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Carminuccio's

76 South Main St., Newtown, CT - (203) 364-1133
Posted By Alan Morringiello on 7/22/2008 6:55:00 PM
I am a transplanted New Yorker who has lived in Connecticut for twenty years. I am perplexed as to how Connecticut can claim to have the world's best pizza (Pepe's included), when parts of Brooklyn and Queens in NY have a local slice joint comparable to if not better than most of the venerable pizza parlors in CT. That being said... Carminuccio's is one of the best when it comes to pizza!

The mere fact that a slice with the topping of your choice will arrive with more topping than you see on most whole pizzas is testament to the quality and taste of a Carminuccio's pie. The four cheese, the white pizza, and the garlic pie all are highly recommended. The grinders are fairly good (I have never been disappointed), but the pizza is what rules here. You will be satisfied if you enjoy thin, slightly charred crusts and better than average toppings. A plain pie should be your starting point; build from there.

I am not a fan of places that overextend their menus, but Carminuccio's also has desserts. They fill their own cannoli, so the shell is always crunchy and flakey as it should be.

Not a fancy place, just a few booths and tables, but the pies will make you glad you found this unheralded gem in Newtown.

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
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Jackson Pollack couldn't have created a more beautiful tableau. Pizza #14 on the Carminuccio's menu is a vivid melange of caramelized roasted garlic cloves, intensely flavorful roasted tomatoes, creamy mozzarella cheese, pesto sauce and fresh spinach leaves. All that atop a chewy-crisp crust that is at once elegant and supremely satisfying. Put this pie in the Pizza Pantheon!
"Jackson Pollack couldn't have created a more beautiful tableau. Pizza #14 on the Carminuccio's menu is a vivid melange of caramelized roasted garlic cloves, intensely flavorful roasted tomatoes, creamy mozzarella cheese, pesto sauce and fresh spinach leaves. All that atop a chewy-crisp crust that is at once elegant and supremely satisfying. Put this pie in the Pizza Pantheon!"
Michael Stern





I currently have two slices of this pizza in my refrigerator and am debating whether to have them cold or warmed up. Despite the plethora of garlic, peppers, and sausage, plus cheese and sauce, the crust on this work of art remained crisp and sturdy.
"I currently have two slices of this pizza in my refrigerator and am debating whether to have them cold or warmed up. Despite the plethora of garlic, peppers, and sausage, plus cheese and sauce, the crust on this work of art remained crisp and sturdy."
Michael Stern


This is a
"This is a "stuffed bread." In addition to massive amounts of cooked broccoli, it contains pepperoni, sausage, and cheese."
Michael Stern


One of our favorite pizza combos at Carminuccio's:  peppers and mushrooms.  Normally, we get meat on a pizza, but these peppers and mushrooms are so delicious that they stand by themselves as topping.
"One of our favorite pizza combos at Carminuccio's: peppers and mushrooms. Normally, we get meat on a pizza, but these peppers and mushrooms are so delicious that they stand by themselves as topping. "
Michael Stern


Two sizes of the Buffalo chicken wing sandwich are available. This one is
"Two sizes of the Buffalo chicken wing sandwich are available. This one is "small" -- a six-inch grinder roll loaded with ingredients. "Large" is twice as big. What is not visible in the photo is all the blue cheese dressing atop the shredded lettuce: an inspired companion for the zesty chicken."
Michael Stern


Slices of fresh tomato are strewn across a field of mozzarella.
"Slices of fresh tomato are strewn across a field of mozzarella."
Michael Stern


A simple tomato sauce and mozzarella slice has soulful crunch to its crust and a fine, delicate texture in the toppings.
"A simple tomato sauce and mozzarella slice has soulful crunch to its crust and a fine, delicate texture in the toppings."
Michael Stern


While we were waiting for our steak sandwich to be made, this beautiful, individual-sized pizza emerged from the oven. The bacon was still sizzling.
"While we were waiting for our steak sandwich to be made, this beautiful, individual-sized pizza emerged from the oven. The bacon was still sizzling."
Michael Stern


One of the stranger items on the menu:  a basic cheese pizza is served heaped with iceberg lettuce salad.  The menu describes this strangely satisfying item as
"One of the stranger items on the menu: a basic cheese pizza is served heaped with iceberg lettuce salad. The menu describes this strangely satisfying item as "Carmine's creation.""
Michael Stern


Carminuccio's is on a strip of highway not famous for great eats.  But to those in the know, it's the place to go.
"Carminuccio's is on a strip of highway not famous for great eats. But to those in the know, it's the place to go."
Michael Stern



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