Help this New Haven area transplant find good pizza here in RI
My husband and I both grew up outside of New Haven, we were raised on Pepes, Modern, Bobby and Dees...we have lived in RI for almost 10 years and have never found pizza we like that comes anywhere near close to home. We live in Portsmouth and usually end up orderingCarmelas and complaining that if we want good pizza we have to drive to CT...does anyone know of anything close to New Haven around here????????
lol. I've lived in RI my entire life and it wasn't until the past 2 years or so I have found my *favorite* pizza places in this state. There are certain tastes and style I look for and now have places I regularly go to but I'm not going to bother recommending them because I'm sure my style/taste preference is different than yours.
i'm a pizza snob like most of you on here... But really, my advice.. how about finding something you DO like in RI instead of trying to replicate "New Haven" style pizza? RI does NOT have a style. There are different ones throughout the state. I can't figure out why anyone would torture themselves ordering "Carmela's" if they don't like it..(I"ve never had it) but what's the point if it it leaves you feeling angry and disappointed afterward like bad sex? LOL
Everyone has said on these boards over and over that you just don't find "New Haven Pizza" in anywhere BUT New Haven. There is a goofy little place in North Providence that calls itself "New Haven" pizza, but I remember reading that the few posters that love New Haven Pizza and tried it for kicks... were highly disappointed.
The short answer, as far as I can tell, is no. You won't find anything even remotely like New Haven Pizza in RI. It makes me as sad to say as it as you are to hear it, but I've not found anything.
The slightly longer answer is that I'm a broken record about how underrated Via Via is. Although their crust needs another few dashes of salt, it's the only pizza that I've found in RI baked at a high enough temperature to achieve the elusive crisp-chewy balance, as it's made in a wood fired oven.
A quick google search found a blogger that sampled lots of Providence pizza and agreed with my conclusion, plus some decent pics: http://thepizzareview.blogspot.com/20...
Best of luck, and if you find anything approaching New Haven Apizza in RI, please let us know.
(Side note: I have not had good luck with the aspirationally-named New Haven Apizza in North prov.)