Nothing better to do on a long weekend. Decided to check out the lauded pizza scene in New Haven, CT. Google maps says 75 miles from Manhattan - piece of cake right? Ends up being a nightmare 3 hr drive ala LA to Newport Beach on a weekday rush hour pre-Covid .
Anyway first stop Frank Pepe. Ordered the classic clam pizza with bacon. A bit too charred on the edges. Center is soft like a Neapolitan style pizza. Legit fresh from shell clams! A touch dry, felt it was missing some moisture in the form of oil or more cheese. Check out the coal fired brick oven and the world record longest pizza paddle! Rated #1 on the Daily meal 101 best pizza in America. Wait was not too bad ~ 50mins.
Next stop Sally’s, got in line however it was a 3 hour wait! Ugh, had to pass. Seems like a lot of hardcore fans. A group ahead of me was on their annual pilgrimage to Sally’s. Note to self, seems legit and need to plan ahead in the future.
Final stop in New Haven. Modern Apizza. Seems like a thing in New Haven, the additional ‘A’ in pizza… anyone know why? Another old school brick oven, most likely coal fired too. The recommended pizza is the Italian bomb, it’s like a meat lovers pizza. Unfortunately I think due to the quantity of ingredients, crust came out a bit soggy and undercooked. I’d recommend doing a single/simpler topping combo. Lots of regulars and relatively short wait - 15mins.
Overall very good QPR, a 12” cost ~ $15. Something comparable in Manhattan, you’ll be paying ~$25.