Re: Apizza: Better Than Italy
I've had New Haven style pizza twice or least that's what the restaurant claimed to make.
- Piece in Chicago (twice). Looked great, but actually got worse as we ate it. Just average pizza. Have no desire to return.
- Tomatoes Apizza in Farmington Hills, MI. This pizza I really liked and was cooked in a coal oven so I felt it must be closer to the real deal. It also was named one of the best in the country by one national publication. I even got to have a red pizza which is a New Haven thing. I've been to Tomatoes 3-4 times and every time it was excellent. They have a second location which does not have a coal oven and was not as good.
I kick myself for the one time I was in Connecticut (in Hartford for a concert in 2002) I didn't make any attempt at going for New Haven pizza but I'm sure I was aware of it. I had to drive to Scranton the next day for another concert before returning to Hartford on the third day to fly home. Gotta love America and our 10 days off bull****. I probably could only take a couple days off work back then. At least today I am self-employed and can take off unlimited days. Just need the money too! I did make a special stop after the concert for at least one east coast stlye pizza (as we call them) in tiny Oliphant PA. I gleefully ate a 14" pizza in my car right as they closed and it was great.
I cannot wait to try all of the great pizza joints of New Haven in the future. While I'm proud of my Chicago tavern style thin and deep dish favorites (screw you Stuffed Pizza), I welcome all styles with open arms around the country. I do not expect any to eclipse what I already love about our local pizza, I can definitely see them being equally as amazing. Take Buddy's Pizza of Detroit. I had wanted to try it for ages and finally got the chance in 2017 on my first trip to Detroit. I loved it immediately. It was everything I expected it to be. Turns out I would be having Buddy's a lot more in the last two years because we ended up buying rental properties in the area and I had Buddy's many times along with other famous Detroit style stalwarts Cloverleaf, Shields, Niki's, and Loui's. I can honestly say all were great. Detroit's square pizza is very similar to Chicago deep dish as well.