Balbos Pizza Closes

Balbo’s closes in Hoboken, NJ; Up next: Sandwich Shop

Just under two years ago, Balbo’s Pizzeria opened in Hoboken with great promise. The food was fantastic.

There was apparently some issues with the original partnership, and the “brains” of the operation decided it wasn’t worth the trouble anymore, and removed himself from the operation. The remaining owners evidently couldn’t continue producing high-caliber food (many residents noticed the decline in quality). So – they sold the business recently.

Word is “experienced” sandwich technicians will be re-opening some time in January or February. Hopefully they’ll succeed. We’ll cover that once they get closer to opening.

Do you miss Balbo’s?

2/26/2011 Update:

411 Note: Swung by this afternoon for a “real” slice – and the pizza remains out of this world. Also – they do have delivery to some extent now (they don’t have pizza bags yet).

Balbos Pizzeria now open in Hoboken

Quality pizza and more; set to knock Hoboken’s socks off!

Balbo’s Pizzeria is now open (70 Hudson Street) – and I’ll break this down in simple bullet points for you all – but be prepared for some seriously good food – and what may likely be your “go to” pizza place in Hoboken going forward! (see menu below)

Doing Pizza Right in Hoboken

  • The Owners of Balbo’s know what they’re doing, they both have extensive experience in the food industry. Many know Michael Gondevas from Ebbitts, Madison, Clinton Social and now owner of The Hamilton Inn in Jersey City. His partner Joey Cioffi – has a huge following from Cioffi’s of Springfield, a family business for over 30 years.
  • Everything about this take-out eatery was done top notch. From the no-nonsense construction (Gondevas said “I want Balbo’s to still be in operation in 100 years”) to some of the best quality ingredients: The finest imported tomatoes, freshest Mutz around, and light, airy dough. Hoboken411 (as well as other local businesses) had a few samples yesterday – and we all agreed it was fantastic.
  • SEE BALBO’S MENU HERE. Interesting items – including a Truffled Egg Pizza with crispy pancetta, spinach and mozzarella.
  • Just pizza for now, and no delivery yet. Balbo’s will swing into full operational mode after the Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade.
  • Easy number to remember too: (201)332-MUTZ (6889)

Swing by Balbo’s and see why you should be excited!

11/22/2010:

Balbos Pizza to open at 70 Hudson Street

Good news, pizza lovers! Another new pizza restaurant coming to Hoboken in early 2011: Balbo’s Pizzeria.

Taking the place of the former Studio Z Salon at 70 Hudson Street – Balbo’s Pizza is another product of Mike Gondevas, who owns the successful Hamilton Inn bar/restaurant in Jersey City – and had long stints at Ebbitt’s, Madison and Clinton Social.

Mike chose the name Balbo’s – because it was one of the first known pizza places in Hoboken back in the 1940’s (I believe it was at 415 Adams Street).

Expect good things to come from this spot!

40 Responses

  1. wiskeytango1 says:

    BALBOS PIZZA,NEXT DOOR TO FATHER Guglielmellis dads bakery and bar.. Al velosi and his dad owend the old pizza parlor..My question is how did these business people aquire the name balbos with out permission?? good luck anyway..

  2. Hoboken17 says:

    I was just thinking that we needed a pizza place there….an original concept that Hoboken should really embrace.

  3. jonsie says:

    The original concept Hoboken should embrace is GOOD pizza. I can think of many spots in town that aren’t up to par whatsoever.

    • whineanddineinhob says:

      LMAO. ………and after 50 pizza joints, nobody got it right yet![quote comment=”200349″]The original concept Hoboken should embrace is GOOD pizza. I can think of many spots in town that aren’t up to par whatsoever.[/quote]

      • jonnyc says:

        Grimaldi’s begs to differ.[quote comment=”200350″]LMAO. ………and after 50 pizza joints, nobody got it right yet![/quote]

      • whineanddineinhob says:

        …..and I imagine the other 49 would too.[quote comment=”200352″]Grimaldi’s begs to differ.[/quote]

      • wiskeytango1 says:

        40 plus years ago LEOS HAD THE BAR PIES AS WELL AS THE BLUE POINT ON 7TH AND WILLOW
        Now every ethnic group make pizza..soggy dough and not crispy is what we have today.Even bennys is Albanian..good pie but not chrispy..You do get a bang for your buck
        best crispey and cooked crust is uptown pizza which is too expensive…enjoy your choice.

