Rays Real Pizza originally goes from NY from Broadway and Times Square to Hazlet and now in Jackson and the owners Gianni and Sandra Russo are bringing their secrets southern Italian recipes with them. The restaurant in the space that was formerly Doraldo,s Pizzeria  in the Jackson Crossing Shopping Plaza on South Hope Chapel Road


Rays  ......we are  pride ourselves on using only the freshest & finest ingredients in all our authentic Italian dishes. Our meats, fish, poultry and produce are of the highest quality. They are the same ingredients we offer in our own kitchens at home. We believe when you use the best, you get the best results.

We take extra care to insure you are completely satisfied. Our greatest reward is the compliments we receive from our satisfied customers. All our dishes are made fresh when ordered. Our goal is to put a smile on your face. Food has a way of making people happy. We treat our customers like family and we look forward to serving you.

Eat in Rays is eat eat in your house...Because we are your family...We are Ray's Family



Ray’s Real Pizza restaurant is still open for business,  in Hazlet.and now in Jackson.... Where? How?

There are so many pizza restaurants in Manhattan with Ray in their names that their abundance rivals the ubiquity of Starbucks: Ray’s Pizza, Ray’s Original Pizza, Famous Ray’s Pizza and World-Famous Original Ray’s Pizza.

But the story line of this Ray’s might be titled “From Broadway to the Boondocks, With Extra Cheese.”

In the late 1970s, when Joe Russo and his brother John (Gianni) left their hometown in southern Italy and landed in New York, they wanted to continue the family cooking tradition, which included a secret pizza recipe. So they opened Ray’s Real Pizza, named after an uncle who was a good cook, on Eighth Avenue between 44th and 45th Streets.

Word spread quickly and soon the place was filled with a mix of the theater crowd, actors, musicians, sports figures, tourists and neighborhood regulars.

The Russo's served the rich and famous, including Alec Baldwin, Oscar De La Hoya, Mr. Duvall, Pelé, Mr. DeLuise and Sean Combs, known as Diddy. The brothers lined the walls of their restaurant with photos of the celebrities, posing, shaking hands and enjoying the food. Business was good.

But after coping with several rent increases, a crisis was upon them in 2003, when their landlord raised the rent 400 percent.

“We flipped out when we got the notice about the increase,” said Marco Russo, 33, a younger brother who joined the business. “And they wanted us to pay it month to month. How can you work like that or think about making improvements on the place?”

So the Russo brothers shut down their place, took time off and then scouted the metropolitan area for a new location with a more realistic real estate deal. In 2005, they took their recipes and their photos of bold-faced names and settled on Hazlet, which is about an hour and 10 minutes by car from Times Square and might be considered a pit stop on the way to the Jersey Shore....

And after 12 years ...Rays Real Pizza is in Jackson....Ocean County...with one of the Russo,s Brothers Gianni Russo  and his wife Sandra Russo....

..With the same tradition and the same style...family style with a different look and fresh image....but always Ray's is Ray's



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21 South Hope Chapel Road, Jackson 08527 NJ



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