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New Haven Pizza Primer: The Big Four

New Haven Pizza Primer: The Big Four

If you love pizza, really love pizza, there are checklist destinations across the country you know you have to hit. Weeks could be spent sampling storied pies and slices in New York's boroughs alone. One pocket of must-try pizza that's more manageable-- that you can do in a day-- is the New Haven pizza experience.

Gennaro Lombardi may have kicked off the love affair between New Yorkers (and Americans) and pizza, but twenty years later, and about 80 miles to the northeast, Frank Pepe started a tradition of thin crust pizza that has made a pilgrimmage prerequisite for discussing pizza with authority.

There are four basic stops: two on Wooster, one on State, and one across from New Haven's other most famous food pilgrimmage, Louis' Lunch. Trying different style toppings is vital. You need to try four pies: clam pie ('no sauce, no mozz'), red pie ('no mozz'), all-out toppings, and exotic toppings.

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana - 157 Wooster St, New Haven, Conn - (203)865-5762

What’s so great about Pepe’s? What's led to accolades like best place to eat pizza in the world? Basically, the crust that's formed in the coal-fired brick oven. It's light and thin. The tomato sauce-- salty-sweet. And the cheese-- knowing when to say, 'hold the mozz.' There are six locations, including one in Yonkers, New York, which makes pizza that's virtually indiscernible from the goods in New Haven. But there's nothing like eating it there, and at the original location next door called, The Spot. The one thing you must eat? Clam pie. Once you've tried it, the pizza nuances really begin.

Sally's Apizza - 237 Wooster St, New Haven, Conn - (203) 624-5271

Sally's, which also has a coal-fired brick oven, was opened by Sal Consiglio in 1938 when at 18 he needed to provide for his family when his father took ill. As Sal's wife, Flo, told Adam Kuban, Sal perfected his pizza-making craft as a teenager in his uncle's pizzeria. Uncle who? Frank Pepe. What's the difference between the two? Sally’s cheese pie is thicker than Pepe’s—there’s more sauce and cheese (they reach the crust’s height). But slices maintain structural integrity. Must-eat? Tomato pie.

Modern Apizza - 874 State St, New Haven, Conn - (203) 776-5306

Established in 1934 as State Street Pizza, Modern's coal-fired brick oven puts out pizza in the same thin-crust style. It's likely that you'll hear it spoken about as the place "the locals go instead of Pepe's and Sally's." That may be so. The atmosphere is great-- wood paneling, friendly servers, a clean feeling-- but it doesn't play third-string just because it's not on Wooster. Modern's pies are a little topping-heavy with less structural integrity. Given the focus on toppings, the iconic Italian Bomb is the pie to try: bacon, sausage, pepperoni, garlic, mushroom, onion and pepper.

Bru Room at BAR - 254 Crown St, New Haven, Conn - (203)495-8924

Bru Room is much younger than the three stalwarts above. It started kicking out brick-oven pizzas in 1996 when it was added to BAR. But you can make the argument that its pies are just as good if not better than Modern's. They do the red, white, and red 'with mozz' pies, same as the others, and a clam pie that's very respectable. But the thing to have is the mashed potato pizza with cheese.

View a New Haven Pizza Primer Slideshow with tips, tricks, and checklist items.


Since 1895, Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, CT has been serving a classic hamburger sandwich to customers from across the United States. Family owned and operated, we are currently run by the 4th generation and are one of the oldest, family-run businesses in the country. Our restaurant prides itself on staying true to the family history and continuing to preserve the past for future generations.

Recognized by the Liberty of Congress as the Birthplace of the Hamburger Sandwich, Louis’ Lunch has been featured in many print and television spots, including: The Travel Channel, The Food Network, Zagat, Food and Wine Magazine, among many others.

Louis’ Lunch is committed to serving a classic hamburger that is made with a proprietary blend of five cuts of meat, ground fresh daily. We want you to experience the meat’s true flavor, so we serve it on white toast and only offer cheese, onion, and tomato as garnishes.

At Louis’ Lunch, we strive to make customers feel at home. We even have a friendly, unique banter! For more information, contact us at (203) 562-5507 or stop by today! We look forward to serving you!

Chosen by the Travel Channel as “The Tastiest Place to Chow Down in America” & “The Tastiest Burger”


Since 1895, Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, CT has been serving a classic hamburger sandwich to customers from across the United States. Family owned and operated, we are currently run by the 4th generation and are one of the oldest, family-run businesses in the country. Our restaurant prides itself on staying true to the family history and continuing to preserve the past for future generations.

Recognized by the Liberty of Congress as the Birthplace of the Hamburger Sandwich, Louis’ Lunch has been featured in many print and television spots, including: The Travel Channel, The Food Network, Zagat, Food and Wine Magazine, among many others.

