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If visiting a plain old pizzeria leaves you cold, make it an event with a trip to Uncle Maddio’s Pizza.
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DIY Pizza

If visiting a plain old pizzeria leaves you cold, make it an event with a trip to Uncle Maddio’s Pizza, which recently opened in East Hanover.

Uncle Maddio’s customers create their own assemblyline style pies, choosing from three crusts (one glutenfree), six sauce options and 48 cheese, meat or veggie toppings. You talk directly to the pizza maker, so you can ask for “a little more of this,” or “a little less of that.” Or simply go for a signature pizza, such as the meaty Big Max or the Steak & Blue (grilled steak, blue cheese and more). You can also create your own salad or sandwich. During the pizzeria’s grand opening in March, it offered free slices and held a raffle to win a year of free pizza with all money benefiting Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza, 346 Rt. 10 East, East Hanover, 973.884.1200; unclemaddios.com

'Cue To-Do 

Chef Robert Austin Cho is on the move again. After the owner of Kimchi Smoke, the wildly popular Korean barbecue joint in Bergen County, asked his social media followers where they’d want a second location, he’s bringing his signature chonut (a glazed donut stuffed with smoked brisket topped with bacon, cheese and kimchi) and other smoked creations to Montclair. Get ready for plenty of full baby back ribs and pork spareribs!

Although a date hadn’t been firmed up by press deadline, Cho says he hoped to open by the end of April, in time for the Montclair Film Festival. We’re eagerly counting down the days.

Kimchi Smoke BBQ, 345 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair; kimchismoke.com

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