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Ok New Haven Hounds, tell me about the good pizza in New Haven that is NOT Sally's, Pepe's, Modern or Bar...

Scotty100 Jan 8, 2011 06:40 PM

Step up to the plate New Haven hounds and let's get back to the roots of chowhound...enough debating on the char and thickness of crust etc etc with the big 2 and I'm well acquainted with #3 and #4...what about the other excellent pie joints that are just as good up there in the "pizza capital of the world" that fly under the radar and don't get any coverage on here...? C'mon, let's get a thread going on some of the better neighborhood joints that never get mentioned. Thank you!

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    awm922 RE: Scotty100 Jan 9, 2011 02:57 AM

    a couple of places is Alfano's in Morris Cove. Haven't been there in a long time, but they made a fantastic pizza. I specifically remember a Clams Casino Pizza that was excellent. The other place is a few minutes out of New Haven over in West Haven, Zuppardi's. Little hole in the wall in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Great place for pizza and clams on the half shell.

    1. BiscuitBoy RE: Scotty100 Jan 10, 2011 06:44 AM

      Sounds familiar....anyway....Tolli's in East Haven, Zuppardi's West Haven, and Olde World on the Hamden/North haven line (take out only, but worth eating in the car, let me tell you!)

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        ElsieB RE: BiscuitBoy Jan 13, 2011 09:49 AM

        A second for Old World (corner of Skiff and Whitney)! we're lucky enough to live nearby - the eggplant pizza is excellent.

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        LorenV RE: Scotty100 Jan 10, 2011 08:10 AM


        Easy and greasy like Colony in Stamford but before or after a show at Toad's this place hits the pizza buttons for sure.

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          Ima Foodie RE: Scotty100 Jan 10, 2011 09:30 AM

          recently tried Roseland in Derby and LOVED it. Will also gove a X2 to the Zuppardi's suggestion though I think Roseland is better.

          1. bagelman01 RE: Scotty100 Jan 10, 2011 12:15 PM

            Ernie's on Whalley Avenue in Westville, is Wooster Street like, but heavier on the mozzarella. Since I only order with gratede cheese this is not a problem for me.

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              mels RE: bagelman01 Jan 11, 2011 11:33 AM

              I used to love Ernie's and frequented often when I lived in New Haven. I haven't been there in 5 years or so. Nothing like a pizza and pitcher of beer to hit the spot.

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              mmalmad RE: Scotty100 Jan 11, 2011 07:30 AM

              In addition to Tollis and Zuppardi' I like Nica's on Orange St New Haven, and you can stock up on nice fruits and veggies meats and prepared foods etc. Take out only, they do have outside seating.

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                The Other Bill RE: Scotty100 Jan 16, 2011 07:21 AM

                Tried Old World Apizza last night on the good reviews here. It was quite good. Thin crust pizza done right. Just enough burned crust that it didn't get in the way of the taste of the pizza. I got a sausage pie; wife got a white pizza with eggplant and sliced tomatoes. Can't wait to snarf the leftovers! We'll be returning soon.

                Olde World Apizza
                1957 Whitney Ave, North Haven, CT 06473

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                  BarneyFou RE: Scotty100 Jan 21, 2011 08:22 PM

                  We went to Zuppardi's last night and we were not impressed. The crust while having good flavor was too thick. The cheese was too oily and garlic scooped from a jar doesn't cut it. What ever happened to freshly chopped garlic? Just not our type of pizza, but the place was full.

