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The Stamford Pizza Tour guys have recently weighed in on a number of venerable Stamford pizza places, including Colony and Pellicci's:

http://www.stamfordpizzatour.com/

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  1. Wow they just saved me the trouble of doing all the research myself! Think I might walk over and grab a Remo's pie for lunch....

    1. jfood just read a few of their reviews and these guys are spot on.

      And if they are reading thios thread, nice job guys, keep up the good work. Nothing better thaneating good pizza, and nothing worse than having to keep going on a bad one to get a review written.

      1. Stopped by Remo's on Sunday for lunch. Disappointed with the pizza though, an oblong shaped thing and as far as taste....well, I'm not happy. The crust is OK...but it's not "pizza". It's something else. Ingredients are good enough (good sauce, good fresh mozz) but people should remember that "brick oven" doesn't necessarily impart flavor.

        I think I'm a pizza snob but I need a nice white/off white crust that has some black patches to it. Not uniformly yellow. Oh well.

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        1. re: BAFU

          Remo's is well below-average - much better options around this area.

          1. re: Scotty100

            Yeah I found that out the hard way. According to the SPT guys though it was good...oh well. How about a suggestion from you then? A REAL slice/pie? Like Pepe's makes...that nice doughy white crispy crust with a slight burnt taste....yumm...any ideas? Oh yeah: I am a big fan of "American" pizza aka Sal's so no worries there.

            1. re: BAFU

              BAFU - lots of threads on best pizza in the area. I haven't tried anything in Stamford that I like. However, that doesn't mean none exists. But when I saw that list and saw that Remos was one of the highest rated it made me question the rest of the ratings. But each to his own. I have never tried colony so maybe it is the best in the town - lots on here rate it highly.

              For me, I have enjoyed the pie at strada 18 in norwalk and at pasta vera in greenwhich (smaller pie best for lunch). Tarry Lodge in Port Chester also does a good neopolitan style. Great toppings.

              Other than that I don't waste time and usually head to Pepe's in fairfield or up to new haven for all the other options. One final place to check out is Al Antica in Scarsdale, which has a superb range of thin crust pies. But that may be too out of the way for you.

              1. re: Scotty100

                Totally agree, esp. Remo's. Just ordinary. Pepes, TL, Al Antica all great, but not in these guys' perview.

                Do try Colony, Scotty. it's like none other I've ever tasted. The move is to go in non prime-time hours, no wait for tables, service or pizza. And parking is a snap ( btw, Colony doesn't travel. The vaporized heat inside the box softens the crisp crust, which is key to the Colony experience.) The sausage from the Italian sausage maker right across the street is really tasty and fresh.

                Since The Pizza Tour includes Liz Sue for slices.. they should put G/r/a/n/d on their list for the raw tuna pizza with w wasabi cream. Very dear... 16 bucks for 4 squares...but delish counterpointed with a Kettle Up or a beer... (which may lure these guys in)

                What the SPT is doing is a fun premise. But like you, I don't agree with some of their findings.

                1. re: Scotty100

                  Thanks Scotty. Tried All'antica and was not impressed. Strada: never been, must try. Pasta Vera: their pasta is good, never knew/forgot they made pizza. Tarry Lodge: saw that on Sat night on my way to BSF, will try that too.

                  Thansk again...but at the 'mo looks like I will need to drive to exit 25 for my 'za fix these days. Much obliged for the info though!

                  1. re: BAFU

                    Lou - I will try colony soon. Been on my list for a while now. Where/what is G/r/a/n/d?

                    BAFU - what happened with Al Antica? I've been twice and both times superb slices fresh from the oven. Quirky toppings which I usually avoid but worked well. The big plus was their crust which I thought excellent.

                    I'm back on the pizza hunt once more. Finally tried Una Pizza Napoletana in the east village at the weekend. Great margherita pie. AT 21 bucks though not sure it was worth the hype. To tell you the truth I still think I prefer Pepe's!

                    1. re: Scotty100

                      Scotty: here's my "review" of All'Antica...http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/542278

                      Yes, I am a pizza snob. Sorry, but 40 years of being in Italy every summer has made me v v picky when it comes to pizza. Looks like Pepe's is the best so far for me. Don't get me wrong: I adore Sal's for what it is.

                      Just wish I could find "pizza" like I get in Italy closer to home that's all. Oh well, exit 25 here I come.

                      1. re: BAFU

                        BAFU: Sorry to hear Al Antica didn't cut it for you. Maybe I've been lucky the times I've been there. The pies were coming fresh out the oven.
                        Have you tried Una Pizza Napoletana in the city? Attention to authenticity is Anthony Mangieri's calling card. If you haven't, give it a go. It may just take you back to the old country!

                        http://www.unapizza.com/

                        1. re: Scotty100

                          Grazie mille! Shall have to try Una next time I'm in NYC. Looks good. And CH does another service to the food-obsessed!

                      2. re: Scotty100

                        G/r/a/n/d is a restaurant and nightclub on Bank St. right off the T in Stamford, right next to Duo. You'll think you're in the City not the burbs.

                        It's a 180 from hot oil and sausage at Colony.... replete with Japanese wasabi ,pickled ginger, scallions, miso vinaigrette on more of a flatbread than crust. Technically, not really the pizza of your youth, but really really good app.

                    2. re: Scotty100

                      Jfood agrees to try Colony. And just for full disclosure jfood did not like his Pepes in fairfield pie at all. You should try Strada 18 in Norwalk (great pie), and believe it or not Match has a great pie as well (jfood thinks its the best thing on the menu). Then if you want cracker go to Fat Cat Pie Co across from Meigas in the Wall Street area.

