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Pizza Crawl

Now, this journal entry is mostly intended for readers from Connecticut. If you're not from Connecticut, there's probably not going to be a lot here to interest you, so go and talk amongst yourselves.

A few posts back, I wondered whether or not I had any fans in New Haven. Turns out I do. Some of them spoke up in replies to that LJ entry, and others sent me email. Here's why I asked --

Next month Parris and I will be making our annual visit to Boston for Boskone (a great convention, I urge you all to attend). After the con, we'll be making our annual post-Boskone visit to New York City. We usually take the train down from Boston to NYC's Penn Station (soon to be renamed Moynihan Station, I hope, in honor of Parris's Uncle Pat), and that's what we plan to do this year... but this year, we're planning on getting off at New Haven on the way, to try out the pizza.

Some of you may have read my "What I'm Reading" page, and may remember my 2005 review of Ed Levine's book about pizza, A SLICE OF HEAVEN. If so, you'll know that I am a huge fan of classic NYC style thin crust pizza pie ("real pizza," I call it, and don't talk to me about that Chicago deep-dish tomato and bread casserole thing). Well, Levine's book claims that the best pizza in the world comes from New Haven. Since that time, I've also seen a special on the Food Channel that makes the same claim. Two specific places are mentioned -- Frank Pepe's and Sally's.

OK. Out here in New Mexico, I live thousands of miles from great pizza (some of the local pies are adequate, but that's all, and they don't even call 'em "pies," which is a dead clue that the pizza is going to be second rate). I can't stand the thought of riding right past what may be the best pizza places in the world without trying. Ergo...

You've all heard of pub crawls. Well, I'm up for a pizza crawl. I want to try BOTH of these famous pizza places, and see how their pie stacks up. And maybe some place called Modern too. I see from my webcrawling that there are some New Havenites who rate that one even higher than Sally's and Frank Pepe's.

So here's the plan. Parris and I leave leave Boston by train on Tuesday, February 20. It will only take us a few hours to New Haven. We'll check into a hotel, stay overnight, and check out a few slices before departing again for NYC on Wednesday, February 21.

If any of my Connecticut readers want to join us for a slice or three... hey, the more the merrier, I always say. Some local guides would be most welcome... and who knows? If the pizza is as good as advertised, I might even be convinced to make a few knights...

So speak up, New Haven! Who's game for a pizza crawl?


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Jan. 15th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
I'm game, and I don't even live in Connecticut, though I'm not far away here in New York. But I'm up for traveling to a pizza Nirvana.
Jan. 15th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
Santa Fe pizza really does, generally, leave a lot to be desired.
Jan. 15th, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC)
Yum! I'm in.
It's not everyday I eat pizza with a connoisseur! Let alone several pizzas...
Jan. 15th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
Don't forget to do something similar when you come to visit Spain!! :)
We'll be waiting for you.
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Jan. 15th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
Why do I have to live in California?! I hope whoever does go with you enjoys themselves. Of course, I hope you and Parris enjoy yourselves immensely as well!
Jan. 15th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
Damn, I live in Connecticut, but I'm on the opposite side. :(
Feb. 14th, 2007 12:22 am (UTC)
pizza crawl
even tho you are on the opposite side,i hope things have changed and you can go...i am in florida and definitely wont be able to go
Jan. 15th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
Pepe's so rawks over Sallys.

Just ask Richard Pini.

Kathleen O'Shea David
Former editor for Del Rey Books
Yale School of Drama Class of 1990
Jan. 16th, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
of Elf Quest???
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Jan. 15th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
You should definitely check out Modern, the pizza's just as good and the wait is only half the time.

At Sally's (my personal favorite) I would recommend the white pizza with clam and bacon - it's their specialty and for good reason.

Hope you enjoy it!
Jan. 15th, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)
I live about 70 miles north of New Haven, in MA, close to what is actually the best pizza in CT (Stafford House of Pizza, in Stafford, CT). If the weather is nice (by which I mean no frozen precipitation is busy applying itself to the roads), I recommend you rent a car in Boston. Driving to Stafford will take about 90 minutes, so get there for lunch. Driving from there to New Haven will take another 70 minutes, you can check into your hotel, then get dinner at your next pizza stop. Get lunch the next day at the next stop. Drop off the rental car. Trains to Manhattan leave from New Haven about once an hour during the off-peak times. The price of train tickets for two from Boston to New Haven is about the same as a day's car rental. I'll treat for the pizza in Stafford.

(New Haven is getting the national press because it's where Yale is, and not far from NYC, but SHoP is the pizzeria which consistently wins awards. Willington Pizza is also good, their prizewinner is the baked potato pizza - a bit idiosyncratic, but very good.)
Jan. 15th, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
pizza to Boston
Maybe you could just bring a bunch of Stafford House pies to Boskone. I am sure they would go over well at the parties.
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Jan. 15th, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
pizza lovers
Hey, have a slice for me and a great time in New Haven and NYC. *winks*
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Jan. 20th, 2007 06:16 am (UTC)
Kefka - awsome!
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Jan. 15th, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
Hee hee-- I have a feeling every person in NEw England is now going to weigh in with their favorite pizza place, as I have been tempted to do!

In Rhode Island, the best place for pizza is Caserta's on Federal Hill in Providence, because otherwise our pizza generally sucks.
I can't do Boskone, but maybe I can convince my husband we need to come to New Haven for pie. It isn't too far of a ride, really...
Jan. 15th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
I'm gonna have to try it. I've been in Providence for almost 7 years and I've never been to Caserta's. Been to Pastiche, though!
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Jan. 15th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
I'm also a fan of the thin crust and salty, whole milk mozzarella. Finding a good pizza joint in Phoenix was like finding evidence of a just and merciful God.
Jan. 15th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC)
You mean you have found good pizza in Phoenix?
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Jan. 15th, 2007 11:57 pm (UTC)
I'm I the only one left who thinks a classic pizza, the kind by which others are measured, is a thin crust pie with tomato sauce and cheese? See, once you start gumming it up with other ingredients, it's hard to judge the true greatness of the core pie. Kind of like those people who add (feh!) flavorings, milk and sugar to their coffee rather than drink it black. How do you know if it's great coffee if you don't drink it in its pure form?

Anyway, have fun on the pizza crawl. I'm heading down to NYC after Boskone to visit my son, and my quest there is to dine at great kosher restaurants that aren't deli-style food.
Jan. 16th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
Flavoured coffee *shudder*. Evil, vile concoctions.
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Jan. 16th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)
If I didn't have to work, I'd so be on a plane to Connecticut. It'd be amazing to have pizza with one of my favourite authors!

Have fun everyone. I'll be jealous and eating pizza on my own up here in Montreal.
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