EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - JAX, the American Idol finalist, was waiting tables. The line was long. Bon Jovi was on the sound system. Much of the community been living on a prayer since the fire at Mancini's Pizza last spring. Then there was tonight.

Mancini's, located at 293 Route 18 South (same stripmall as Dunkin Donuts,) re-opened today at 10 a.m. and the phone began ringing immediately.  East Brunswick was waiting for this. The newly refurbished dining room and service area allow for more patrons and easier distribution of what one patron called "the best combinations of sauce and vegetables in the world."  There's a fresher, more modern look, but the Brooklyn pizza is the same.  Who could refuse an offer of the Specialty Pizza - Da Robbie DeNiro - with sausage, broccoli rabe, fresh mozzarella, provolone, and marinara sauce?

East Brunswick's own JAX was there, too.  She was all smiles and good humor, celebrating the success of her friends' business.  Another talented Jersey Girl, JAX has been supporting great causes including America's veterans, while she has been rehearsing for her upcoming performances.  Here's a taste:

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Great stuff.  Sort of makes a person want to have a calzone, no?  Welcome back to life, old friend.  Keep swinging, JAX.

Still waiting to try the Nutella and banana pizza.  Come by and support a local business.  www.mancinipizza.com  or 732-387-8805