Food & Drink Top Stories

A Slice of Life at Nick’s Pizza in Fanwood

June 14, 2014 at 2:08 PM

FANWOOD, NJ – If you want to get sample a slice of life in Fanwood, Nick’s Pizza would be a good place to start.

You can see lots of happy faces in the photographs that line the walls at Nick’s, which is a popular spot for local kids who can ride their bikes or walk to the pizzeria at 42 S. Martine Ave. in Fanwood.  Even kids who live outside biking or walking distance are familiar with Nick’s since the restaurant makes pizza for the Thursday “Pizza Day” at schools in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood school district.

“I want to make people happy when they walk in here,” says Nick’s Pizza owner Paul Watterson, a self-taught chef who always loved to cook and entertain large gatherings or people. 

Sign Up for E-News

Nick’s serves fresh and innovative Italian cuisine, including a wide selections of pizzas, salads, entrees, pasta, and sandwiches.  The gregarious, yet camera-shy, Watterson takes pride in innovations, including his Chicken Finger with French Fries and Honey Mustard pie -- the top seller among his specialty items -- Buffalo Chicken and Gorgonzola, Tomato Pesto pie, and the imaginative Chocolate Chip cookie pie. 

“The other day, a boy came in and asked for it.  We had just sold our last slice, and he looked so disappointed.  I told him mother I would make another one, so if she wanted to wait for 10 minutes, he could have one,” said Watterson.  “His face lit up.  It was like Mean Joe Greene tossing the coke to the kid in the old TV commercial.”

The restaurant is very much a family affair.  Watterson’s wife, Jessica, is co-owner, and son’s Rob (24), Brandon (20), and Nick (12), for whom the pizzeria is named, are all involved in some manner. 

Watterson will soon introduce pizza wraps, including grilled chicken and red peppers, and is offering $6.99 pies from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. during the Tuesday Night Movie Nights in LaGrande Park this summer.  The staff at Nick’s takes Movie Night very seriously and dresses up to make it a fun evening for their customers and themselves.

On Father’s Day, June 15, Watterson is preparing a monster, six-foot Meatball Parmigiana sub and will offer a free slice of it – or a free slice of pizza for the vegetarian – to dads who come into Nick’s.  Offering 20 percent off all orders all day long.  So moms, make sure the dads make the call when placing the orders.

Another special day will be Tuesday, June 23rd, Nick’s second anniversary.  The pizzeria will offer plain pizzas at a special price of $6.23 and will offer free birthday cake made by Calandra’s Italian Bakery in Newark, one of the best in the state.

“Our anniversary party isn’t a celebration of us.  It’s a thank you to all of our loyal customers,” Watterson said.  “The lacrosse, baseball, soccer, and Pop Warner football teams all support us, and the local families and kids in the neighborhood are so loyal.  We want to take care of them so that they keep coming back.”

Nick's Pizza & Deli
42 S Martine Ave. 
Fanwood, NJ 07023
(908) 322-8800

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Westfield Planning Board to Hear More on ‘Watcher House’ in January

December 5, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — The fate of the “Watcher House” will have to wait.

A continuation of the Westfield Planning Board’s hearings regarding a request to knock down the Dutch colonial at 657 Boulevard and replace it with two new homes, originally scheduled for Monday, was postponed at the request of the objector because neither he nor his expert were available, according to ...

What Do The PSAT Results Mean?

Fall 2016 PSAT results will be available Monday, Dec. 12 online for high school students and parents. This year, we anticipate that junior students’ percentile rankings will be lower than last year’s. 


This year, the College Board can compare student performance with actual performance from the last year.  In 2015, the College Board used a convoluted ...

Prevent Homelessness – Build Affordable Housing in Every Community

December 7, 2016

Dear Editor:

The first time I heard the story being told by a homeless mother who was staying in our church as part of Family Promise’s program, I knew I had to become an advocate. Becoming homeless could happen to any one of us! 

The loss of a job; illness of the major breadwinner, or an increase in rent due to gentrification can catch families in a downward ...

Sounds of Hope Music Sunday at Willow Grove Church in Scotch Plains

December 9, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The community is invited to the special Music Sunday "Sounds of Hope" worship service at Willow Grove Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Dec. 11.  The service begins at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. 

Traditional Christmas carols and new Christmas songs will be sung throughout the service.  Featured guest musician Larry Garges will play the flute ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, December 10, 10:00 AM

Oh'Brian's on the Green, CLARK

Breakfast with Santa at Oh' Brian's on the Green

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink


Sat, December 10, 7:00 PM

Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit

Holiday Concert at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Arts & Entertainment


Sat, December 10, 7:00 PM

Presbyterian Church, Westfield

NJ Festival Orchestra's "Home For The Holidays" ...

Arts & Entertainment