Homemade Pizza Company in Ridgewood has closed.
UPDATE: Please find an update below in red.
New Jersey is overrun with mediocre pizza. --Look at my sad life. One sentence in and I'm already annoyed-- You know the pizza I'm talking about: the popular stuff. Just this morning we passed Puzo's in Ridgewood and the missus asked "how can that place still be in business." The answer, which I grumpily mumbled (it was early and pre-coffee, which means I was even more grumpy than usual) is simple: it's a crappy pizza place, and people flock to mediocrity. They demand it. Why be challenged when it's easier and more comforting to be spoon fed familiarity?
I skip just about all pizza in this area, expect for A Mano, Ah'Pizz, Nellie's, and Pizza Town. These are exceptional in their class. Other than those handful of places and a few other notables, I make pizza at home. Lots pizza. Almost every week. Have been for several years. Dats a lot of pie, and a lot of mistakes. Successes, occasionally.
Along side of those crappy places comes a pizza place that is hoping to stand out.
Homemade Pizza Company, a small chain which opened an outpost in the old Cheese Shop spot on Ridgewood Ave in Ridgewood, seems to be fitting into a niche that it may very well be creating: quality ingredients on a pizza that you bake at home. I suspect this approach will appeal to some folks who find it a novetly, or appreciate the convenience of buying a raw pizza and baking it at home, but who don't want to be bothered to doing it all themselves. Especially if the perception (or reality) of "quality" speaks to them.