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White Clam Pizza

marilees Nov 30, 2013 11:01 PM

It's been a while since this has come up, so I was wondering if there are any updates on where to get a good white clam pizza in Boston. I know about Pepe's if i I go a bit farther out, and prior posts mentioned Mangia, Scampo, and Sweet Tomatoes in Newton. Anything else? Thanks!

  1. MichaelB Dec 8, 2013 08:48 PM

    I believe there's one on the menu at Locale in the North End. I haven't tried it, but their other pizzas are fantastic. Neapolitan style, not New Haven style, but very likely worth trying.

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      fleenshop Dec 2, 2013 10:39 AM

      I used to get one at Figs on Charles St., Beacon Hill, but that was years ago. Their pies in general got pretty uneven at some point, and as I'd also moved further away, I stopped going. But I liked it a lot back then - maybe someone with more recent experience can say how it is now?

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        chuck s Dec 2, 2013 08:23 AM

        The Pepe's in Manchester CT is about 1 1/2 away. Exit 64 off of I 84.

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          Trumpetguy Dec 2, 2013 09:15 AM

          You like as much as original locale?

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            9lives Dec 3, 2013 06:54 AM


            Been a few years but I thought the Manchester was every bit as good as the NH original, lacked the charm and wait but pizza was awesome.

            I' ve liked Coppa' version too but it wasn't offered when I was there last.

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              CportJ Dec 3, 2013 09:40 AM

              That's good to hear. The Serious Eats folks liked the Yonkers location, but I didn't think the Mohegan Sun location was nearly as good.

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          cambridgedoctpr Dec 1, 2013 05:55 PM

          i had a credible version at Coppa though the menu changes regularly. call and ask.

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            Bellachefa Dec 1, 2013 10:06 AM

            I just ate a leftover slice of lobster pizza from scampo - $27 now, but still a treat. Considered their clam - maybe next visit.

            Seems every time we are driving thru New Haven and hungry and call Pepe's they are out of clams! One of these days.

            1. Luther Dec 1, 2013 05:42 AM

              Area 4 usually has one

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                CportJ Dec 2, 2013 11:51 AM

                I think the Area 4 clam pizza is excellent. It's on the regular menu. I just had great pizza in New Haven (Modern), and I think Area 4 compares well.

                Zuppardi's in West Haven is supposed to be the best, with fresh clams.

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                  skordalia Dec 2, 2013 03:52 PM

                  Yes area 4's is good and the fresh clam pie at zuppardi's is the best I ever had.

                  Woody's in the Fenway also makes a good clam pizza. Not like new haven but solid. A generally underrated place.

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                    Bellachefa Dec 2, 2013 03:54 PM

                    Woody's by symphony hall?

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                      skordalia Dec 2, 2013 03:58 PM


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                        Bellachefa Dec 2, 2013 04:18 PM

                        Can I order a small or is it one of those joints that the large just stands up better? I'll be in the area later this week.

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                          Bellachefa Dec 7, 2013 08:21 PM

                          I went to Woody's tonight and ordered a small white clam pizza. I HATED it. Might just be me, or an off night, but ate 1/2 a slice, asked for a box and threw the rest of the pie out after I left.

                          1. re: Bellachefa
                            bear Dec 8, 2013 08:59 AM

                            What didn't you like? Too clammy? The clam taste can be a bit overwhelming at times. My son and I enjoyed Area Four's version quite a bit, but another person in the group didn't enjoy it at all. You definitely knew there were clams on that pizza!

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                              Bellachefa Dec 8, 2013 07:33 PM

                              The chopped clams had a stale frozen canned taste to me, not a fresh briny taste. The choice of cheese was gloppy and heavy - maybe provolone? The bacon was limp and undercooked. The crust was ok. So crust covered with too much mediocre cheese and sprinkled with subpar chopped clams and raw bacon. Nothing else.

                              I guess when I think white clam pizza, I'm craving a more nuanced layering of flavors, starting with some kind of light white seafood cream sauce, freshly shucked chopped clams, some herbs or spinach, and a light hand of finely grated cheese.

                              I'm sure it wouldn't be a featured pie, if customers didn't order it and like it. I think even if the ingredients were superior, I still wouldn't have liked the style.

                              I will try Lydia Shire's and see how she interprets a clam pizza next.

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