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Carminuccio's

76 South Main St., Newtown, CT - (203) 364-1133
Posted By Michael Stern on March 29, 2008 7:58 PM
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 breads of the day arranged in a case. It’s a beautiful sight. Carminuccio’s makes not only its own very wonderful Italian bread for submarine sandwiches (the steak and cheese is grand!), but also stuffed breads: 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. Each pie is made to order; 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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Posted By June McAllister on October 23, 2013 2:39 PM
Carminuccio's needs a more recent review and here it is! The pizza is still delicious in 2013! We spent the day hiking in nearby Paugussett State Forest and were tired, sore and hungry. We were not disappointed. We all loved it! My eggplant slice was huge and had a nice thin crust just the way I like it. The young lady behind the cash register was a little overwhelmed and needed a better system for taking orders and taking payment but we didn't have to wait long at all. We all loved our pizza and will eat there again if we are near Newtown again.
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Posted By Anthony Maurizio on January 10, 2011 2:41 PM
Carminuccio's is one of the finest pizza establishments I have ever been to. The thin crust, delicious cheese which drips from said crisp crust, and whatever toppings you pile on make for the definitive pizza experience. I usually get myself a small red pie loaded with the fresh butterflied shrimp, or a small red with the amazing crumbled sausage.

The chicken grinder on the menu known as "The Marko" is another favorite of mine. Strips of tender, breaded white-meat chicken encompassed by cheese, mayo, and fresh shredded lettuce is simply heaven in a bun. I drive 40 minutes to eat here, and it is unquestionably well worth it.
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Posted By Alan Morringiello on July 22, 2008 6:55 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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