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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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(Anonymous)
Jan. 19th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
Pizza: leg work needed?
I'm definitely down for pizza [or apizza if you are from new haven]. I'd usually go to Modern over the others because of the wait...

I just did an informal poll of my lab coworkers and people are fairly split with regards to their personal favorites.

However, on building size: We think Sally's is the smallest, while Modern is probably the biggest. This being said, Sally's and Pepe's seem to generate a greater sense of being "something unique/special". Modern is viewed as being more of a normal-looking pizza, but the pizza is really really good.

Sally's size: It might be able to hold 50 people at most. But the range might be closer to 30-40. Reservations cannot be made at any of the three as far as I know.

One option could be to order the food and have it delivered/picked up... We could convene at some local place to eat. I could volunteer my place. It can comfortably hold 25-30 people on the first floor (maybe more with a little luck). We had ~20 people carving pumpkins this past October and everything seemed to work.

I'd be willing to try to find some space somewhere in New Haven if it's needed.

-Zen Blade [ dennis.mishler at yale dot edu ]

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