The area where Jackson township is in New Jersey today was first settled by British pioneers in the early 17th century. They formed several dispersed farming communities - namely Freehold, Upper Freehold, and Dover, which are all still in existence today. In the mid-1800s, though, some of the settlers in each community decided they wanted to form an independent township. Agreements were reached on boundaries and land was incorporated from all three to form Jackson as a township in its own right. The growing of cranberries and the production of charcoal from the trees felled to clear more land for farming kept the residents of Jackson well occupied until the beginning of the 21st century when poultry farming became a more profitable occupation. What really put Jackson township on the map and catapulted its rapid expansion as a bedroom community was the construction of the Garden State Parkway in the 1950s. Many folks, Italians among them, relocated from Trenton and Philadelphia to the quieter suburbs of Jackson. Most just took their belongings, but the Italians carried something extra. That something extra was the recipes for the pizza they intended to bake after opening pizzerias in Jackson.
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While many of the first Italians to open up shop in Jackson came from the neighboring cities of Trenton and Philadelphia, Jackson isn't known for the same types of pie as either city. Forget Trenton tomato pie and Philly-style pizza, as Jackson is known for traditional old-world pizzas. In Jackson, the most popular types of pizza are Italian-style thick and thin crust, usually loaded with extra ingredients as well as lashings of cheese. Thick and thin crust are pizzas that originate from Italy or Greece, if the Greek’s claim to inventing them is correct. While both have been adapted over the decades, since their introduction in America, to suit more Americanized taste, there's no getting away from the fact that a simple thick or thin crust that's been well-made is the best type of pizza you can get.
When you order a delivery pizza from anywhere you don't want to be restricted to a plain Margarita, although there's nothing wrong with one of those, but a wider choice is great. Guiseppe's Pizzeria on Chandler Road has a pizza menu as long as your arm and that's not the only reason Guiseppe's make the best delivery pizza in Jackson either. Guiseppe's is a homely Italian-style pizzeria with a traditional kitchen where pies are prepared and cooked to perfection. One of the best delivery pizzas to get from Guiseppe's is their grandma pie. It's a rectangular tray-bake topped with all sorts of delicious ingredients that goes a long way when you have a few hungry mouths to feed. Guiseppe's Brooklyn-style Sicilian is great too.
If you've been over at the Manasquan Reservoir boating or hiking the nature trail there and are in need of picking up a take-out pizza, you've struck lucky. Going back into town you'll be heading in the right direction to pick up the best take-out pizza in Jackson. When you hit New Prospect Road South keep your eyes open for Luisa's Pasta Pizza and More, because you'll be kicking yourself if you drive past it. Don't let the fact that Luisa's is located right next door to the local veterinary hospital, just pull up out front and walk right in. You'll be greeted with the warmest of welcomes and be handed a pizza menu that borders on the sublime. At Luisa's, they bake all types of pies including thick crust, thin crust, focaccia, Sicilian, grandma and stuffed if you're hungry enough for a double helping of dough.
If you're feeling in need of the coastal vibe you won't have far to go from Jackson to find it. All you have to do is head fifteen miles south to Toms River. Tom's River is a resort city built at the mouth of Toms River where it flows out into Barnegat Bay. Don't be mistaken into thinking Toms River is the Jersey Shore of the reality TV program, it's not. That's a few miles further on. In Toms River, you'll be able to take a stroll along the boardwalks of Casino Pier, take a swim from Breakwater Beach, or have a ride on some of the many amusements. If you don't get full noshing on sugar candy, go for a pizza at Attilio's of Toms River on the NJ-166.
When you need to escape from the human race, get in your car and drive twenty miles along the Veterans Parkway from Jackson to Pemberton Township. Forget the urbanization and go to the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest instead. The forest is part of the New Jersey Pine Barrens and consists of more than thirty-eight thousand acres of woodlands. There are over twenty-five miles of trails looping through the forest for hiking or biking. The forest also contains a historic village that is well worth exploring before you grab a bite to eat at Melanzana 1 on Lakehurst Road.
Trenton is thirty miles west of Jackson and where you should go if into history military or otherwise. Have a fun, but informative day checking out the exhibits and live reenactments at the Old Barracks Museum. Have a browse around the New Jersey State Museum where you can learn about the solar system in the planetarium or get some fresh air and a culture fix by strolling around the Grounds for Sculpture outdoor art museum. If you don't want to eat in, pick up a pizza from Covello's Pizza on South Broad Street and go for a picnic on the grass in Cadwalader Park.
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