        Don’t forget Natolis across from leos on adams and first next to howell brothers.sorry nebees before your time…The best pizzas then..Now when you call giovonnnies for a sandwich
        you have to add sides such as frys or onion rings..whos country it this i keep forgotting
        [quote comment=”200350″]LMAO. ………and after 50 pizza joints, nobody got it right yet!

        [/quote]

      • whineanddineinhob says:

        Still visit leo’s from time to time for a meal and a bottle of wine with friends. The place is filled with great memories of growing up in town and relatives pulling the tables together for a night out without grandma cooking. LOL.[quote comment=”200353″]40 plus years ago LEOS HAD THE BAR PIES AS WELL AS THE BLUE POINT ON 7TH AND WILLOW
        Now every ethnic group make pizza..soggy dough and not crispy is what we have today.Even bennys is Albanian..good pie but not chrispy..You do get a bang for your buck
        best crispey and cooked crust is uptown pizza which is too expensive…enjoy your choice. Don’t forget Natolis across from leos on adams and first next to howell brothers.sorry nebees before your time…The best pizzas then..Now when you call giovonnnies for a sandwich
        you have to add sides such as frys or onion rings..whos country it this i keep forgotting

        [/quote]

      • Hoboken17 says:

        Good Lord…you need to stop living in the past. Everything with you is “oh johnny bagofdonuts used to own that place and it was the best and he’d punch you in the face if he knew this was happening”. Enough already…I’m glad you got to experience Hoboken in the wonder year and although I enjoy reading about the historical roots of this town I could honestly care less what the pizza in Hoboken tasted like 50 years ago. I also could do without being chastised because I wasnt living here in 1960. The reality is we are in the year 2010 and Hoboken has undergone a transformation along with every other town, city, and state and it’s not going back any time soon so deal with it! [quote comment=”200353″]40 plus years ago LEOS HAD THE BAR PIES AS WELL AS THE BLUE POINT ON 7TH AND WILLOWNow every ethnic group make pizza..soggy dough and not crispy is what we have today.Even bennys is Albanian..good pie but not chrispy..You do get a bang for your buckbest crispey and cooked crust is uptown pizza which is too expensive…enjoy your choice. Don’t forget Natolis across from leos on adams and first next to howell brothers.sorry nebees before your time…The best pizzas then..Now when you call giovonnnies for a sandwichyou have to add sides such as frys or onion rings..whos country it this i keep forgotting[/quote]

      • schwab says:

        That’s the problem with many people today, no respect for history. Just because of this ridiculous transformation you speak of doesn’t mean it’s for the better.

        Mass-produced, automated assembly lines, and just out for the money. Not much done with love anymore. Which is why I’ll frequent places like dozzinos and that new beer garden uptown which buck the trend more or less.

        Country turning into a sheep herd.[quote comment=”200357″]Good Lord…you need to stop living in the past. Everything with you is “oh johnny bagofdonuts used to own that place and it was the best and he’d punch you in the face if he knew this was happening”. Enough already…I’m glad you got to experience Hoboken in the wonder year and although I enjoy reading about the historical roots of this town I could honestly care less what the pizza in Hoboken tasted like 50 years ago. I also could do without being chastised because I wasnt living here in 1960. The reality is we are in the year 2010 and Hoboken has undergone a transformation along with every other town, city, and state and it’s not going back any time soon so deal with it!

        [/quote]

      • Hoboken17 says:

        Nobody said you have to stay here…..[quote comment=”200358″]That’s the problem with many people today, no respect for history. Just because of this ridiculous transformation you speak of doesn’t mean it’s for the better.Mass-produced, automated assembly lines, and just out for the money. Not much done with love anymore. Which is why I’ll frequent places like dozzinos and that new beer garden uptown which buck the trend more or less.Country turning into a sheep herd.[/quote]

      • Hoboken17 says:

        Better yet Dr Schwab….why dont you quit your job and open up a restaurant that is overflowing with history, unique, but doesnt make a dime in profits. Since you’re not “all about the money” you should be that guy to open a place that will bankrupt you but “buck the trend”.[quote comment=”200358″]That’s the problem with many people today, no respect for history. Just because of this ridiculous transformation you speak of doesn’t mean it’s for the better.Mass-produced, automated assembly lines, and just out for the money. Not much done with love anymore. Which is why I’ll frequent places like dozzinos and that new beer garden uptown which buck the trend more or less.Country turning into a sheep herd.[/quote]

      • schwab says:

        Really? What makes you think a good restaurant that preserves memories of yesteryear doesn’t (or can’t) sustain a profit?