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                    Allesandro RE: Scotty100 Jan 21, 2012 07:37 PM

                    I'm a year late to the party answering this, and my answer is a bit east of New Haven, but this pizza ranks with the best New Haven has to offer: Alforno in Old Saybrook. While I live in Madison, I drive past New Haven twice a day, and occasionally stop at Pepe's to remind me it compares. But my pizza heart belongs to Alforno. Great crust, same as that used in their great bread and foccaccio, and great because of its multi-day fermentation (like Pepe's). And they're all about high quality ingredients. For an initiation, I recommend a small plain tomato and cheese pie; ask for it well done -- the extra caramelization adds a wonderful layer of flavor. The white Bianca Romano, with caramelized onions and European bacon is fabulous, and even better as reheated leftovers. If they're serving their special Pamigiana pie, don't miss it! It's a white pie with tomatoes, cheese, and flash-fried eggplant, and it's one of the best. And the wild mushroom! Those are just my personal favorites, but their pizzas are truly outstanding pies in the "Wooster Street tradition." At the very least, I would put put them ahead of Modern among the top 3 for pizza in Connecticut. Beyond the pizza, by the way, it's an excellent trattoria with top-quality and often unusual entrees in the Tuscan tradition, among them house-made pastas, a killer osso buco, sauces with wild boar, zucchini blossoms in season, and of course their amazing bread. When my nephew, a NYC-bred food snob and chef comes to visit, he always insists on a first stop for an Alforno pizza. He also really likes the pizza at Madison's Red Tomato Pizza; and says of the incredible goodness of pizza here: it must be the water in Connecticut!

                    Alforno Ristorante and Brick Oven Pizzeria
                    1654 Boston Post Rd, Old Saybrook, CT 06475

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                      stormshadow RE: Allesandro Jan 22, 2012 05:43 AM

                      Tolli's in East Haven has some truly worthy gourmet pies--try to the shrimp florentine--it has a nice zesty lemon flavor to it as well. Abate's pizza on either Wooster street or in North Branford has excellent Wooster street style pie, on par with the other big names as well.
                      Also, John and Maria's in East Haven (I think) is also stellar.

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                        kattyeyes RE: Allesandro Jan 22, 2012 07:00 AM

                        YESSS! I totally love Alforno. They do Connecticut proud with their pizza--and their bread!

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                          few RE: Allesandro Jan 22, 2012 04:24 PM

                          Ditto on Alforno's - only beef with them is their service - it ranges all over the place - but mostly adequate to inattentive

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                            kattyeyes RE: few Jan 22, 2012 06:00 PM

                            I must be lucky. I felt like a total VIP last time we went. Our waiter was very attentive.

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                          johnpops1 RE: Scotty100 Jan 23, 2012 05:09 AM

                          Our go to place is Mike's Apizza in West Haven. My wife can't get enough of the white pie with Broccoli Rabe.

                          1. Shoreliner RE: Scotty100 Jan 24, 2012 12:23 PM

                            Marco's in Branford - excellent - I always get a garlic, broccoli, bacon white pizza.

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                              Stylo RE: Scotty100 Feb 6, 2012 10:42 PM

                              Jimmy's Apizza in Milford is very good.

                              I really like Kitchen Zinc in New Haven, but it's not even close to New Haven-style

                              Wasn't impressed by Zuppardi's.

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                                orlo RE: Scotty100 Feb 7, 2012 12:17 PM

                                Dayton St. Apizza, near Westville, just off Whalley Ave. is also good. A couple of tables inside, a little bit more built for take-out.

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                                  Frenchfryfiend RE: Scotty100 Feb 9, 2012 05:27 PM

                                  I grew up going to Zuppardi's and I still love it. Dayton Street in west haven is good as well as their other location, First Street in Seymour. Lorenzo's in West Haven has a great arugula pizza.

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                                    chrissy1988 RE: Frenchfryfiend Feb 11, 2012 01:36 PM

                                    Yorkside Pizza--They even have Hershey's Ice cream but in all honesty you should go to Yorkside and walk a few doors down to Ashley's for ice cream afterward!

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                                    The Lorax RE: Scotty100 Mar 17, 2012 01:44 PM

                                    I gotta second the Dayton St. Apizza, under the radar, hole-in-the-wall, tasty, loyal clientele, Dedicated pizza makers. Plus they bottle their own sauce.

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