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June 29, 2010

Jack Abramoff's pizzeria

Jack AbramoffI just got a call from a reporter working for a New York-based financial publication.

He wanted to know about the pizzeria that has given convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff a job.

I've never been.

Anybody familiar with Tov Pizza on Reisterstown Road?








Jack Abramoff, looking ready to catch some just-tossed pizza dough as he arrived for work at Tov Pizza last week. AP photo

Posted by Laura Vozzella at 1:54 PM | | Comments (16)


I have been to Tov Pizza several times. Their falafel is sooo good. It is a very downscale carry-out/sit-down kind of place -- very worn linoleum floors, drop ceiling, tables strewn around, nothing fancy. It's a little grubby and well-worn feeling, if that makes any sense. The pizza was not the best, in my recollection, though it was several years ago that I last visited. Very thin crust, kind of cracker-y, as I believe Kosher pizza often is. But even in Pikesville or in that area on Reisterstown Road, there aren't that many Kosher restaurants considering the size of the Jewish population, so it gets hopping in there. A big hang-out for teenagers or big families with kids (and there are a lot of those in the Orthodox community), as you'd expect for a place that's so casual and affordable. The kind of place where you'd take a kids' sports team after a game.

For an eye-opener, take a look at some of the hateful invectives people have written on Tov's google site reviews.

Stay classy, internet.


Yeah...those comments are scary and disgusting. Makes me want to rush out for a Tov pie tonight..

That S.O.B. should be in prison.

He was in prison. Love the people that keep up with current events

Hey SAS ...I'm up. He should still be in prison, and not a white collar clubhouse. If he had your money you would feel the same way.

hey billybutterbean Gotcha then it should have said "still in prison"
A person like that would never have our money. We have been very careful who and how we invest . That is why we are weathering the recession very well.

Tov is a real community kind of place. The interesting part is that it has a good relationship with the cops in the area (the parking lot sometimes looks like a donut shop) and the owner Rosenbluth works with them in connection with the Shomrim citizens patrol. you even know what he was guilty of?

Never been, only have gotten it as takeout, mostly at the office where i used to work.
It's not banging on the walls fabulous, but it is highly consistent, more so then any other pizza joint i've ever encountered. That gets praise from me in the " no surprises, please" column, nearly into comfort food.

What is Abramoff's job description at TOV? In the picture he is dressed looking like a Sysco rep. and not someone tossing pie crust.

Chris - in the original article the owner said he would be doing "marketing."

Hey Chris.....Just curious....JUst WHAT exactly should a Sysco rep look like? I happen to know many Sysco reps...and they all look different....but none of them "look" like te man in the picture.
What WAS your point?

Good question Jason. I guess you can read.

@Anonymous - In this case it would be a man headed to a food establishment dressed business casual with a laptop carrying out a mission of up-selling the promo of the month.

The man is paying his debt to society. He broke the law and paid dearly for it. I think it's time for some of the vitriol to fade.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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