April 1, 2015 |

Places that Rock: Liberty Hall / Frasca / Benny Marzano’s

By Denise Greer

Liberty Hall Arugula Prosciutto

Spinach and Chris Bryan hi resLiberty Hall Pizza night

Liberty Hall Pizza

243 N. Union St.
Lambertville, NJ  08530
(609) 397-8400

Liberty Hall Pizza

Recently opened Liberty Hall launched a “Guest Pizzaiolo Series,” bringing in top chefs in New Jersey and Pennsylvania to take over its pizza ovens for a night. Located in part of a renovated factory building, the wood-fired Neapolitan pizzeria features a flavorful and chewy crust, thanks to a three-day fermentation at 39 F, and a variety of locally sourced ingredients.  Pizza offerings include the Chorizo ($16) with Italian tomatoes, caciocavallo, baby arugula, fresh garlic, Sicilian sea salt, black pepper, olive oil and Parmigiano Reggiano. The Lardo ($18) is topped with sliced prosciutto, chopped rosemary, fresh garlic, Sicilian sea salt, black pepper and olive oil. The menu is focused with nearly a dozen pizzas, three salads, desserts and beverages, including draught root beer floats made with root beer brewed at a local brewery.


Frasca Pizzeria + Wine Bar

3358 N. Paulina St.
Chicago, IL 60657

A fixture in Chicago’s Lakeview District, Frasca is a neighborhood Italian restaurant offering pizza, appetizers, seasonal pastas, select entrees and desserts. Its thriving brunch program features an assortment of offerings, including the Breakfast Pizza – three over-easy eggs, sausage, bacon and cheese atop a pizza crust and optional prosciutto and hollandaise. Its wine list is extensive with white and red flights available. Frasca also hosts pizza making and beer tasting events for adults, as well as kids pizza-making classes.


Late Night Benny Marzanos

Benny Marzano’s

110 Draper Rd. NW
Blacksburg, Virginia 24060
(540) 443-3949

Famous for its 28-inch New York-style pizza, this college town pizzeria serves up “The Virginia Slice,” a gigantic slice that requires two plates. Late-night lines often wrap around the building. The Blacksburg pizzeria is Benny’s flagship location with nine stores (all with different last names) in the Southeastern region. Benny Marzano’s was tabbed at No. 1 in Great Value Colleges’ “50 Great (and mostly cheap!) College Town Pizza Shops.”