On a recent Friday evening, we paid a visit to Nancy’s TowneHouse in Rahway. The restaurant has a welcoming, old-school appeal. Owned by Nancy Knudsen, it has been in the city for 18 years. Nancy tells us it’s a real “family affair,” as her five children work with her at the restaurant.
Nancy’s TowneHouse has garnered a loyal following of pizza and Italian food lovers who come from near and far. We asked Knudson to tell us a little about running her restaurant in Rahway. She commented, “I like downtown Rahway and the mayor is helping the businesses do well,” adding, “It is a big arts community with UCPAC, and many of our customers visit when they are seeing a show. We’re glad to be a part of it.”
In a state with an abundance of good pizza spots—and known for Italian fare—Nancy’s TowneHouse is a standout. The pies come in small (14-inch) and large (16-inch), and each one features a thin, crispy crust, and a variety of creative options. A few fan favorites include the Philly cheesesteak pizza, baked ziti pizza, white pizza, and veggie pizza. And of course, you’ll find a selection for designing your own pie as well, including mushrooms, clams, bacon, olives, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and more. Knudsen’s own favorite is the eggplant and garlic pizza. Can’t decide on one plan for a pie? Neither could we! Instead we went for different toppings on each half.
While pizza is the main event at Nancy’s, the eatery also offers many more menu items such as appetizers, salads, soups, side dishes, specialty pastas, and dishes that include eggplant, chicken, veal, and seafood dinners. Nancy’s also accommodates families with a go-to children’s menu.
We are not alone in our appreciation of Nancy’s TowneHouse’s excellent pizza. NJ.com has named Nancy’s pies among the top 10 in the Garden State and most recently, the Union County spot got a great review from David Portnoy, of Barstool Sports.
At the Bar
Nancy’s TowneHouse offers full bar service with wine, beer and cocktails as well. And after savoring a delicious, satisfying meal, save a little room for dessert. Try a house-made Tiramisu or a scrumptious peanut butter silk, which you can enjoy with coffee, cappuccino, or espresso.
Hosting a gathering? Nancy’s TowneHouse has a party room on site and offers complete catering service. The restaurant has a dining room, al fresco seating in the rear of the restaurant, and a comfortable outdoor pavilion right next door. Guests will find on-site parking and plenty of street parking in the city of Rahway as well.