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The 5 Must-Visit New Haven Pizzerias

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There is pizza, and then there is apizza. New Haven-style pizza is the latter; a hotter, crispier, and dirtier descendant of the Neapolitan-style pie, complete with its own pizza lexicon, like “mootz,” and signature pies. In 2014, Eater restaurant editor Bill Addison embarked on a road trip to New Haven, Connecticut (about 85 miles north of New York City and 138 miles south of Boston) to discover a regional pizza style that’s rich in history and flavors. (He also ate 11 pizzas during one day, in the name of journalism.)

Here are his findings, in handy map form:

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Modern Apizza

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874 State St
New Haven, CT
(203) 776-5306
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With the title of “friendliest” and heftiest pizza joint, Modern Apizza has an 80-year history and an adherence to tradition. Modern’s open flame brick oven cranks out charred, chewy, and substantial pizzas. Its signature pie, known as the “Italian Bomb,” is a monster with seven toppings: sausage, bacon, pepperoni, onion, mushrooms, garlic, and sparse cheese.

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254 Crown St
New Haven, CT
(203) 495-8924
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As a pub, a club at night, and a pizza hub for the hipster 20-something collegiate community, Bar serves pies that are notably different from their New Haven neighbors. The pies are super thin. Their shapes mirror the rectangular sheet pans. The brick oven burns natural gas, not coal or oil. Its signature pie, the mashed potato pie, is garlicky, light as air, and laced with aged cheese, herbs, and crispy bacon.

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3. Sally's Apizza

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237 Wooster St
New Haven, CT
(203) 624-5271
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Very little has changed at Sally’s since it first opened in 1938, and Sally’s tomato pie reigns supreme in the neighborhood. Its house-made tomato sauce and a proprietary blend of tomatoes keep the tradition of the original flavors of the pie. Another specialty is the Garden Special, a combination of tomato, mozzarella, zucchini, and basil.

Elizabeth Dorney

4. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana

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157 Wooster St
New Haven, CT
(203) 865-5762
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Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana is the granddaddy of New Haven’s pizza scene. The famous original white clam pie features clams, fresh garlic, olive oil, parsley, romano cheese, and intensely smoked bacon, which is similar to the clams, making it an excellent partner in crime on the pie.

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5. Zuppardi's Apizza

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179 Union Ave
West Haven, CT
(203) 934-1949
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Zuppardi’s clam pizza is on another level. The sweetness of fresh Little Necks mingling with parsley, dried herbs, and garlic is vibrant on the chewy, thick crust. A fresh tomato pie and a sausage pie are their classic orders that should not be ignored.

Bill Addison

1. Modern Apizza

874 State St, New Haven, CT
modern apizza Amy Kundrat

With the title of “friendliest” and heftiest pizza joint, Modern Apizza has an 80-year history and an adherence to tradition. Modern’s open flame brick oven cranks out charred, chewy, and substantial pizzas. Its signature pie, known as the “Italian Bomb,” is a monster with seven toppings: sausage, bacon, pepperoni, onion, mushrooms, garlic, and sparse cheese.

874 State St
New Haven, CT

2. Bar

254 Crown St, New Haven, CT
Amy Kundrat

As a pub, a club at night, and a pizza hub for the hipster 20-something collegiate community, Bar serves pies that are notably different from their New Haven neighbors. The pies are super thin. Their shapes mirror the rectangular sheet pans. The brick oven burns natural gas, not coal or oil. Its signature pie, the mashed potato pie, is garlicky, light as air, and laced with aged cheese, herbs, and crispy bacon.

254 Crown St
New Haven, CT

3. Sally's Apizza

237 Wooster St, New Haven, CT
Elizabeth Dorney

Very little has changed at Sally’s since it first opened in 1938, and Sally’s tomato pie reigns supreme in the neighborhood. Its house-made tomato sauce and a proprietary blend of tomatoes keep the tradition of the original flavors of the pie. Another specialty is the Garden Special, a combination of tomato, mozzarella, zucchini, and basil.

237 Wooster St
New Haven, CT

4. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana

157 Wooster St, New Haven, CT
Amy Kundrat

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana is the granddaddy of New Haven’s pizza scene. The famous original white clam pie features clams, fresh garlic, olive oil, parsley, romano cheese, and intensely smoked bacon, which is similar to the clams, making it an excellent partner in crime on the pie.

157 Wooster St
New Haven, CT

5. Zuppardi's Apizza

179 Union Ave, West Haven, CT
Bill Addison

Zuppardi’s clam pizza is on another level. The sweetness of fresh Little Necks mingling with parsley, dried herbs, and garlic is vibrant on the chewy, thick crust. A fresh tomato pie and a sausage pie are their classic orders that should not be ignored.

179 Union Ave
West Haven, CT

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