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Re:Connecticut Pizza 2014/07/13 00:13:13 (permalink)
That apizza from Sally's is beautiful.  Do you have a preference......Pepe's, Sally's or Zuppardi's????  We wanted to get to Zuppardi's but alas, ran out of time.
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Re:Connecticut Pizza 2014/07/13 06:14:35 (permalink)
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That apizza from Sally's is beautiful.  Do you have a preference......Pepe's, Sally's or Zuppardi's????  We wanted to get to Zuppardi's but alas, ran out of time.


Well, I've only been to the Frank Pepe in Manchester, not New Haven, so I feel like I can't include them in ratings yet.  Between Sally's and Zuppardi's... I give the edge to Zuppardi's for quality of sausage, and to Sally's for everything else.  So far.  As with my grinder comparisons, there are many more types of pizza that I need to sample at each place - and in the meantime, I still need to visit BAR!


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Re:Connecticut Pizza 2014/10/05 08:04:00 (permalink)
I imbibed a little last night, and some pizza sounded really good.  But what I wanted was something I hadn't found since moving here - a big floppy NY-style slice that you fold when you eat.
 
I found it at Angelina's Pizza in West Hartford!
 

 
They advertise themselves as having "the biggest slices in Connecticut".  Seemed like a good choice after two bottles of Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot (11.1%) and two gin-and-tonics. 
 
Their single slice is perforated into two slices (yeah, doesn't make sense to me either, but oh well) and amounts to a quarter of a pizza. It was the first true floppy NY-style slice I've found since coming here, and it was good!  Maybe a bit undercooked.  They had the requisite shakers of cheese, pepper, and oregano, too.  I guessing this is as well as I'll do for this style without trekking down to NYC, although I'm told there's a good place in Groton as well.
 
Of note: they don't advertise as "NY style" at all, but that is undoubtedly what they are.  And in my experience, places that say that, even up here in the Northeast, are usually lying.
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Re:Connecticut Pizza 2014/10/05 14:10:24 (permalink)
How'd it taste? The crust looks a bit anemic.
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Re:Connecticut Pizza 2014/10/06 15:02:15 (permalink)
I know the crust doesn't look too impressive but it was actually quite flavorful and had a dusting of cornmeal.  The sauce was on the sweeter side, but not cloyingly sweet, and the cheese was nice and thin and melded perfectly with the sauce, the way it's supposed to.  All in all a great example of the style, I think!
 
And since this is now a general CT pizza thread here's something I'd never had before coming here - "Greek style":
 



 
 
My coworkers got these from George's Pizza House in Hartford.  It's an oily pan crust, vaguely like Pizza Hut but way, way better.  That second one is Buffalo chicken - and it's the very first Buffalo chicken pizza that I've ever enjoyed.  I had previously been convinced that the whole concept was a mistake.  
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Re: Connecticut Pizza 2014/10/25 13:31:14 (permalink)
Some friends came from out of town to visit, and I decided to do lunch at Frank Pepe in New Haven!
 
Half bacon and onion, half sausage and peppers.  The bacon and onion was phenomenal.  Somehow they've made it taste different than any b&o I've ever had.
 

 
Close-up:
 

 
A whole clove of garlic somehow made it in there - not that I was complaining!
 

 
And a proper beverage to wash everything down (best ginger ale I've ever had, other than Vernor's)...
 

 
 
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Re: Connecticut Pizza 2014/10/25 13:35:35 (permalink)
That's a lousy thing to do to a guy from New Haven who lives 600 miles away.
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Re: Connecticut Pizza 2014/10/25 13:44:11 (permalink)
So think up an excuse for a visit! 
 
I wish I ate seafood - otherwise I'd be all over their clam pie, I'm sure.
 
I'm told they also have a summer tomato pie that's fantastic, but I'll have to wait a while for that!
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Re: Connecticut Pizza 2014/10/25 14:21:12 (permalink)
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So think up an excuse for a visit! 
 
