Calzones in CT--where do you find the good ones?
My very favorite place for calzone is Napoli Pizza in Meriden (510 West Main St.). The ricotta is rich and creamy (not all are created equal, let's remember), their sauce is delicious and their dough is just right. And if I remember correctly, you can bring a bottle of wine.
It only took me 16 years (!) of eating at Napoli Pizza to decide to break away from their calzone (one of my all-time favorite things to eat) to try a pizza.
Went last night before heading over to the Hubbard Park lights and could smell seafood cooking at Napoli. Later found out they were making fish stock. In any case, I couldn't help thinking...hmmm, clams casino pizza. How good would that be?
They don't list it as such--it's a build-your-own pizza deal and I was more than happy to do so: clams, bacon, peppers, garlic et voila...this was easily one of the best pies I've ever had. Their dough is great, for starters, so it's really hard to ruin anything made with dough at Napoli. Pick your toppings and go nuts!
Don't forget to BYO...we had chianti. Had I known we would be having clams casino, I'd have brought a bottle of white...you know...a la Billy Joel...bottle of red, bottle of white...
I know there are many on this board who are diehard New Haven pizza lovers...and there's room in the world for us all...but I am happy as a clam to have Napoli in my backyard (sorta) where I can enjoy a clams casino pizza or kickass calzone any day of the week...no char, not too thick, not too thin...just right, thankyouverymuch. PEACE and GREAT PIZZA to all!
- clams casino pizza
- a close-up of this beautiful pie
- Peacocks - lights at Hubbard Park
- lighted swans on the pond at Hubbard Park
311 W Main St Ste 1, Meriden, CT 06451
Need an additional excuse to visit Meriden to try one of these fab calzones? I'm happy to tell you the Festival of Silver Lights (free) has begun at Hubbard Park, just up the road from Napoli. Whether you have kids or are just a kid at heart (as I am), there's nothing like a drive through the park at night as all the lights are twinklin' and a stop at Napoli for calzone before or after. I can't think of a better place to eat if you're in the area to see the lights.
Remember to bring your own wine! Maybe see you there! I'm already hungry!
Thank you Ms Katty for the spot-on recommendation of Napoli's of Meriden calzones! Wow!! Such unique texture unlike any calzone I've ever had, I've REALLY enjoyed them a couple of times already.
Despite some of the(removed) replies regarding Liuzzi cheese that were briefly in this thread, I have to say that the finished product at Napoli is indeed good. After being so pleasantly surprised with their calzone the first time, I attempted to ask the older gentleman there if they in fact used this ricotta to which he replied: "We use mozzarella in the calzone and on the grinders". ??...OK, I at least tried!
It didn't matter because after the first taste I knew whatever it was that this was a modest-meal food find which I wouldn't have otherwise found...so thanks!
I've had really good ones from Lena's in Hartford but sometimes the dough is a little underdone inside. They're still the best I've had...most places don't have the right ricotta/mozzarella ratios in my opinion.
I look forward to hearing of any good ones in Hartford beyond Lena's.
Yes, Virginia, you can bring a bottle of wine. They'll serve it in funny Christmas tree glasses, but who cares? Feast your eyes on my favorite calzone. God, I love this joint.
- meatball and mushroom calzone--sauce is served on the side
- sausage and mushroom pizza pop--kinda like a stromboli, you pick the fillings