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Zuppardi's Apizza

179 Union Avenue, West Haven, CT - (203) 934-1949
Posted By Nick Perna on 2/20/2009 2:28:00 PM
Zuppardi's is at least as good as, if not better than, the big name apizza places in New Haven, without the long lines. Actually, I think it is the best in the state.

I'm addicted to the sausage pizza, which has liberal amounts of sweet homemade sausage with fennel seed. The crust tastes like homemade bread and is nicely burned along the edges. I've not tried the frozen take-home version, but leftover pie reheats nicely on a pizza stone in the oven.

Service is friendly, even on busy nights. Atmosphere is far from elegant, even with the recent makeover that includes new Formica and a McDonald's tile floor. Pizza, salad, and antipasto (that's the entire menu) are served on paper plates. If you want some elegance, go someplace else, but I guarantee the pizza won't be nearly as good.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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A member of the Zuppardi family told us they had just made 200 pounds of sausage -- a significant portion of which was spread across this lovely pizza.
"A member of the Zuppardi family told us they had just made 200 pounds of sausage -- a significant portion of which was spread across this lovely pizza."
Michael Stern





The fresh clam pie is shucked immediately after ordering to ensure maximum freshness.  You won't find a more satisfying seafood pizza anywhere.
"The fresh clam pie is shucked immediately after ordering to ensure maximum freshness. You won't find a more satisfying seafood pizza anywhere."
Stephen Rushmore


Description?  No need, the picture says it all.
"Description? No need, the picture says it all."
Mark Kaupe


This is a thin-crusted and dark-edged pie.  Zuppardi's pie could compete successfully in a blind taste test with the boys downtown.  Try the house-made sausage as a topping.
"This is a thin-crusted and dark-edged pie. Zuppardi's pie could compete successfully in a blind taste test with the boys downtown. Try the house-made sausage as a topping. "
Mark Kaupe


This very flavorful sausage spotlighted this pie’s savory sauce and cheese.
"This very flavorful sausage spotlighted this pie’s savory sauce and cheese."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Is this the best white clam pizza in the universe?
"Is this the best white clam pizza in the universe?"
Michael Stern


These tomato-topped pies will go to the local bars to be heated again later.  They freeze some for take-out.
"These tomato-topped pies will go to the local bars to be heated again later. They freeze some for take-out. "
Mark Kaupe


Perfect edges around the rim, typical of the pizza in these parts.  This is one delicious sausage pie.  I also bought a frozen one for another meal.
"Perfect edges around the rim, typical of the pizza in these parts. This is one delicious sausage pie. I also bought a frozen one for another meal."
Mark Kaupe


Baking in a convection/toaster oven right on the rack provides a nice crisp bottom crust.  Creating dark edges is a work in progress for me.
 The sausage is flavorful and generous.
"Baking in a convection/toaster oven right on the rack provides a nice crisp bottom crust. Creating dark edges is a work in progress for me. The sausage is flavorful and generous."
Mark Kaupe


A frozen sausage pizza ready to be heated.
"A frozen sausage pizza ready to be heated."
Mark Kaupe


The menu reads as if it is from Wooster Street.  The pushpins remind me of Pepe's.
"The menu reads as if it is from Wooster Street. The pushpins remind me of Pepe's."
Mark Kaupe


Some sweet temptations to bring home.
"Some sweet temptations to bring home. "
Mark Kaupe


You can get a plain or one topping pizza for $5.00.  Other frozen meals make dinner easy.
"You can get a plain or one topping pizza for $5.00. Other frozen meals make dinner easy."
Mark Kaupe


The neighborhood has grown since 1934, giving Zuppardi's that feeling typical of small pizzerias throughout the region.  Delivery charge?  Just open the front door.  A recent windstorm wasn't kind to the awning.
"The neighborhood has grown since 1934, giving Zuppardi's that feeling typical of small pizzerias throughout the region. Delivery charge? Just open the front door. A recent windstorm wasn't kind to the awning."
Mark Kaupe


An extreme close-up of crust shows one of the puffed-up bubbles with a blackened edge that makes southern Connecticut pizzas so extraordinary.
"An extreme close-up of crust shows one of the puffed-up bubbles with a blackened edge that makes southern Connecticut pizzas so extraordinary."
Michael Stern



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