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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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hooligan08
Jan. 17th, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)
Funny thing about Naples...
Most Italians in New Haven can trace their families back to Naples. You can hear it in the dialect spoken by our grandparents. Many a student has seen his easy grade in Italian dashed by their grandparents' dropped vowels.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Funny thing about Naples...
Nothing strange about that. US population has almost entirely been built with groups of people who left their native lands because looking for something better (apart from Afroamericans, who haden't much chance..).. From the very first pilgrims to the Irish, to East Europeans.. if someone in the US has italian originis, there's good chance he traces his family back to southern italy, that in the late XIX century had great social problems, and thus was the most probable origin of departure for emigrants.

About Pizza: I'm an average pizza cook, and had chance to taste the pizzas you're talkin' about.

1st): they're not pizza anymore. They're some other kind of dish, that I respect, but cannot appreciate.

2st): Making pizza ain't easy. And it's far harder when good ingredients are on the other side of the ocean. Even here in Italy, if you know how to do it, the best pizza is the one you cook by yourself, in a wood-oven (really important) with fresh ingredients..

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