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Carminuccio's

76 South Main St., Newtown, CT - (203) 364-1133
Posted By Michael Stern on 2/16/2015 10:35:00 AM
We slightly disagree with Carminuccio’s motto, which is "A Little Slice of Heaven." We say it is a quite a large slice of heaven. In Connecticut, home of America’s most delicious pizzas, this house by the side of the highway serves some of the very best.

When you walk in, it doesn’t seem much to look at. The interior consists of an order counter and a small array of bare-topped tables. But look closely, and towards the back you see the stuffed breads of the day arranged in a case. They are a beautiful sight: long, savory loaves wrapped around such ingredients as ham or capicola, pepperoni and cheese, broccoli and sausage. Served steaming hot, one of these breads is a soulful meal every bit as satisfying as a pizza.

As for pizzas, the Carminuccio repertoire of toppings ranges from basic cheese to escarole & beans, barbecued chicken, sautéed spinach, and a knock-out “BLT” combo of pesto sauce, bacon, cooked escarole, and roasted tomatoes. Near the cash register, you can watch the pizza man stretch the dough ultra-thin and slide it into the ovens. About ten minutes later, out comes a pizza that has a chewy rim of crust all around the circumference and a brittle undercrust with just enough grit from the oven to give it real character.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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Steak Sandwich
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A plethora of roasted garlic, red peppers, and sausage make this my favorite of all Carminuccio's pizzas. In fact, I have ordered it so much over the years, the menu now refers to it as the 'Stern Special.' I am honored!
"A plethora of roasted garlic, red peppers, and sausage make this my favorite of all Carminuccio's pizzas. In fact, I have ordered it so much over the years, the menu now refers to it as the 'Stern Special.' I am honored!"
Michael Stern





Jackson Pollack couldn't have created a more beautiful tableau: 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: 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


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


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


The thin crust of this pie was amazingly able to support an abundance of chicken, artichokes, olives, and proscuitto.
"The thin crust of this pie was amazingly able to support an abundance of chicken, artichokes, olives, and proscuitto."
Chris & Amy Ayers



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