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October 18, 2018:
It’s October and the “pizza witch” is hard at work crafting spell-binding pizzas.
Megan Jones-Holt got her title as the pizza witch when a customer took a bite of one of her pizzas and proclaimed the flavor combination to be magical. It’s all the more amazing considering that Jones-Holt never made a pizza until two and a half years ago when she took over Market Pizza at the Stockton Farmers Market in Stockton, N.J.
She and husband Matt Holt bought the pizza stand from local gourmet restaurateur and chef Jamie Hollender, who taught her how to make pizzas.
“In the beginning I made pizzas exactly the way he taught me,” she said. “They were great pizzas.”
But like any good chef, she eventually began to experiment with her own flavor combinations.
“I know how to put food together,” she said. “Pizza is a canvas I can paint on.”
The result is that her weekly specials, where she puts together locally raised and grown ingredients on her thin pizza crusts, come close to outselling her regular offerings.
“There is a group of foodies who check my Facebook page each week to see what I am making,” she said, and some come every week to taste for themselves. Those creations are unlike any others you will find in the area because they come straight from her imagination.
Recent weeks included the Roasted Pumpkin with garlic, black beans, ham, Jersey Fresh tomatoes, jalapeños and a sherry vinegar reduction. Also the “We’re Nuts” pizza with local hazelnuts and ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan and a honey drizzle.
The pizza that earned the “magical” designation was Jones-Holt’s mushroom pie with white truffle oil. She uses mushrooms purchased at the market, along with onions cooked in balsamic vinegar, asiago cheese and mozzarella. It is one of her top sellers, along with her Margherita pizza.
She also offers a “Breakfast Any Time” pie with an egg garlic chive potatoes, Applewood smoked bacon, mozzarella, parmesan and rosemary. A Black Forest pizza has fontina cheese, mozzarella, fire-roasted tomatoes, arugula and prosciutto. She offers traditional pepperoni and sausage pizzas and a cheese-free vegan pizza. For those avoiding gluten, she found gluten-free dough she likes that can be used to make any of her pizzas.
Because each pie is made to order, she said people also can craft their own combinations.
Jones-Holt grew up in a cooking family but her career path took her in other directions. After she and her husband sold their event rental company, the opportunity to buy the pizza stand came along. “I thought, that sounds like fun,” she said, and the transition was pretty much seamless.
In addition to serving her customers at the market she makes par-baked pizzas for six other markets, and takes orders from her customers for pizzas they can take home and finish baking.
Market Pizza’s customers have responded positively, nominating it, then voting for it in a variety of area “best of” contests.
They stop by regularly to sit on her six stools and see what bewitching combinations she is offering each week.
We just found out that Market Pizza has done it yet again! Moms & dads of Winnie have chosen Market Pizza as their top pick for:
🌹 When the Kids are Away… Award for Best Date Night
🎉 It’s My Party… Award for Best Birthday Party Venue
🍔 Fun With Food… Award for Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant
Congratulations to Megan and Market Pizza!
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We’re excited that Il Panino has added even more to their already menu! Stop by and check out all the delicious new Italian-inspired dishes available for in-market and take away!
- Spaghetti or gluten free pasta and 5 different sauces: white clam, bolognese, pesto, marinara and porcini along with lasagna made with besciamella sauce.
- Sandwiches made with Italian cold cuts and cheeses
- Specialty spreads: Gorgonzola, green olives, pesto, roasted peppers, marinated eggplant, capponata and mixed mushrooms
- Salads made with Italian ingredients and the freshest produce around
Here’s a sample of the menu:
Deli meats and cheeses
- Prosciutto di Parma – $17.99 LB
- All Natural Oven Baked Turkey – $10.99 LB
- All Natural Smoked Ham – $10.99 LB
- All Natural Double Smoked Bacon – $ 10.99 LB
- All Natural Imported Genoa salami – $10.99 LB
- All Natural Soprassata – $10.99 LB
- Mild Swiss Cheese – $10.99 LB
- Yellow Cheddar – $10.99 LB
- White American – $10.99 LB
- Provolone – $10.99 LB
- Fresh Burrata – $4.00 Each
- Meatballs – $6.99 LB
Fresh mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, olive oil, salt pepper, garlic
Capponata, tuna, olive oil, red onion Genovese Mortadella, mozzarella, pesto spread
Prosciutto, roasted peppers, blue cheese spread
Sorpassata, Burrata, olive spread
Turkey, bel Paese, marinated eggplant
Prosciutto, mozzarella, capponata
Hot sorpassata, fresh mozzarella, sautéed porcini mushrooms
Turkey, marinated eggplant, bell paese, arugula
Fresh tomatoes, Burrata, pesto dressing
Lettuce, tomatoes, onion, carrots, white beans in a white balsamic olive oil dressing
Roasted vegetable, olive oil, burrata
Lettuce, Cherry tomatoes, red onion, balsamic vinegar
Meatballs, burrata, cold cuts, cheeses, sauces and spreads are all available for pre-order by texting to 646-210-5385 and leaving a message a week in advance.