Where We’re Eating: District 611

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The latest town to be graced by a custom-made wood-fired pizza oven, fed by oak and birch, is Riverton, NJ, where three owners (two of whom are Stephen Starr vets) have opened District 611, a Neapolitan-style pizzeria and New American BYOB. The pizzas emerge from the 900-degree oven after just a minute of ba­king, loaded liberally with pepperoni and mozzarella (made fresh at the restaurant). Dollops of ricotta add to the visual appeal, and a peek at the bottom of the pie reveals promising spotting. The dough has that crisp-but-chewy texture you look for in good Neapolitan. The pie, however, sags a bit in the middle—the sole demerit given to an otherwise solid effort. Besides pizzas, the restaurant has a whole second kitchen that offers plates like steak and crabcakes. The banh mi spring rolls are a winner, filled with shredded Berkshire pork and pickled veggies and served with a cilantro sauce. It’s a dish that seems lifted right from the Starr cookbook, sure, but it works. If only ours hadn’t arrived at the exact same moment as the pizzas. For a BYOB, the drink menu is creative, with eight varieties of New Hope fountain sodas available, as well as La Colombe’s Pure Black and Philadelphia classic Black Cherry Wi­shniak.

District 611
710 Broad Street, Riverton, NJ
856-829-1552

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  • Bob

    I agree completely with your sole demerit….I had the same thought too when I went….

  • Nick

    We have been there several times, for generally v. good/excellent meals. However, the last time we were several weeks ago, the Margherita DOP pizza was a sloppy mess. Cut back on, or more fully drain the tomato topping? Something needs to be done to get the pizzas on track, and soon….

  • Great, now I want pizza.

    The saggy slice would be easily remedied by lightening up a lot on the toppings. The crust is good and the pizzas have really good potential– they just need to remember that less is more. I’ve eaten there twice, had a pie once, and had the same single complaint. Otherwise, a nice neighborhood spot.