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Aug 8, 2010 05:45 PM

Connecticut Pizza

Hey PizzaHounds.........loving CT Pizza......saw this review of some pizza spots incl the usual New Haven joints......tell me which ones outside of New Haven you think are worth the ride......I am always up for a pizza run if its really worth it !!

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  1. I grew up on Modern and I absolutely love it. The family will also go to Pepe's in a pinch but I personally like Modern better...favorites include bacon on red, clams casino, tomato/basil on white, eggplant on red. Some of these they don't even have at Pepe's.

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    1. re: melpy

      Little City Pizza in Simsbury is worth a drive, in my opinion. They also have a pretty darn good cupcake, too!

      In New Haven, I love the Mashed Potato pizza at Bar.

      Little City Pizza
      926 Hopmeadow St Ste 1, Simsbury, CT 06070

      1. re: Tinkerbelldee

        bar does a very nice white clam pie too.

        I have to admit, as far as Modern goes, count me a hater.

        Being New Haven born and bred, I don't eat pizza out of town as a rule, not if it is a choice between pizza and seafood, or pizza and bbq, or pizza and anything, really. I eat pizza elsewhere if I am with people who are really excited about eating pizza elsewhere. I don't want to be a spoilsport. But living in the Elm City, it's kinda pizza Mecca, so I get my pizza fix here.

        And yeah, I've tried pizza in Chicago (meh) and pizza in NY @ some place called John's that did the brick oven thing that everyone was all fired up about and that was pretty darn good. But I can get damn fine pizza here and often do, so I don't crave it elsewhere. Which means I'm not much help in this thread, not for responding to the original posters question.

        But, but, but, while we are on the subject of fine pies in New Haven, has anyone tried the white pie with thin-sliced potatoes and rosemary at Sally's? Swoooon!

        1. re: Pipenta

          I want to live vicariously through you. I'm from Hamden but. at my age, it's doubtful I'll ever get back there to try these dishes myself. Please tell me about the mashed potato pizza and the clam pie while I drool all over my keyboard.

          1. re: mucho gordo

            The mashed potato pizza is thin crust pizza and instead of sauce they use a potato puree. It has a thin consistancy. They top it with cheese (mozz & cheddar I think) and top it with bacon. So unbelievably delicious.

            1. re: jessicheese

              I can believe it; It does sound fantastic.

        2. re: Tinkerbelldee

          I just learned about New Haven pizza from my husband who is born & raised in Derby. I have quickly become obsessed and we now have to go there every time we visit his family. Modern was my first introduction and I absolutely adore it. We then went to BAR, which was very good, but I liked Modern better. I do have to say that the mashed potato pizza at BAR is in my "best thing I ever ate" category.
          It's the bacon that makes me obsessed with NH pizza, too. The way it cooks on the pizza and gets all chewy... there's nothing like it anywhere else on the planet.

          1. re: Tinkerbelldee

            Ditto Little City Pizza - really great, especially with New Haven an hour away!

            Little City Pizza
            926 Hopmeadow St Ste 1, Simsbury, CT 06070

        3. Like melpy, I find Modern to be the best, leave pepe's and sally's for the touristas. Outside New Haven? Roseland in Derby, Tolli's in East Haven, and Verona in Southington

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          1. re: BiscuitBoy

            Biscuit, Anybody else make the Clam pie that Frank Pepe has???

            1. re: ospreycove

              You know, I don't personally care for the clam pie, and I know lotsa folks go to pepe's just for that...My dining companions have compared roseland's clam to pepe, but I cannot confirm, sorry!

              1. re: ospreycove

                You can get the same clam pie as Pepe's at Modern.

                1. re: melpy

                  Modern serves lemon on their white clam pie. ???? Nowhere near Pepes. Last two times at Modern,, crust was blackened on the edge and soggy in the middle. Not impressed.

                  1. re: jenni49

                    We just had our first "abeets" experience at Modern and while i loved the pepperoni, the white clam didn't do it for me. It was rather bland and the canned clams (which I enjoy in general) got very rubbery from the high heat of the oven. Lemon wedges were unnecessary and although we quickly removed them, their seeping juice made the center of the pizza (where they were placed) a bit soggy. Will go back again and again for the pepperoni though.

                  2. re: melpy

                    You most certainly cannot get the same clam pie as Pepe's at Modern. Pepe's uses fresh clams and Modern uses canned. There is no comparison. Modern is better with anything in the red apizza category but definitely not the white clam.

                  3. re: ospreycove

                    I second the Roseland endorsement; and while I am remiss in not having had a Pepe's clam pie, I can vouch for the Roseland clam pie. It's very nice, made with fresh whole clams and lots of garlic. (If you don't like garlic, you can request little or none, of course.)

                    1. re: ospreycove

                      Other places do a clam pie using fresh clams, but since the ovens and the dough are different, they are not the "same."

                      I happen to like first and last tavern's white clam pie-in hartford

                  4. My area faves:

                    Naples Pizza - Farmington
                    Little City Pizza - Simsbury (love the cupcakes too!)
                    Pizzeria Marzano - Torrington

                    Little City Pizza
                    926 Hopmeadow St Ste 1, Simsbury, CT 06070

                    Naples Pizza
                    838 Farmington Ave, Farmington, CT 06032

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                    1. re: Meesch70

                      Can attest to Naples in Farmington. From NJ/NY originally...when I moved to CT, didn't find great pizza. Naples is as close as I've come in the immediate area. New Haven a bit far just for pizza. Will try Manchester (pepe's) next. Can also vouch for Olee's in Farmington, too.

                      1. re: njmarshall55

                        Never heard of Olee's, what style is it?

                        1. re: ratbuddy

                          Thin to styles, all I know is NY and chicago. It's definitely NOT Chicago. (That's not pizza...that's a casserole). Actually it's run by a bunch of guys from Turkey, but they do a decent pie. Along with grinders, salads, wraps, fried items...

                    2. Modern in New Haven is the best in my book. Pepe's in New Haven or at Mohegan Sun is great too - I love the traditional white clam pie. I live in Stratford where Salerno's makes the best pie within town limits. When I'm in Ridgefield, I like the Indian pizzas that they make at Toozy Pasta and Piccolo's ( they are owned by the same people). They make 2 different "Indian" pizzas - the "Korma Pizza" and the Ravi Shankar". We have had the Korma Pizza a couple of times and it's great! A friend recomended it to us.

                      1. Definitely worth the ride in Central CT is Napoli in Meriden. Here's a post from last year of a pizza we had:

                        I've gotta be their biggest calzone fan, having loved them for so many years...but with dough, cheese and sauce as great as this, it's hard to lose no matter what shape their dough takes.

                        Napoli Pizza
                        311 W Main St Ste 1, Meriden, CT 06451

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                          1. re: junescook

                            Thanks for catching me--that was a misfire. Corrected now. ;) Napoli all the way!

                            1. re: kattyeyes

                              Can you get bacon on the suburban?!!