Jersey City Pizzeria Named Second Best In United States By Italian Website

The Italian pizza website, 50TopPizza, has named a Jersey City pizzeria the second best in the entire United States for 2023.

Razza Pizza Artigianale, located at 275-277 Grove Street, took second billing according to the website, while its owner, Dan Richer, was named the Pizza maker of the Year.

According to Razza’s website, the pizzeria says it is “committed to making and serving the best pizza possible from our woodburning oven.”

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The website goes on to say, “Our ultimate goal is to serve the best pizza possible. We are challenging the common practices of pizza-making in the hope of influencing the industry and elevating the overall quality of pizza in America. It’s a lofty goal that means constantly searching for better ingredients while continuously honing our techniques with each and every pizza we make. We have defined what great pizza is to us, and painstakingly worked backwards to create it.

At Razza, we aspire to the Italian way of cooking and eating, where location and seasonality dictate your ingredients. You eat the vegetables that are grown near you and stray from the ones that are not. The seasons and your land will tell you which ingredients to prepare. That process is carried through every decision we make because it is the ingredients we use that help us create the best possible food. The flour we use is milled in Clifton. We make our own bread and our own butter. Each ingredient is hand-picked, down to the salt that goes on the pizza. We have grown our own yeast culture that we believe makes a better pie. Our beer and wine list has been selected specifically to pair with our food, even if it means a brand or label almost completely unknown. If it’s the best, that’s what we want.

We are not saying we have the perfect pizza, but that is our goal, and it informs everything we do.”

Richer was born and raised in Matawan, New Jersey.  After attending Rutgers, he flew to Italy where he found everything about food and cooking different from in the United States.  When he returned home, he began to learn everything possible about Italian cooking and what ingredients to use.

He purchased his first pizzeria in 2007, a struggling business based in Maplewood.  He transformed that establishment into a thriving pizzeria in a relatively short amount of time.

By 2019, 50 Best named his pizza the best in North America.

Now, an Italian website has honored Razza with its latest distinction.  Dan must be doing something right!!!