The red potato pizza at the Willington Pizza House
had been recommended to me when I first moved to Connecticut six years ago. Only today did I finally get around to trying it, on the way home from antiquing in Putnam.
Here's the only photo I took of the place's interior, but it should be enough to communicate the vibe:
They opened in 1978, and moved in 1981 to their current location, and boy, don't they look it? I doubt they have any intention of changing a thing, situated where they are in rural Connecticut, and that's just fine with me.
I'll let their menu speak for the pizza:
National award-winning pizza, first place for the most exotic pizza of the year. A plain crust with sour cream, sliced red potatoes, sharp cheddar cheese, chives and your choice of bacon, broccoli or both.
I have two coworkers who are from the Quiet Corner; both had tried the pizza and given it a thumbs-up. I ordered the small size, with both bacon and broccoli, and added jalapenos.
I admit to being turned off by the topping distribution - c'mon, folks, you can do a better job than that, even on a small pie. Other than that, it looked great.
The potatoes and sour cream were hidden under the cheese.
It was, as you see, a thicker, pan-style crust - we're not in New Haven, folks!
After the description on the menu, I was expecting greatness, and I got it. The slipshod toppings belied the fact that the pizza was actually quite well-constructed, holding together nicely as I ate it, potato slices, sour cream, and all. Everything combined to supply the same flavors as a loaded baked potato, but with the bonuses of pizza crust and a pizza form factor - which is to say, exactly what you'd want from a pizza like this.
Now, as to how this ranks with, say, the mashed
potato pizza from BAR, or whether this is as much of a draw as New Haven pizzerias in general... well, I don't think those are terribly fair or worthwhile questions. Like Colony Grill, this is its own thing, and worth trying at least once.
post edited by Ketteract - 2018/06/03 18:49:36