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2006/09/11 10:53:01 (permalink)

Anyone remember CiCi's in Point Pleasant Beach?

I've lamented the fire that destroyed CiCi's on the PPB boardwalk since the day it happened (back in the 80's). On top of that, no one ever seems to talk about the place. Does anyone remember it? I remember the pizza being fantastic.
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RE: Anyone remember CiCi's in Point Pleasant Beach? 2006/09/11 17:44:59 (permalink)
Are you talking about the same CiCi's that is a chain? Where it is like a buffet, cheap prices, poor quality pizzas, but a good place to take baseball teams, volleyball teams, etc. Kids love CiCi's and parents like the prices. We went the other day (2 Adults, 1 child and the total for all 3 of us was under $10. The dessert pizzas are pretty good. The salad bar sucks.
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RE: Anyone remember CiCi's in Point Pleasant Beach? 2006/09/11 20:28:26 (permalink)
nope. in no way shape or form am i referring to a chain. I *did* say "fantastic pizza", rather than "poor quality pizza", yes?

Cici's was an independently owned, local pizza place on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant, NJ. A guy named Tommy, IIRC, was the owner.
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RE: Anyone remember CiCi's in Point Pleasant Beach? 2006/09/17 13:42:50 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JNM07806 2016/07/07 14:43:57
I grew up in Point Pleasant and worked a couple summers as an umbrella boy at Jenkinson's Pavilion next door. As you can imagine I've had more than my share of Cici's pizza over the years and agree it was one of the best ever made. I mean the real deal. Coupled with a real orangeade from Jenkinson's it may have been the finest pizza experience ever! Of course we were blessed in Point Pleasant with not only Cici's pizza but the aforementioned orangeade, Skokos's hamburgers and hot dogs at the inlet end of the boardwalk and Mike's submarines. How about Jack Baker's Lobster Shanty?

Of course being much older now, everything old seems at least twice as good as today's version of anything- but but darnit I believe it was.

Two other pizza's worthy of mention from those halcyon days of yore. Pizza King in Toms River was nothing short of outstanding (gone) as was Maruca's Seaside Boardwalk pizza. Fortunately for us Maruca's is still in existence and just as good as ever.

Just wish I still lived close enough to have ready access to all the Jersey Shore eats that I miss so much.
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RE: Anyone remember CiCi's in Point Pleasant Beach? 2006/09/18 00:31:48 (permalink)
I still miss Sonny and Ricky's pizza down in Seaside Heights on the boardwalk, and they closed over 20 years ago!
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Re:Anyone remember CiCi's in Point Pleasant Beach? 2011/03/22 07:38:25 (permalink)
The thing I remember about CiCi's was the sauce.  It had a real undertone to it.  Isn't the Orangeade from Kohrs, not Jenkinsons?
The fire was pretty suspicious, along with all the other fires that occurred on the boardwalk over the years.
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Re:Anyone remember CiCi's in Point Pleasant Beach? 2011/03/22 10:18:43 (permalink)
never made it down to point pleasant much,but on the seaside boardwalk,as someone has said  Marucas was and is king...also good was a Macks that was there but has been gone for decades .....here in CA  least we now have Dominicks( jersey transplant) http://www.dominicksmarketdeli.com/folsom    up Folsolm way..you will always find a few east coast refugeesathere hudeled around a pizza with smiles on their faces  .... its little too far for me to go as much as I would like ,but at last a pizza in northern ca that could hold its own on the old Boardwalk ,and worth a special stop/trip  for anyone craving the real deal   
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Re:Anyone remember CiCi's in Point Pleasant Beach? 2013/09/12 18:45:52 (permalink)
Happened to come across this today.  We used to stay in Pt. Pleasant for a couple of weeks each summer (60s/70s).  And yes, I remember Cici's it was fantastic pizza.  It was good all around, but what I really remember is that they had a knack for getting the cheese around the edge burned just enough to create the most fantastic flavor!  God it was good.
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Re:Anyone remember CiCi's in Point Pleasant Beach? 2014/03/02 12:22:50 (permalink)
I have been to Cici's before, the chain I mean, and while it was very cheap, the food quality was not the best.
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Re: Anyone remember CiCi's in Point Pleasant Beach? 2015/05/21 02:03:14 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JNM7806 2015/05/31 23:32:57
Hi folks.  A little late to join this I know.  But the Cici in Cici's Pizza (the local owned store in Point Pleasant NOT the chain) was my dad's uncle.  This picture was recently posted on my family's Facebook group (apparently the site is now a Dell Store).
 
I grew up on Long Island, so I never remember going there, but have heard the stories.  Apparently before they hit the big time, the Four Seasons played Martel's on the boardwalk regularly.  They would come into the pizzeria to have dinner before going on.  
 
 

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Re: Anyone remember CiCi's in Point Pleasant Beach? 2017/10/31 04:13:12 (permalink)

 
Prior to the fate of Ci Ci's, it was burglarized twice. The first was March of 1988 and the second January of 1990. What I've read up on about the place recently, it was owned by the Sontoriello family. Frank, owned it for 16 years before his passing in 1971. Then, Tommy owned it for the next 20 before it was gutted by fire. Tommy, passed away in 2011.
 
The same place was originally an ice cream parlor before, it became CICI's Pizza.
 
Go onto Newspapers.com and it has the full story.
post edited by JNM7806 - 2017/10/31 12:55:13

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Re: Anyone remember CiCi's in Point Pleasant Beach? 2017/10/31 10:36:49 (permalink)
That was a great place....
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Re: Anyone remember CiCi's in Point Pleasant Beach? 2017/10/31 12:40:00 (permalink)
The result was an electrical fire. It was planned to be rebuilt but, sadly it didn’t happen. I only ate there once, when I was a child and it was okay in my honest opinion.

It’s good for myself to hear all the stories about their good times eating there.

I do say that all the people have Ci Ci’s etched in their memories forever.

RIP Ci Ci’s 1954-1990
post edited by JNM7806 - 2017/11/02 03:23:37
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Re: Anyone remember CiCi's in Point Pleasant Beach? 2017/10/31 12:52:31 (permalink)
The place had become Joey Tomatoes, it had been rebuilt that same year. It still remains a hit to this day.
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Re: Anyone remember CiCi's in Point Pleasant Beach? 2017/10/31 13:34:13 (permalink)
Joey Tomatoes is indeed a popular stop on the boardwalk!
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