Connecticut Dining October 11, 2018
The Results Have Been Tallied And Here Are The 9 Best Pizzas In Connecticut
In Connecticut, we love our pizza and we know it’s great. The Daily Meal just put together their list of the
101 best pizzas in the entire country for 2018 and it’s no surprise that our small state claimed nine solid spots.
Not only did we have nine of the most delicious pizzas in the U.S., but Connecticut also ranked third in the total number of pies on the list behind New York and California and just ahead of New Jersey. We grabbed even more bragging rights by snagging the title of the very best in the country. Let’s take a look at these pies that put the Nutmeg State on the pizza map.
1. White Clam, Frank Pepe Pizzeria, New Haven
Are we surprised that Frank Pepe's Pizzeria which has been the heart of Little Italy since 1925 was ranked number one in the nation for their white clam pie? The flavor sings through with a wonderful combination of littleneck clams, plenty of garlic, olive oil, oregano, and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano on their signature charred crust. On any given day you'll find a line out the door at lunchtime waiting for these crave-worthy pies. Find the original Frank Pepe's Pizzeria at 157 Wooster St., New Haven, CT 06511.
2. Tomato Pie, Sally's Apizza, New Haven
The Tomato Pie at Sally's Apizza ranked number 12 in the U.S. This joint has been firing pizzas on Wooster Street since the 1930s and locals still debate between Sally's and Pepe's with fierce loyalty to their favorite spots. Visit Sally's Apizza at 237 Wooster St., New Haven, CT 06511.
3. Italian Bomb, Modern Apizza, New Haven
Modern Apizza grabbed the number 13 spot in the country with its Italian Bomb. Overloaded with bacon, sausage, pepperoni, garlic, mushroom, onion, and pepper this topping heavy pie packs tons of flavor into every bite. Find Modern Apizza at 874 State St., New Haven, CT 06511.
4. Hot Oil Pie, Colony Grill, Stamford
Order the Hot Oil Bar Pie with Sausage at this place that's been serving customers since 1935. Savor the chili pepper infused oil that adds an unexpected bite to the pie. A thin crust and the unexpected tang pairs well with a frosty beer. Find the Colony Grill at 172 Myrtle Ave., Stamford, CT 06902.
5. Plain Pie, Ernie's Pizzeria, New Haven
This spot has been around a short 45 years compared to some it's older more recognizable counterparts. Don't overlook this underrated spot because the plain mozzarella pie is downright delicious. Visit Ernie's Pizzeria at 1279 Whalley Ave., New Haven, CT 06515.
6. Special, Zuppardi's Apizza, West Haven
Zuppardi's Apizza was first a bakery and then converted into a pizzeria in the 1940s. Try their flavorful Special pie either at their restaurant or off their food truck. The Special is mozzarella, mushroom, sausage, and marinara loaded onto a thin crispy crust. Visit Zuppardi's Apizza at 179 Union Ave., West Haven, CT 06516.
7. Plain Pie, Roseland Apizza, Derby
Roseland Apizza may not be as famous as many of the others but this joint has been slinging dough since 1935. Dive into a plain tomato pie no cheese to taste the flavor that has been wowing customers for decades. Find Roseland Apizza at 350 Hawthorne Ave., Derby, CT 06418.
8. Mashed Potato and Bacon, Bru Room at Bar, New Haven
This trendy New Haven spot has a pizza that stands out from the others in town. Loaded with creamy mashed potatoes, bacon, garlic, and thick béchamel, this pizza has no room for sauce and the locals love it that way. Try this iconic pie in the Bru Room at Bar located at 254 Crown St., New Haven, CT 06511.
9. Blue Skies, Coalhouse Pizza, Stamford
Simple is better at this popular spot in Stamford. Don't bog down this perfectly crunchy crust with loads of toppings. The Blue Skies is the perfect combination of tomato sauce, mozzarella, aged Parmesan, and basil. Visit Coalhouse Pizza at 85 High Ridge Rd., Stamford, CT 06905.
There you have it, folks. Were you surprised by the best pizzas in Connecticut? To read the full article and see what criteria were used to determine the results, click
here. What pizza would you add to the list? You can learn more about the number one ranked Frank Pepe Pizzeria here.