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Alternative New Haven Pizza

I'm planning a road trip with my girlfriend that takes us through New Haven. I've experienced the joy of Pepe's before, but she hasn't, so naturally I was going to take her. However, it looks like we won't have the time to wait on line for hours.

So here's my question: where can we find the best New Haven pizza that won't keep us in line this Saturday around noon?

We're coming from New York, so we're not just looking for good pizza, we're looking for specifically New Haven-style good pizza (whatever that is).

Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. Right next door to Pepe's is The Spot, also owned by Pepe's (and their original location).

    When the line is long at Pepe's, for some odd reason it's usually a very short one at The Spot. The quality is indistinguishable between the two.

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    1. re: rbailin

      It looks like The Spot doesn't open until 4pm on Saturdays. Does that mean Pepe's might not be so crowded then? How about Sally's

    2. I've never had a wait at The Modern.

      For that matter, I have relatively good luck with Pepe's itself, although I tend to show up at 3pm on Saturdays.

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      1. re: kaszeta

        got a small cheese to go from modern last week and was kinda bummed.but ate there 3 weeks ago and it was amazing,eat there for sure!!

      2. If you are coming from New York, don't go as far as New Haven, stop in Milford at Papa's Pizza. It is definitely Wooster Street New haven quality without the terrible wait and expense.
        I am born and raised in New Haven, swear by Sally's (hate Pepe's), but do 90% of my pizza eating at Papa's
        The link following is for their new location near Milford Hospital. I prefer the original on Naugatuck Ave, BUT it only has outside seating at picnic tables or takeout.

        www.papaspizzaonline.com
        2005 Bridgeport Ave, Milford - (203) 283-5433

        1. BAR on Crown St. is another option. Good pies, brew and drinks, IMO.

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          1. re: ShogunCT

            Ditto to BAR, great New Haven Pizza, the Potato, Bacon and Onion pie is GREAT>

          2. Check Pepe's - you may not have much of a wait. Modern you should get in quick. Pick one of those two.

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            1. re: Jestner

              Agreed, Pepe's isn't bad if you get there early. There's Sally's as well, and Modern. Those are the three that are the classic New Haven pie. Bar is OK but not the classic.
              itadakimasu.