play. It's good pizza, especially with a little extra shake of garlic powder and red pepper flakes. Is it top-of-the-world pizza? Probably not. I will say this, however: It's probably one of my favorite slices in Morristown. Still, I have not been to every single place that offers pizza here, but I've been to many. And, as we all know,

Then came my Chicken Cheesesteak Deluxe on a nicely-toasted bun. Here, the moist chicken played well with the crunchy peppers and gooey mozzarella. And the bread, I have no idea where they get it from, but it's a very nice carbo-bomb for the belly.

The mushrooms? Here is a pet peeve of mine: Maybe I am mistaken, but I don't think fresh mushrooms are that expensive. And, unlike some fresh vs. canned foods, the taste and consistency of fresh vs. canned mushrooms are millions of miles away from each other. My favorite pizza in all of calculated time and mapped-out space is . They use fresh mushrooms. And, so, to get even close to sniffing such greatness, a pizza place has to have fresh mushrooms. Anthony's doesn't. Alas. It's not like Anthony's is in a minority. It seems many pizza joints opt for canned. But, it's definitely something I always look for when judging a slice of pizza (or, in this case, a chicken cheesesteak).

Besides my mushroom gripe, Anthony's remains a consistently-good restaurant. I have had pizza there, chicken cheesesteaks, chicken cutlet sandwiches and chicken parms. Everything has been good. Yes, consistency is a good thing.

Now, if Anthony's can get to top-of-the-world greatness over its next 15 years, that will be something to sing about. Fresh mushrooms will be a good start.

Chris Katz December 23, 2011 at 06:47 PM
Good to know but in truth, I've never been in there because (this will sound snotty) I prefer an atmosphere with character, even at a Pizza joint. (We go to Landmark although my hubby prefers Star Tavern, both worth the drive.) But I will give this a try.
Linda December 24, 2011 at 12:28 AM
I'll definitely try it - especially since a bad experience with Tomato Pie when, after waiting over an hour for a delivery, and 2 calls to check where it was, we were told that we were unclear giving our address, the address wasn't in gps (of course it is), and our phone was disconnected (I was calling from that number). Consequently, it was our fault and they would not be delivering the pizza. Not to mention, trying to deliver our pizza had taken so long, their other orders were backing up. I got the feeling this guy was looking for an apology from ME!
Hillary December 24, 2011 at 02:07 PM
We ordered a pizza from Anthony's many years ago and it was so bad that we ended up throwing it out and making a frozen pizza instead! Perhaps it has changed since then but the title of this article sort of makes me wonder?? I love Milano's, Zebu and Pete's pizza best!
Moira December 26, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Nope. Nothing's changed. We ordered from them a couple weeks ago. We're about three blocks away. Delivery was late and pizza and sandwiches were horrible. So bad it actually prompted me to write a review on their website.
Chris Katz December 26, 2011 at 06:00 PM
John, with the negative feed back you're receiving regarding this review, makes me wonder what you really see in Anthony's. Also makes me wonder about your tastes in general. Just saying....
Violet Seay Hayes December 27, 2011 at 09:38 PM
Wow. Surprised at the article but I guess everyone's taste is different. This place had the worst pizza I have ever had. I prefer Pizza Palace in Randolph on Sussex or a new place I just learned about is Nona's next to Trader Joe's in Florham Park. My husband who prefers NYC pizza was blown away by Nona's
Greg December 28, 2011 at 12:54 PM
I try to support my local pizza place but I make the drive to Nona's - everything about the place is great
Brian January 05, 2012 at 12:06 AM
What is their website because I just waited 90 minutes for delivery!
Chris Katz January 05, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Brian, you should have taken Greg's advice and gone to Nona's! Good luck!

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