        The main problem today is that the majority of the population expects massive portion sizes, excess glutinous ingredients and bare-bottom prices. Any amount of grease can mask the quality of the ingredients, as long as it slides down your gullet.

        Ever thought of chewing your food slowly and understanding what you’re consuming?

        By the way, I should have clarified better. I’d want every businesses to make money, but some owners are not content and want to build an empire to achieve that level of success too fast. I emphasize too fast. Sort of like flipping real estate without investing love or care of what you own.

        Can you not tell the difference between business owners who are passionate about their work, and those just looking to make a buck to sustain their ridiculously over-the-top lifestyles (or massive debt?)[quote comment=”200364″]Better yet Dr Schwab….why dont you quit your job and open up a restaurant that is overflowing with history, unique, but doesnt make a dime in profits. Since you’re not “all about the money” you should be that guy to open a place that will bankrupt you but “buck the trend”.

        [/quote]

      • whineanddineinhob says:

        Man you are one flaming ignorant a$$hole.[quote comment=”200357″]Good Lord…you need to stop living in the past. Everything with you is “oh johnny bagofdonuts used to own that place and it was the best and he’d punch you in the face if he knew this was happening”. Enough already…I’m glad you got to experience Hoboken in the wonder year and although I enjoy reading about the historical roots of this town I could honestly care less what the pizza in Hoboken tasted like 50 years ago. I also could do without being chastised because I wasnt living here in 1960. The reality is we are in the year 2010 and Hoboken has undergone a transformation along with every other town, city, and state and it’s not going back any time soon so deal with it!

        [/quote]

      • Hoboken17 says:

        Like I said, I appreciate the history of the town but wtf good is it doing by living in the past…..it’s the PAST. Just because you were “born and raised” in this town doesnt mean you’re any better than the other residents. I’ve spent over half my life here and in that time alone I’ve seen an amazing change. No, it’s not all for the good but if you want to make it better than stop daydreaming about life 40 years ago and do something about it.[quote comment=”200361″]Man you are one flaming ignorant a$$hole.[/quote]

  4. jc5201 says:

    Hope it’s good. Hopefully, we’ll also get another nail salon and bar so the balance of power isn’t thrown out of whack!

  5. truth1 says:

    Balbo’s was on Jefferson St. and Veloce’s right across the street…Both old world real pizza ‘family’ stops…………

    • wiskeytango1 says:

      balbos was owned by al veloce family at 415 jefferson st…believe his home was across the street at 416. hob 17 noone is chastiizing you.over a lousy pizza..Right next door from Balbos was a bar bakery owned by Father Michaels dad..who was a good baker as welll..5th and adam was skellys eatery..meatball sandwich with small potatos ,,wow.
      btw how much is a bar pie in leos today? 32 dollars? inflation 😮 [quote comment=”200365″]Balbo’s was on Jefferson St. and Veloce’s right across the street…Both old world real pizza ‘family’ stops…………[/quote]

    • whineanddineinhob says:

      Remember them locations on Jefferson Street but don’t remember which was which. I know we frequented the restaurant on the west side of the street which had the outdoor tables behind the fence. Trying to remember the bar (restaurant in the back) on 1st and Clinton. Was this Natoli’s?[quote comment=”200365″]Balbo’s was on Jefferson St. and Veloce’s right across the street…Both old world real pizza ‘family’ stops…………[/quote]

      • wiskeytango1 says:

        17 living in the past for some is memories of loved ones that are not here today..get the purnt?? like when mom and dad took us to biggies or the movies or to journal square for a orange drink and a hot dog at nedicks or the other place neare the lowes movie theater
        You dont mind that those are memories to many of us..what goes around..the good old days are now but you dont reaize it…[quote comment=”200368″]Remember them locations on Jefferson Street but don’t remember which was which. I know we frequented the restaurant on the west side of the street which had the outdoor tables behind the fence. Trying to remember the bar (restaurant in the back) on 1st and Clinton. Was this Natoli’s?

