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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?


Jan. 17th, 2007 06:28 am (UTC)
Re: New Haven Pizza
Closed TUESDAYS? Damn, that's no good. We're going to be there on a Tuesday. Whoever heard of a restaurant closing on Tuesday??? Sunday, sure. Monday, pretty common. But Tuesday?

Damn. May have to scracth Frank Pepe's off the list.

Can someone check and make sure the other places won't be closed for vacation on February 20? The last time we stopped in New Haven, several years ago, Sally's was shut for two weeks while he went to Florida. I'd hate for that to happen again.
Jan. 17th, 2007 09:02 am (UTC)
Re: New Haven Pizza
One good thing about the other places being closed on the monday is that Chef's will be at their best when you go to those places on the Tuesday. I try never to eat at a restuarant on the weekend and always go on the Tuesday (monday is possible if I am not having fish), the chefs are run off their feet on the weekends so the quality is always better on a weekday especially after the Chef's day off.
Jan. 17th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
Re: New Haven Pizza
Your best bet might be to call each of the apizza places just to see if they can accomodate or can reserve within a months notice. Heres links to their websites, seems Pepe's is open on Tuesdays..


Heres some info on Sally's


Heres my personal fav, which is in East Haven, 15 minutes from Wooster Street, over on Coe Avenue/Hemingway Ave.


Im going to try to get that day off to be apart of the apizza crawl, best of luck and happy eating if i cant make it.

Jan. 17th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
Re: New Haven Pizza
Must've been a while since the poster above was in town -- Pepe's is open on Tuesdays these days, from 4-10. I was just there last Tuesday, myself.
Jan. 17th, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC)
Re: New Haven Pizza
It looks like this is going to be somewhat of an undertaking. I don't know if you have "people" that help you arrange this sort of thing, but, I'm in Hartford, and would be happy to help coordinate with the restaurants or somewhere else for an "event". Whatever I can do to help, let me know. Sorry to do this on the blog, I'm looking for your email address on your website.

Jan. 18th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
Re: New Haven Pizza
I've got a buddy who lives right down the street from the restaurants. He told me they're all closed Monday's, and I've asked him to re-verify this. Will keep you posted. He did say that none of them allow Jets and Giants fans, though... :)


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