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Nov 30, 2013 11:01 PM

White Clam Pizza

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!

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    1. re: Luther

      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.

      1. re: CportJ

        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.

            1. re: skordalia

              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.

              1. re: Bellachefa

                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

                  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!

                  1. re: bear

                    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.

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

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

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          1. re: chuck s

            You like as much as original locale?

            1. re: Trumpetguy


              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.

              1. re: 9lives

                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.

          2. 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?