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My first New Haven pizza: Modern Apizza

May 20, 2010
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Your pizza ain't burnt. That'sa tha'way New Haven does apizza.

Not unlike Philly and it’s trademark cheese steaks; I learned pretty quickly that New Haven has no shortage of places for their trademark “apizza.”

Just about everyone here in New Haven has a different joint to point you to – but the holy trinity of legend for New Haven’s pizza scene are the originals: Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana on Wooster, Sally’s Apizza on Wooster, and Modern Apizza on State Street. It used to be Pepe’s vs. Sally’s… but Modern has snuck it’s way into the conversation through the years.

And apparently, choosing one or the other is like choosing good or evil. Leno or CoCo. Pepsi or Coke. The Stones or The Beatles. Sox or the Yanks. Cats or dogs… Mass. hysteria.

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New Haven likes to eat out

May 19, 2010
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Anybody catch this SOUNDOFF post on NHRegister.com last week?

We asked readers a simple request- to name their favorite restaurant. And they did, in droves. 134 responses popped up on that page.

But that’s not the part that astounds me, I knew there were plenty of great places to eat your heart out here in New Haven. What astounds me is how few of these places were actually repeated in those comments.

I nerded out and tallied through every single comment only to find just about every reader gave a shout out to a different place throughout the greater New Haven area. I expected to see a long list of Pepe’s vs. Sally’s. But what I got was variety. In taste, and in options. Again- not surprised by the variety itself; but it’s fascinating to see how proud New Haveners are of their treasured little eateries, and that everyone has a different one.

So if you want a place to go out to eat tonight, why not just take a look at that Soundoff post and pick something new or at random? I’d be shocked if anyone had been to every one of those places.

The best responses though?

“My mother’s house in Hamden got them all beat. The prices are fantastic. “
“The vending machine in the New Haven Register first floor. It’s top notch. “

Vote in NH Register’s ‘Best of Elm City’

May 17, 2010
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Convenient. I show up and the New Haven Register decides to hold their first “Best of” readers’ poll.

So what you waiting for? Go vote for your favorite things in the Elm City so other new to New Haven folks know where to go. Voting ends May 26, and every ballot counts – in print or online.

And for voting, you could win a “luxurious night out” on the Register, with limo service from Connecticut Limo, dinner for 2 at the winning “finest restaurant” and 2 VIP seats at Joker’s Wild Comedy Club.


Where to get that first New Haven pizza?

May 15, 2010
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New York style can screw itself. This is New Haven style.

So New Haven has, like, all these great places for pizza. That’s what everyone keeps telling me. And I’m all for that.

But, where do I start? Where does my first bite into your savory east coast crust HAVE to be?

I’m leaning towards Frank Pepe‘s, but still- I’d like to see if anyone out there feels the need to contend with something else.

Let’s talk etiquette too. Do I say “mootz” if I want mozzarella? Wikipedia says that’s how we New Haven natives say it.  Don’t worry, I won’t make fun of it. In Philly, we don’t say “cheese” either. We say “whiz.”

Gonna grab a bite this weekend, so I’ll post pics and text about the experience later on.


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