                    3. re: BAFU

                      Hey Bafu, this is Dan, one of the three founding members of the Stamford Pizza Tour. The way our pizza rating works is that we judge the different aspects of the pizza like sauce, cheese, crust, toppings etc. The categories are weighted differently, and what made Remos go to the top was its good ingredients. As far as how "good" a pizza is, that rating falls under hits the spot, in which Remos is in 11th place. Thought you would like to know.

                      1. re: pizzalvr

                        Dan: thanks a lot for your hard work with the SPT. I'll admit that I went to Remo's partly out of convenience (just around the corner from me) and partly out of curiosity. Your guide is great for details and humor. Forewarned is forearmed in my case.

                        I'm going to have to try Strada 18 in Norwalk now that jfood rates it so high. Dinner anyone?

                        1. re: BAFU

                          Thanks for the pat on the back. Just as a head's up, when jfood tried the guanciale he found it a bit salty. Here is a post from dec 2008 from jfood and pizza:

                          Jfood's recos for pizza in the area:

                          1 - Aforementioned Colony. Please give it another chance. Jfood cannot fathom the comparison with Ellios. :-((
                          2 - Letizia - polar opposite of Colony, very messy pie but very good
                          3 - Fat Cat - cracker crust. jfood likes a lot as well
                          4 - Strada 18 in SONO - good for lunch and very hard at dinner as they do not take resos
                          http://www.culinarymenus.com/restaura...
                          5 - In New Canaan, jfood really likes the bacon and tomato pie at Joe's Pizza behind the firehouse. Reminds jfood of the same bacon that Sally's uses in new haven.
                          6 - Here's an outlier - The pizza at Match in SONO is also very good. Jfood enjoys the pizza better than any of the entrees.

                2. Someone I trust very much tells me about a place in Westport that makes THE best pizza he's had since his days growing up in the Bronx. I have forgotten the name, but I do remember it's kinda close to Zapata's. Anyone shed some light?

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                  1. re: CTburgerlover

                    Julian's has a location just across the street from Viva Zapata. Great pizza and definitely NY style, though personally I wouldn't call it the best I ever had

                  2. the pizza at tarry lodge is well worth the short drive over the greenwich line into port chester. i like to sit at the marble bar and take my time with their pizza margherita. very authentic.

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                    1. re: steve h.

                      I have heard great things about the pizza at Tarry Lodge, and have to get there soon. I heard about a pizza with an egg on it? Anyway, I do prefer Colony but now that I live in the Fairfield area cannot say that there is much here for great pizza. Beverly is pretty good and well Pepe's isn't bad. Has anyone heard anything about Colony opening another restaurant in Fairfield where the old Stationary store was?

                      1. re: lvtocook888

                        The pizzas at Tarry Lodge are pretty good. The guanciale, black truffles and sunny side egg pizza is way over the top: it's fun, filling and needs to be tried at least once with a close friend. Dive into it the moment it is served since both flavor and texture change a bit when the pie cools.

                    2. Another to try is Lincoln Lounge in Mt. Vernon. Very thin but not crackery.

                      Also, this is a bit far out of the way, but someone brought a sausage pie from Louie & Ernie's in the Bronx and I thought the crust was excellent.

                      1. The pizza (for very thin) at Southport Pizza Is #1, give it a try when your in town on a nice day. But for all you "Stamford" pizza lovers, how can you leave out Marios on Highridge road? Their pizza is awesome and bye the way, the chicken parm. wedge is the best.
                        try it!

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                        1. re: temilove

                          Mario gave up a long time ago. Dough, sauce, cheese are pretty lame. Pity, they were pretty good back in the day.

                          1. re: steve h.

                            p.s.
                            My understanding is that the pizza guys called ahead and didn't pay for many of their pies. That is, they were comped.
                            If true, this is a non-starter for me. No cred whatsoever.

                            1. re: steve h.

                              Jfood's w Steve H. A nothing special yawn on the pizza and the CP was OK.

                              Much better pizza in STM and if you want a Chicken Parm go to Giovanni's on North, totally different league.

                              1. re: jfood

                                Haven't been to Giovanni's in well over a year. Time to renew some old foody friendships.

                                1. re: steve h.

                                  jfood was a big fan of the eggplant parm on pasta with extra red gravy.

                                  1. re: jfood

                                    meatballs in red sauce.

                                    1. re: steve h.

                                      just finished a harvest supper burger. very good but not great.

                                      1. re: jfood

                                        veggie burger?
                                        ...mercy.

                                        1. re: steve h.

                                          oy vay, no way. a burger from harvest supper in nc

                                          1. re: jfood

                                            what made it good?

                                            1. re: steve h.

                                              chef is from that place in STM. Wagyu meat, perfectly cooked but the toppings were not well balanced. he also had a McD special type big mac sauce that overwhelmed the flavor. and the meat did not have the depth of flavor as the other $24 burger. for $19 and lineage jfood was hoping for more.

                                              1. re: jfood

                                                $19 can be a lot for a burger.
                                                There are some decent places here in Fairfield County. I trend toward the simpler places/bars that offer a bit of character but I'm always willing to spend more. Always willing to learn more, too.
                                                "Great" is an overused adjective. Words should have meaning. To paraphrase Syndrome in The Incredibles, "When everything is special, then nothing is."

                          2. I loved this Stanford pizza tour and will have to try some of these myself. Recently saw Patch did one in New Canaan:

                            http://newcanaan.patch.com/articles/s...

                            I wish someone would do this for us in Westport.