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Gennaro’s is a nicely turned out pizzeria and Italian restaurant in a newish strip mall where Nottingham Way and Rt. 33 converge in Hamilton Square (about 7.5 miles from Trenton). It was recommended to us by no less of an authority on authentic Trenton tomato pie than Joe Silvestro, Jr, whose father was the “Joe” of “Joe’s Tomato Pie” which was the first such restaurant in town, founded in 1910, and operated on S. Clinton Street until the 1980s (Mr. Papa worked there for a year before starting Papa’s in 1912).
Really, my only concern about Gennaro’s is its location in Hamilton Square, nearly to Robbinsville. It is more legitimately categorized as part of the Trenton Diaspora than “Hidden Trenton”. However, if for some reason you find yourself there, seeking sustenance amidst the soul-numbing suburban sprawl, and rejecting chain restaurants by the dozen, by all means stop in for a pie. It’s really quite good.
Nice, thin, crisp crust. Tomato “sauce”. Good quality cheese and toppings. Gennaro “Jerry” Salzano worked in several Chambersburg eateries as a teenager, so the Trenton pie connection is authentic. Open every day for lunch and dinner, and open until 10.