I wish I ate seafood - otherwise I'd be all over their clam pie, I'm sure.
 
I'm told they also have a summer tomato pie that's fantastic, but I'll have to wait a while for that!


I was there in June.
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Re: Connecticut Pizza 2014/10/25 18:12:35 (permalink)
So come back again! And again, and again.
 
My only problem is that I know New Haven has many fine non-pizza restaurants, but if I'm making the drive I feel obligated to do pizza.  I guess I just need to remember that I live in the freaking state, and New Haven's always going to be there, so I can take my time.  Someone mentioned Vito's in my grinder thread...
 
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Re: Connecticut Pizza 2014/10/25 18:34:19 (permalink)
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I (we) would love to go back again and again and again and I'd still get the same apizza at Pepe's........the white clam!  Over and over and over........
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Re: Connecticut Pizza 2014/12/13 14:53:49 (permalink)
Lunched today at Zuppardi's!  
 
Birch beer instead of ginger ale for once:
 

 
A beautiful pie - half sausage and peppers (not the roasted ones), half bacon and onion:
 

 
Some close-ups of their signature topping.  Best sausage pizza in CT that I've had so far, above even the New Haven big three:
 

 

 
Their bacon and onion is good, but not as good as Pepe's.  If there's one thing I've learned trying so many different grinders and pizzerias here, it's that there's no single "best" place - everyone does different things better.
 

 
I murdered this medium pie.  I wanted to get the roasted peppers, but they were a "specialty topping" and a touch expensive for a pizza that I was having all to myself.  Those toppings also included escarole and beans; now that I know what that dish actually is, I'm intrigued by the idea of it on a pizza!
 

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Re: Connecticut Pizza 2014/12/13 20:58:03 (permalink)
Beautiful apizza!  I'm hoping that we'll return to CT this summer, and if we do, Zuppardi's is definitely going to be a stop.  But AFTER my clam pie at Pepe's!!  CT apizza ROCKS!
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Re: Connecticut Pizza 2014/12/13 22:54:57 (permalink)
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Fennel is your friend.
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Re: Connecticut Pizza 2014/12/14 07:27:10 (permalink)
Love the fennel!
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Re: Connecticut Pizza 2014/12/14 07:37:24 (permalink)
Ketteract,maybe it's the photo, but your last picture above,with the three slices..looks like a very dry pie,,,,it looks more like a pie from(ugh) Domino's. JUst the photo?
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Re: Connecticut Pizza 2014/12/14 08:42:38 (permalink)
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Ketteract,maybe it's the photo, but your last picture above,with the three slices..looks like a very dry pie,,,,it looks more like a pie from(ugh) Domino's. JUst the photo?



Well, that's the very end of the meal, after the pizza and I had both been sitting there for a while getting to know each other.  So yes, it would have lost some moisture during that time.  
 
I can't say enough good things about Zuppardi's sausage.  It's spectacular, and I'm curious about whether that has anything to do with it being ground instead of sliced.  I've had some truly exceptional Polish and Italian sausages in link form since moving here, but at the pizzerias I've been to, all sliced sausage has so far been inferior to what I had yesterday.  
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Re: Connecticut Pizza 2014/12/14 13:37:26 (permalink)
Than you would like Milwaukee's pizza Ketteract. We use bulk sausage like you pictured. I never even heard of sliced sausage on a pizza til I went east this summer. But different regions, different styles.
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Re: Connecticut Pizza 2014/12/14 14:30:36 (permalink)
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Than you would like Milwaukee's pizza Ketteract. We use bulk sausage like you pictured. I never even heard of sliced sausage on a pizza til I went east this summer. But different regions, different styles.




I'm sure I would!  I'm from Iowa originally, and I grew up knowing the finely-ground sausage of the Quad-Cities style (Harris, Frank's, etc).  Happy Joe's, while not the same style, also has a distinctive ground sausage.  
 
