Originally posted by hbgman
When it comes to Pizza (abeetz) you can't go wrong in New Haven, CT. These are my preferences (very best to better than any other pizza).
Pepe's, Grand, Zuppardi's (West Haven), Sally's, Tolli's (East Haven), Modern, Only the Best (West haven), Depalmas (East Haven), Exception: I haven't tasted The Bar pizza yet but I hear it could make 2nd or 3rd in my taste prefenece.
I posted the same thing, trying to start up this topic, it went nowhere. http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=19907
So I will re-post it here with some editing:
One of the more interesting aspects of New Haven is when you ask a local where to find the best pizza in town. Surprisingly, I will get a reply of Modern Appizza as the place to go. http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=526
The regional weekly paper, The New Haven Advocate, in their yearly 'Best of' poll once again awarded the first prize to Modern, based on the votes of the readers responses.
Pepe's came in second and the Bar/Bru Room came in third. I have heard many good things about Bar. They have won awards for Best Beer selection, Best Brew Pub, Best Singles Bar ( This is something that the other two cannot claim !), and yes, they serve their thin crusted and burnt edged pie on a sheet pan. My understanding is that their pizza is made by people who worked at Pepe's or Sally's. I have been to the pizza triumverate that has made this town famous plus Pepe's sister store in Fairfield.
hbgman lists many places that I have not tried, and this piques my curiosity. I am in West Haven frequently enough to check 'em out. Do any of these stores sell slices?
There are other Roadfood restaurants that made the list. If you want to see the winners here is the address:
One of the reasons why I am posting this is that I think that there are plenty of places to go if there was a Roadfood tour of lower western Connecticut. We could eat the best pizza, hot dogs, belly clams and lobster rolls, and not have to go much further than a 50 mile radius at best. Based on what has been reviewed here and the winners from the weekly, there are plenty of places to go to and plenty more that you wish you could try.