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Zuppardi's Apizza

179 Union Avenue, West Haven, CT - (203) 934-1949
Posted By Stephen Rushmore on 5/28/2010 10:34:00 AM
The Zuppardi family has been making New Haven style pizza in the residential neighborhood of West Haven for three generations. The white clam pizza has become a signature dish in New Haven, but surprisingly Zuppardi’s Apizza downplays their addictive pie.

Don’t start thinking about driving to Zuppardi’s until you call ahead and order a “FRESH” white clam pizza. We emphasize “fresh” since they will assume you want the mediocre canned variety which is like comparing Chef Boyardee to fresh pasta. Just like a fresh seafood shack that receives deliveries from local fisherman, the fresh white clam pizza is “market priced.” At least two dozen little necks are shucked immediately after your order is placed to ensure maximum freshness. It is a time-consuming process, so call 15-20 minutes before your ETA to prevent excessive thumb spinning.

When the moment arrives, a piping hot white clam pizza topped with fresh garlic, grated Romano, olive oil and sprinkle of parsley will be placed on your table. The edge of the crust is thick and crunchy, resembling the texture of freshly cooked baguette. The underside, which had less char than other New Haven pizzerias, was crispy and held firm during lift-off. The clams were sweet, tender and moist, and could be independently satisfying as an appetizer. The complete package makes Zuppardi’s Apizza fresh white clam pizza one of the best in world.

To wash down your meal, consider the locally produced Foxon Park soda. We gravitate towards the birch or root beer which is made with real sugar, instead of corn syrup found in the mass-produced beverage companies. For dessert, be sure to try the locally made Italian ices.

Lastly, Zuppardi’s has a freezer of single-serving frozen pies to enjoy at home. What a great idea! It is a far superior option to preservative-laden options found at the supermarket.

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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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