New Haven Pizza

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2004/11/09 08:53:33 (permalink)

New Haven Pizza

Hi out there. I know various New Haven Pizza establishments have been discussed in here many times... BUT... I have a dilemma. Yes, I am from NYC, and we have some good pizza here, but the Boyfriend and I are traveling up to Mystic Ct./Casino area next month, and I really want to stop in New Haven for pizza- possibly in both directions.

Here is the big question- If I only can stop in 2 places, which should they be? Since I am allergic to fish- that let's out the clam pie at Pepe's. I think the boyfriend and I have learned our lesson the last few months- with our eyes too big for our stomachs. It was torturous eating 8 bbq meals (even mini meals) in 2 days, last month in North Carolina.

We have never tried any of the pizza there. Just from everyone's comments I would say to try Pepe's and Modern Apizza? Are there any times of the day that there is no line? I just hate waiting on line, especially in the cold.

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Nadine
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    rjb
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    RE: New Haven Pizza 2004/11/09 09:34:12 (permalink)
    Rare, if not unique, is the pizza at Yorkside Pizza on York St. Thinner than sicilian, thicker than Neapolitan, baked in a pan, but not at all like Chicago style. Owners are greek, so maybe its of Hellenic origin?

    Meatball & fried eggplant is a personal favorite, as is the fresh garlic. Also good greek salad. Not sure if they sell by the slice -- didn't use to.

    And no waiting on line.
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    RE: New Haven Pizza 2004/11/09 09:49:12 (permalink)

    there is usually no more than a 15-minute line at Modern at their busiest times . . . except if there is a Yale football game the day of your visit

    If you dont want to wait at Pepe's go very early (opening) or very late (when clams are often sold out, but that does'nt matter in your case)

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    RE: New Haven Pizza 2004/11/09 10:10:53 (permalink)
    A very viable choice, especially if you are coming up the Merrit Parkway is Bimonte's on Whitney Ave. in Hamden.

    That said, I95 is more direct -- if not a hell-ish drive.
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    RE: New Haven Pizza 2004/11/09 13:42:18 (permalink)
    Modern and Pepe's.
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    RE: New Haven Pizza 2004/11/09 17:36:21 (permalink)
    what Hillbilly said.

    Modern is on the corner of State & Humphrey.
    Pepe's is on Wooster St.


    They're only about a mile apart.
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    RE: New Haven Pizza 2004/11/09 17:39:36 (permalink)
    I would go to the Modern and then the Modern

    Be sure to try the Italian Bomb
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    RE: New Haven Pizza 2004/11/09 18:10:51 (permalink)
    You didn't mention day of the week or approximate times. Modern is closed mondays and Pepe's is closed Tuesdays. Modern is definitely the choice for a shorter or no wait, which is strange considering their red pizza's are better than Pepe's.
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    RE: New Haven Pizza 2004/11/09 18:59:04 (permalink)
    Hm. I may have to limit myself here, as we are driving up around noon, and Pepe's doesn't open til 4?.... Oh oh!

    Looks like Modern going up there then, and maybe try to go to Pepe's during the next day. Maybe I am spoiled here in NY having pizza places open all day. Not to mention-slices available! It will be difficult ordering a whole pie, when we just want a taste. Ooooh.. the sacrifices!

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    RE: New Haven Pizza 2004/11/09 19:35:39 (permalink)
    Pepes is a must - sausage and mushroom is to die for. I would also go to Sally's. There is always a big debate between the two but both are close. Modern is good too but is on the greasy side. Don't forget to go to Libbys next to Pepes for some cappuccino.
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    RE: New Haven Pizza 2004/11/09 19:41:54 (permalink)
    If you're in Mystic, don't forget that there really is a Mystic Pizza, the one the movie was inspired by. Worth a stop just to have your photo taken, maybe.
    Modern would be my recommendation for pie in New Haven. I grew up there and I never really felt that Pepe's was all that great. Must be a Yalie thing. None of the local Italians I knew went out of their way to eat there. Too many other fine neighborhood places.
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    RE: New Haven Pizza 2004/12/31 14:03:07 (permalink)
    Wow- What a few days in the roadfood department. I finally got to try my New Haven Pizza on Tuesday and Wednesday, and this was after a big meal at Dinosaur BBQ here in NY. Talk about being satiated!

    Since our first meal was on a Tuesday in the afternoon, that eliminated Pepe's, and Sally's. We of course went to Modern. This was such a treat for me. We had ordered a pepperoni and bacon pizza, and it was delicious. Just the right amount of spices, cheese, toppings, and a wonderfully charred crust. My boyfriend ate cold leftovers the next day (we were staying at a hotel) and loved them.

    On Wednesday we travelled the 50 miles back to New Haven, and got to Pepe's at 358pm. Unfortunately the door shut 2 groups before us. Sighs, but we still waited. What amazed me was the fact that a sign soon appeared- about 425pm- no more clam pies. I was not going to order one anyways, as I am allergic, but is this common? To run out 25 minutes after opening?

    We ordered a pepperoni and mushroom pie, and by the time it arrived, we were salivating. The pizza was very, very good, with great crust. The overall pizza was better at Modern, though. Pepe's tomato was a bit bland, and overall needed a bit more spice. That being said, the two of us finished a medium pie (smaller than Modern's medium.)

    All in all, I was so happy we finally got up there, to truly appreciate good pizza. Both were wonderful, and although it may sound sacreligious, being from NY- bring on the New Haven Pizza.
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    RE: New Haven Pizza 2004/12/31 14:54:59 (permalink)
    If it's at noontime, that means Pepe's and Sally's will be closed. Therefore, I suggest Modern and The Bar on Crown Street. I still haven't tried the mashed potato pizza at the latter, but lots of people rave about it.
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    RE: New Haven Pizza 2004/12/31 14:57:33 (permalink)
    Hmm.

    Pepe's sure does keep some weird hours.
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    RE: New Haven Pizza 2004/12/31 14:58:20 (permalink)
    Too bad I was only there for a day and a half Michael, as I love mashed potatoes... hm... on Pizza? With cheese too? I might have to make another trip up there. ahhahahaha
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    RE: New Haven Pizza 2004/12/31 15:04:23 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Stern

    If it's at noontime, that means Pepe's and Sally's will be closed. Therefore, I suggest Modern and The Bar on Crown Street. I still haven't tried the mashed potato pizza at the latter, but lots of people rave about it.


    There used to be a pizza place in Lebanon, OH that sold Pierogi Pizzas. Pizzas with a mashed potato & cheese topping. I thought it was escellent. Unfortunately, it went out of business about 6 - 7 months ago.
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    RE: New Haven Pizza 2004/12/31 15:20:40 (permalink)
    Nontopical aside: One of these days, CP, I'm going to have to figure out how you know so much fairly current info about Cincinnati and the surrounding areas :-)

    ....and now back to your regularly scheduled new haven pizza topic
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    RE: New Haven Pizza 2005/03/10 16:35:25 (permalink)
    I was at a CT rest stop on the interstate yesterday. The info booth was manned by a bored employee who was doing his best to avoid eye contact. In front of the booth was a rack with 3x5 cards preprinted with directions to a few popular places. I noted that one of the cards was for "The New Haven Pizza District". I thought that you all would be interested.
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