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  • mgce Dec 30, 2009 10:07 AM
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Hi guys,

3 years ago I drove through Connecticut on the way home from a New England road trip. I stopped at a great and noted pizza place whose name and town I simply cannot remember. I'll be driving through CT again tomorrow and would love to visit again. Can you help me identify it?

Here's what I remember (it's vague, so this'll be a challenge):

- It's *not* in New Haven.
- I believe it was a short driving distance west of New Haven (30 minutes)? I don't remember if I was going down I-95 or one of the parallel parkways.
- It's in the outskirts of its town, i.e. definitely not an urban area.
- The pizza was excellent. I know good pizza and this was good pizza.
- I believe it had only opened recently, but was staffed by some known folks from the New Haven pizza scene.
- It was tiny. More of a takeout place than a restaurant. There might have been one small table. I got my pie to go.
- There was a small (5 spaces?) parking lot in front of the shop, right off the road.
-I found it from some "great pizza in CT" ranking on some news site that I can't remember.

I've also attached a picture before I consumed it in my car.

So, does this ring any bells?

 
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  1. Ugh. In case anyone misses that super-tiny thumbnail at the bottom, here's another link to the picture:

    http://i.imgur.com/1w0xn.jpg

    1. I think you are looking for Zuppardi's in West Haven. CT. They are on Union Ave, in an area that is more residential than urban and the pizza looks like it could be theirs. Good luck!

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      1. re: yogiinct

        Hi yogiinct,

        Thanks for the suggestion. I looked at some pictures and it's definitely not Zuppardi's:

        - The location of the mystery place is much more rural.
        - It's not close to the ocean like Zuppardi's. It's definitely north of Interstate 95.
        - The Zuppardi's parking lot is on the side. The mystery place's lot is in the front, between it and the road.

        But thanks for the tip. I'll consider Zuppardi's if I can't figure this one out.

        1. re: mgce

          I am racking my brain and can't come up with a place that fits that full description. Now I'm totally intrigued! You'll have to share if you remember the name...

          1. re: mgce

            OK mgce, here's my guess. If I'm correct, I hope I was in time for your trip.

            Pizza Di Roma at 28 Brown St, West Haven, CT

            I've attached a picture, compliments of Google Maps Street View

             
            1. re: PerryM

              Thanks for the guess, PerryM. But that's not it. If it wasn't for my picture I'd think I hallucinated the place. It's just not coming up on any radar.

              I've been scouring CT pizza directories endlessly with no success. My last hope is that I still have the directions shoved into some compartment in my car. I'll update you guys if I find anything.

            2. re: mgce

              Could you have been in the Cheshire area. north of Hamden about 30mins from 95. Rossini's in Cheshire has killer pies that look similar, however they have been there for a long time......

          2. Olde World Apizza in North Haven on Whitney Ave just about a half mile off the Wilbur Cross Parkway exit 61 meets almost all of your criteria with the possible "not urban area"
            reference being the exception. It is in a mixed commercial/residential area on the outskirts on North Haven with Hamden right across the street.

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            1. re: Scargoe

              welcome back!

            2. was it the Fairfield outpost of Frank Pepe's?

              1. Maybe First St. Apizza in Seymour (off Rt. 8)...I believe the same guys that opened Dayton St. in Westville a few years ago, and formerly worked in one of the New Haven spots (I think Modern?). Check this link for pics:

                http://maps.google.com/maps?q=first%2...

                And if you can narrow down the towns a bit more, I'm sure us CT pizza fans could be of more help :)...plus I'm really curious now!!!!

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                1. re: bagelman01

                  lol...I have a feeling I may take you up on one of those offers. though, can you believe, I spent a whole week in North Haven, and not ONE PIZZA??!!! We gorged on good old-fashioned Italian holiday food this time. It will be a month before my return :).

                  1. re: solargarlic

                    as long as the supplies came from Liuzzi's, and baked goods from, Libby's or Luicibello's, bread from Apicella's or Venice, I could go a holiday week without Apizza.

                    After all, Shrimp, crab, lobster, merluzzo, monkfish, clams and mussels on the 24th, in good red sauce, what could be bad??????????????????????

                    The joy of being in greater in New Haven, where even an ordinary neighborhood joint like Sorrento's beats the panys off any Pizza place in the Merrimack valley.

                    And if you need an evening out in North Haven, my old standby-D'Errico's

                    1. re: bagelman01

                      Never tried D'Errico's...will have to put it on the list.

                      And yes, of course, all the supplies from Liuzzi's, homemade pasta and anginettes....enough fish to last the year.

                      LOL at the thought of Sorrento's beating the pants off of Merrimack Valley pizza...though it was pretty good up until the 90's or so.

                      We should probably stop hijacking this thread now ;).

                      1. re: solargarlic

                        Don't bother putting D'Errico's on your list. It's been gone for at least a couple of years. It was good, but all good things come to an end.

                        1. re: Scargoe

                          Scargoe-thanks, I moved from Hamden to Trumbull 5 years ago and it was always a favorite

                2. My first though when you said non-urban was Roseland in Derby but it's been there for years and is not tiny, so that is throwing me off. I also agree with Solargarlic because I also thought of Dayton Street, but you said not New Haven, and since 1st Street is their sister, that may be it. Perhaps this Roadfood link will help since they post several pictures. This is fun! I'm curious too. And it looks great--the burn reminds me of a 'Modern' pizza but we know it isn't there.

                  http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurants/S...

                  1. Could it have been Carminuccio's in Newtown? They have very good pizza.

                    http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Re...

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                    1. re: Jimmy Cantiello

                      Same link I just posted above, but the pizza looks different--not as much char as his :-)

                      1. re: cheereeo

                        Yes, you're right. I noticed that the pizzas in the photos had less char but I've been to Carminuccio's (I live in Monroe) and they put out pies with some serious char...most of the time.

                        1. re: Jimmy Cantiello

                          What a fun thread.... this reminds me, years ago, maybe 10, I was visiting NYC with my Dad who lives in CT. We had driven into the city to see a cousins art gallery opening, afternoon recpetion type thing. It turned into a torrential rain storm the likes of which I had never seen and have not see since! We made it out of the city around 6, thinking we'd stop for dinner on the way home, well the Henry hudson was under 5 feet of water, we got off as soon as we could (several hours!) and meandered our way home. We stopped for pizza at a place that sounds very much like this, it was the best pizza I have ever tasted, I chalked it up to the starvation that was settling in by then but your post brough back such a fond memory of the place. I am going to ask him the name.