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My thoughts on New Haven pizza -
(Although there's plenty of pizza places in New Haven, I usually narrow them down to the top 3)
Rule #1 - Get there as early as you can, or be prepared to wait in line outside.
Frank Pepe's Pizzeria Napoletana
(The man himself)
Long regarded as one of the best New Haven pizzas and one of the oldest pizzerias in the country, in recent years things have changed for the worse. Pepe's opened a separate holding company and franchised out, so you can now find Pepe's locations elsewhere in the state. The pizza pretty much sucks at these non-original locations, by original Pepe's standards. By any other pizza standards it's average. Fairly bland. Knowing this, I figured the original New Haven spot (aka "The Spot) probably hasn't lost the magic, but when I recently had pizza there, it was awful. Very little sauce, and what sauce was there was bland, dough-y crust....very disappointing. Reminded me of the franchise locations' pizza. This was sort of a sad day for me, because I grew up on Pepe's pizza and always loved it. You may be able to still get a good pie, but it might be a roll of the dice. If you want the sure thing though......
Sally's and Pepe's are literally right down the street from each other, and there's always been a rivalry between fans of each pizza place. In fact, Sally's was opened by Frank Pepe's own nephew back in the 30's. Having also had Sally's pizza recently, I'm happy to say that the magic is still there....delicious pizza. If you want the best "New Haven pizza" experience, go here. It's awesome.
No matter which one you go to on Wooster Street, be sure to stop in Libby's Italian Pastry Shop afterwards for something. Awesome cannoils & Italian Ice.
Although Modern Pizza is on State Street in New Haven, they crank out some really good pizza as well. I'd say they're right up there with Sally's.
Enough pizza talk.
A couple pics -
Lake Housatonic, Derby/Seymour/Oxford CT. My usual stomping ground. Always doing the late night booze cruise thing. If you ever hear a vuvuzela around here, it's probably me.
East Twin Lakes, Salisbury CT. Amazingly clear water. Awesome fishing. Go there, rent a boat from O'Hara's Landing for $50 for the day, and catch tons of fish. Going there tomorrow.
Connecticut ain't all that bad if you escape the concrete jungles and explore.