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Pizza 46: Monster Pies, Red Jeeps, and Good Eats

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LITTLE FALLS, N.J. – If you have lived in the Passaic Valley or Montclair State area, chances are in the rain, sleet, snow, and treachery of the steep hills and mountain we live on, you have seen their trademark red Jeeps delivering pizza.

Pizza 46 was founded in 1961 as a concession and department store called Eastern Mills, on the very same locations. Over the years, the department store changed hands and became Valleyfair. Caldor, and then Kohls, and so the Coppa family decided to make a satellite unit on this location in Plaza 46, and that’s how It currently stands.

The hard winters and the hills of the surrounding towns called for a tough American automobile to navigate the tough terrain. The Coppa family started with a red Jeep, to match their signature color, and in due time that number grew to 10 Jeeps including a few that are the latest model. The red jeep has become more identifiable in the three towns than any other delivery vehicle, and has become more of an icon for Pizza 46 than even their Monstrous pies.

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The 28 inch pie in question is Pizza 46’s signature “Monster Pie”. Wanting to always give their hard-working customers a bang for their buck, Pizza 46 has always offered some of the biggest slices around. Customers demanded the slices so much, that Pizza 46 began to offer their monster slice pie to go. You can order it plain or top it with signature toppings like Buffalo Chicken, or try the Pizza 46 special which is peppers, onions, black olives, sausage, and pepperoni. When TAPinto PV asked what the secret to their pizza was, Owner Larry Coppa said, “The dough is like no other, it is cooked on a 2 1/2 inch thick deck and the ovens are never turned off. Our sauce is grandma's old world recipe and we use the finest Wisconsin cheese”.

If you are looking for a full on meal, look no further than their signature dinners like their Chicken Parmigiana dinner. Thinly sliced chicken cutlets, topped with grandma’s sauce, fresh mozzarella, served over baked ziti. Or try their house-made Lasagna, baked in the brick oven with a mixture of ricotta and mozzarella, and chopped meat.

With the changing food landscape, and new franchises like Blaze Pizza opening, we asked Larry why mom and pop pizzarias are still important, to which he said “family owned businesses like ours, are the backbone of this country. Old school family values with respect, from our family to yours”

Pizza 46 prides themselves on quality and timely service. They offer catering for all occasions from 15 people, all the way up to 300 and are always ready to step in to support their local schools, fire, and police departments. Pizza 46 hopes to remain being your family owned hometown favorite for generations to come.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Pizza 46 deliveries to Little Falls, Woodland Park, Totowa, Montclair, and certain other bordering areas. They also take cash, credit, and are proud to accept Montclair Red Hawk Dollars. Call them at 973-256-4646 for questions or to order.

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