        [/quote]

    • HAPPY DAYS says:

      Picture shown of Balbo’s is 415 Jefferson St. Veloce’s 412 Jefferson St.[quote comment=”200365″]Balbo’s was on Jefferson St. and Veloce’s right across the street…Both old world real pizza ‘family’ stops…………[/quote]

  6. hbknisbonkers says:

    I am going to open up a nail salon, pizza place and cleaners and put everyone out of business – the end.

  7. AtomicTMan says:

    Just out of curiosity, how many box tops did you have to send in for your whiskeytango decoder ring? That guy’s nonsensical word salads put most schizophrenics to shame.

  8. wiskeytango1 says:

    SCHWAB WHATmakes you want to forget memories of where ever you came from” did u have to circumvent the bullys by walking a few blocks out of the way on the way to prep school..there are good and bad memories..we avoid the pain to seek the pleasure..have a pizza at 7 star and forget.

    • whineanddineinhob says:

      Wiskey, I believe schwab is on your side on this one–read his reply again.[quote comment=”200392″]SCHWAB WHATmakes you want to forget memories of where ever you came from” did u have to circumvent the bullys by walking a few blocks out of the way on the way to prep school..there are good and bad memories..we avoid the pain to seek the pleasure..have a pizza at 7 star and forget.[/quote]

      • wiskeytango1 says:

        whine no offense ment if i read the thread wrong..what i ment shame on us if we buy in a dirt bomb store with mice and critters running around.No car you have no choice in picking up a few things..the rolls are mainly from an outside bakery the guy leaves in the closest halll ways in the am..Anyone that buys salads and coldcuts because the sign says boars head or thumans is on meth..how long in the case and what is the temp..the health dept must check all these places…You can bake your own rolls from the a@p and get the bread from maries and antique bakery or maries… no reason to chance hapatis
        for junk in the bunk..My girlfriend saw a mouse run across her feet on 12th and wash
        and then checked the experation date on juice and soda..I know ww1 c rations still kept
        but this is not ww1 or 2..order on line and have your food delivered.go for the few sheckels..As far as newspapers you have a pc i hope..virus is all over us..hugs good holiday..its your call. ps when you see the seeds walking on your roll dont eat it. 😮 [quote comment=”200395″]Wiskey, I believe schwab is on your side on this one–read his reply again.

        [/quote]

  9. truth1 says:

    Good luck to good people at a good location – should produce great food!

  10. Hobokant says:

    Ordered delivery online at seemless web dot com last night.. Saturday night- 8pm, Pizza arrived in 30 minutes. (!)

    Got the grandma style pie with spinach and meatballs. The ingredients were super fresh, and the pie was outstanding. Huge, too. My wife and I gorged ourselves and still had enough for two meals.

    One minor flaw was even though the grandma pie is thin, the middle of the pie did get a little soggy. Of course, reheating our leftovers in the oven today took care of that. This will be my new go-to place for pizza in town- it’s among the best in town.

  11. Stabone130 says:

    I stopped in here yesterday and had a slice of the grandma pie. It was fantastic. Light, airy dough — tasty tomatoes, not cheap sauce by any means……cheese was delicious. A++++.

    It was so good, we ordered a pie for dinner. I’ll say the delivery wasn’t the same. It arrived pretty quickly (about 35-40 minutes to 8th street + Madison) but it was kinda cold. When you reheat, you don’t get the same taste. Thats what you get for delivery. B+.

    This will definitely be one of my new go-to pizza places. At least for the grandma pie.

    Glad they’re in town and hope they do well in that location.

  12. hobokenj says:

    Have eaten here a bunnch. The sausage slice is outrageous. Super super good ingredients. SO noticeable. I will be so bold as to say, this is the best pizza in town.

  13. fantasmagoried says:

    Anyone having difficulty getting connected to order delivery through the number on the menu? (332-MUTZ). We’ve tried a number of times, desperate for grilled wings.. and we never even get an answer..

  14. BklynHobo says:

    What has happened to tho place? Their quality has taken a serious nose dive. They were so good for their 1st year, but the last 6-8 months have been bad. I keep trying hoping they will go back but I think I am done giving them a chance.

  15. LobstaGirl says:

    **Sold**recently

  16. new2hoboken says:

    that is too bad. i did like their pizza a lot as it was nice to switch up from always getting grimaldi’s.

  17. BklynHobo says:

    It’s too bad since it was really great the first year or so. Whoever the “brains” was should open up something on his own.

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