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Does any place serve a clam and garlic pizza?

myclawyer Apr 28, 2008 09:43 AM

There's a small restaurant chain in the SF Bay area called Amici's that serves up some delicious NY style pizza. One of the specialty pies is called Manhattan Red Clam. It comes with lots of clams and crushed garlic. The sauce is excellent. It was one of the most delicious combos on a pizza I've eve had. I'm wonding if any of the outer borough joints has this on the menu.


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    quentinC Apr 28, 2008 10:12 AM

    The classic white clam pizza is up in New Haven CT-- When I have a craving, I go to Fornino's in Williamsburg-- not transcendent, but very very good- wood burning oven and fresh ingredients--

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      myclawyer Apr 28, 2008 10:27 AM

      Yes. As MelissaC1 stated, that's New Haven style. Amici's sells one of those too. I'm looking for the red clam pizza, not the white.

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        missmasala Apr 28, 2008 11:37 AM

        I don't believe any of the great brooklyn pizzerias (difara's. totonnos, lucalis etc) have it. is there something fundamentally different about a red clam pie or is it just that the pie has tomato sauce? is there cheese, too?

        if it's not fundamentally different, perhaps your best bet may be to go to someplace like fornino's and ask them to add tomato sauce (and maybe cheese, and garlic if it isn't already on there) to your white clam pie.

        does franny's do a clam pie?

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          myclawyer Apr 28, 2008 12:08 PM

          It looks like a regular NY pizza, red sauce and cheese, with flecks of green (maybe fresh oregano or basil) and then covered with crushed garlic and small clams. There's no white sauce. My brother lives out there and has it all the time. I'll see if he can get a photo for us. It really is delicious.

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            missmasala Apr 28, 2008 12:32 PM

            there's no white sauce on a white clam pizza either. AFAIK, it's just clams, garlic,oregano,sometimes parsley, and a sprinkling of pecorino. That's why i think if you went to a place that serves clam pies (like fornino's) and asked for a clam pie with tomato sauce and cheese, you might get a close approximation to what you want.

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              missmasala Apr 28, 2008 04:43 PM

              okay, was just in Marco Polo to Go on court street in carroll gardens, brooklyn. They have really good pizza cooked in a wood-burning oven and i almost live there as my kids are addicted to the pizza and the people running the place are so nice (tho the pizza maker only speaks italian--i love practicing my very poor italian with him)
              anyway, they list a clam pie that comes with cheese, garlic, parsley, and clams. You could try that one and ask for tomato sauce as well. At worst, it should be a good pizza that isn't exactly what you are looking for.
              You could try describing what you want to them. they are very very accomodating.

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            Silverjay Apr 29, 2008 08:16 AM

            The Fornino clam pie is made with tiny in-the-shell Manila clams. It's not particularly good and it's a pain to eat.

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        MelissaC1 Apr 28, 2008 10:13 AM

        Thats not NY style, that is New Haven style. Pepe's (the best, but like an hour wait), Sally's and Modern all made excellent clam pie.

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          Brklynbobby Apr 6, 2009 09:12 AM

          If you go to Pepe's on Saturday for lunch around noon, you will not wait but five minutes. Try the sausage pie as well as the clam. Oh yeah, the bacon pie is excellent too. That's another thing they don't do here.

        2. NYJewboy Apr 28, 2008 11:08 AM

          Yeah, even I (a hopeless NY-centric pizza geek) have never heard of this except as a New Haven thing. I bet it exists here, but probably it is better up there.

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            quentinC Apr 28, 2008 11:57 AM

            Glad to hear- I thought I was alone in never hearing of this "NY Style" pizza-- I'd love to try it if anyone finds it....

          2. Miss Needle Apr 28, 2008 12:34 PM

            Not in the Outer Boroughs, but Lombardis serves clam pizza.

            1. thievery Apr 28, 2008 02:46 PM

              also not outer borough, but you can prob get a facsimile made for you at arturo's on houston. clams are an optional topping you can put on a regular pizza, as well as the more common garlic.

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                psnative Apr 28, 2008 04:36 PM

                Franny's on Flatbush Avenue has a clam and garlic pie and it is outrageous. Oops sorry it is white.

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                  brooklynbrownie Apr 29, 2008 05:27 PM

                  I've had the clam pie at Franny's. Maybe they'd be willing to do it red for you...?

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                scooter Apr 28, 2008 04:57 PM

                Casa Calimari on 18th Ave. in Bath Beach serves a "red" clam pie. Being a big fan of the New Haven style, I found it very odd at first, and eventually it grew on me to the extent of "it's ok."

                It turns out this place is NOT related to its namesake in Bay Ridge


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                  jakeyd Apr 28, 2008 04:59 PM

                  Lombardi's makes a clam pie.

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                    JFores Apr 28, 2008 05:04 PM

                    I wonder if Dom at Di Fara would be willing to clams onto his garlic pie so long as you brought them yourself. Might be worth a try and it would be amazing.

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                      jen kalb Apr 28, 2008 06:02 PM

                      he makes good spaghetti with clams - no reason he couldnt put the clams on a pie.

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                        JFores Apr 29, 2008 04:18 AM

                        Yeah, you'd just have to try it on an off hour

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                      dkriese Apr 28, 2008 05:12 PM

                      Best Clam Pizza is in Staten Island -

                      Road House
                      1400 Clove Rd, Staten Island, NY 10301

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                        TBird Apr 30, 2008 06:49 PM

                        liked, didn't love, the clam pie at franny's. i should try that one again.

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                        mtnbear Apr 3, 2009 03:32 PM

                        Pizza My Heart in Santa Cruz serves an amazing clam and garlic pie

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                          martyl9 Apr 5, 2009 08:19 AM

                          Torrey Lodge in Port Chester serves a white claim pizza

                          1. Angelina Apr 5, 2009 08:53 AM

                            Denino's in Staten Island and Aberdeen makes a GREAT white clam pie.


                            1. chefjellynow Apr 5, 2009 01:01 PM

                              The Clinton in Whitestone does a wonderful red clam pie...love it
                              its a regular nothing special red sauce joint but the pizza's are pretty good and the red clam rocks

                              9-17 Clintonville St, Whitestone, NY 11357

                              1. bigmackdaddy Apr 5, 2009 01:24 PM

                                Pizza Plus on 7th Ave by 12th street (?) might do it.

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                                  StatenEats Apr 7, 2009 06:06 PM

                                  Lee's Tavern in Staten Island makes an amazing clam pie, red or white (or half red, half white, if you can't decide). I never ask for garlic, and it always tastes garlicky to me. I'm sure they'll put crushed garlic on it if you ask. Lee's is across the parking lot from the Dongan Hills station of the Staten Island Railroad. An old neighborhood institution.

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                                    Flaco Apr 8, 2009 11:14 AM

                                    Joe and Pats on Victory as well... very good clam pie.

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