I've seen pictures of certain pizzerias in Wisconsin and I'd love to try them too.
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Re: Connecticut Pizza 2014/12/14 20:45:37 (permalink)
Ketteract, Go EAST, my friend.Go EAST!..Get thyself to somewhere in Providence and beyond and try a Linguica Pizza. Whether sliced or crumbled, the garlicky goodness will make you eschew all other meats on a pie. And if you are fortunate to be in Fall River or hereabouts and find a place that serves Chourico (Not CHORIZO!), you will have reached Nirvana.
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Re: Connecticut Pizza 2014/12/14 20:56:28 (permalink)
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Ketteract, Go EAST, my friend.Go EAST!..Get thyself to somewhere in Providence and beyond and try a Linguica Pizza. 



 
Dated a girl from Taunton MA years back. Enjoyed accompanying her to her home town and having that wonderful linguica pizza. When it ended I sure missed that pizza.
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Re: Connecticut Pizza 2014/12/14 23:16:55 (permalink)
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Ketteract, Go EAST, my friend.Go EAST!..Get thyself to somewhere in Providence and beyond and try a Linguica Pizza. 



 
Dated a girl from Taunton MA years back. Enjoyed accompanying her to her home town and having that wonderful linguica pizza. When it ended I sure missed that pizza.


Dear Gawd.hope it wasn't the same girl I dated!......but I will share the pizza with you!
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Re: Connecticut Pizza 2014/12/23 14:04:03 (permalink)
A vendor spent $400 on lunch for us today - we got some pizza from Vito's By the Park, in Hartford.
 
Stuffed meat pizza - meatballs, sausage, pepperoni, bacon.
 

 
Veggie, and what I thought was stuffed veggie but there's also sausage in it.
 

 
Pretty good overall, even if they do advertise their stuffed pizza as "Chicago-style" which it most definitely isn't!
 
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Re: Connecticut Pizza 2015/01/05 22:20:47 (permalink)
Zuppardi's definitely has a mind blowing sausage pizza!

If you're looking for something closer to Hartford, check out Vero in Plainville. It's the best I've found in the area.
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Re: Connecticut Pizza 2015/01/06 15:59:55 (permalink)
We're going back to CT this summer.  We will definitely go to Zuppardi's for a sausage pizza.  Until then I will have to be content with this memory of a lovely clam pie at Pepe's.

 
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Re: Connecticut Pizza 2015/01/06 16:39:52 (permalink)
leechef, I don't known if you and the Mr. like it spicy, but the homemade sausage and sliced hot cherry pepper pizza at Zuppardi's Apizza still haunts my dreams!

 
And their clam pie was pretty good too.

 
The gang, post-meal at the October 2014 RF New England Meet-Up.  Many of us had bought frozen apizza to take home, which was pretty good in its own right.

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Re: Connecticut Pizza 2015/01/06 17:11:08 (permalink)
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Oh yes, we like/love spicy food.  Sausage/hot cherry pepper at Zupardi's is on the list for this summer!!!!
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Re: Connecticut Pizza 2015/01/06 17:16:38 (permalink)
Don't know if you'd be up for some dining company but I'd love to join you both for some apizza when you are back East!
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Re: Connecticut Pizza 2015/01/06 17:21:32 (permalink)
The last big New Haven place I've yet to hit is BAR.  Thinking about going there this weekend for the mashed potato pizza, which it seems is what you're supposed to get there.  But I'll probably do half-and-half as usual - anyone have any other topping recommendations for that place?
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Re: Connecticut Pizza 2015/01/06 19:19:37 (permalink)
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Don't know if you'd be up for some dining company but I'd love to join you both for some apizza when you are back East!


ABSOLUTELY!!!!  We'll let you know when we get closer to June!  Looking forward to meeting the infamous or maybe FAMOUS billyboy!!!! 
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