Louis’ Lunch is committed to serving a classic hamburger that is made with a proprietary blend of five cuts of meat, ground fresh daily. We want you to experience the meat’s true flavor, so we serve it on white toast and only offer cheese, onion, and tomato as garnishes.

At Louis’ Lunch, we strive to make customers feel at home. We even have a friendly, unique banter! For more information, contact us at (203) 562-5507 or stop by today! We look forward to serving you!

Chosen by the Travel Channel as “The Tastiest Place to Chow Down in America” & “The Tastiest Burger”


Since 1895, Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, CT has been serving a classic hamburger sandwich to customers from across the United States. Family owned and operated, we are currently run by the 4th generation and are one of the oldest, family-run businesses in the country. Our restaurant prides itself on staying true to the family history and continuing to preserve the past for future generations.

Recognized by the Liberty of Congress as the Birthplace of the Hamburger Sandwich, Louis’ Lunch has been featured in many print and television spots, including: The Travel Channel, The Food Network, Zagat, Food and Wine Magazine, among many others.

Louis’ Lunch is committed to serving a classic hamburger that is made with a proprietary blend of five cuts of meat, ground fresh daily. We want you to experience the meat’s true flavor, so we serve it on white toast and only offer cheese, onion, and tomato as garnishes.

At Louis’ Lunch, we strive to make customers feel at home. We even have a friendly, unique banter! For more information, contact us at (203) 562-5507 or stop by today! We look forward to serving you!

Chosen by the Travel Channel as “The Tastiest Place to Chow Down in America” & “The Tastiest Burger”


Since 1895, Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, CT has been serving a classic hamburger sandwich to customers from across the United States. Family owned and operated, we are currently run by the 4th generation and are one of the oldest, family-run businesses in the country. Our restaurant prides itself on staying true to the family history and continuing to preserve the past for future generations.

Recognized by the Liberty of Congress as the Birthplace of the Hamburger Sandwich, Louis’ Lunch has been featured in many print and television spots, including: The Travel Channel, The Food Network, Zagat, Food and Wine Magazine, among many others.

Louis’ Lunch is committed to serving a classic hamburger that is made with a proprietary blend of five cuts of meat, ground fresh daily. We want you to experience the meat’s true flavor, so we serve it on white toast and only offer cheese, onion, and tomato as garnishes.

At Louis’ Lunch, we strive to make customers feel at home. We even have a friendly, unique banter! For more information, contact us at (203) 562-5507 or stop by today! We look forward to serving you!

Chosen by the Travel Channel as “The Tastiest Place to Chow Down in America” & “The Tastiest Burger”


Since 1895, Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, CT has been serving a classic hamburger sandwich to customers from across the United States. Family owned and operated, we are currently run by the 4th generation and are one of the oldest, family-run businesses in the country. Our restaurant prides itself on staying true to the family history and continuing to preserve the past for future generations.

Recognized by the Liberty of Congress as the Birthplace of the Hamburger Sandwich, Louis’ Lunch has been featured in many print and television spots, including: The Travel Channel, The Food Network, Zagat, Food and Wine Magazine, among many others.

Louis’ Lunch is committed to serving a classic hamburger that is made with a proprietary blend of five cuts of meat, ground fresh daily. We want you to experience the meat’s true flavor, so we serve it on white toast and only offer cheese, onion, and tomato as garnishes.

At Louis’ Lunch, we strive to make customers feel at home. We even have a friendly, unique banter! For more information, contact us at (203) 562-5507 or stop by today! We look forward to serving you!

Chosen by the Travel Channel as “The Tastiest Place to Chow Down in America” & “The Tastiest Burger”


Since 1895, Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, CT has been serving a classic hamburger sandwich to customers from across the United States. Family owned and operated, we are currently run by the 4th generation and are one of the oldest, family-run businesses in the country. Our restaurant prides itself on staying true to the family history and continuing to preserve the past for future generations.

Recognized by the Liberty of Congress as the Birthplace of the Hamburger Sandwich, Louis’ Lunch has been featured in many print and television spots, including: The Travel Channel, The Food Network, Zagat, Food and Wine Magazine, among many others.

Louis’ Lunch is committed to serving a classic hamburger that is made with a proprietary blend of five cuts of meat, ground fresh daily. We want you to experience the meat’s true flavor, so we serve it on white toast and only offer cheese, onion, and tomato as garnishes.

At Louis’ Lunch, we strive to make customers feel at home. We even have a friendly, unique banter! For more information, contact us at (203) 562-5507 or stop by today! We look forward to serving you!

Chosen by the Travel Channel as “The Tastiest Place to Chow Down in America” & “The Tastiest Burger”


Since 1895, Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, CT has been serving a classic hamburger sandwich to customers from across the United States. Family owned and operated, we are currently run by the 4th generation and are one of the oldest, family-run businesses in the country. Our restaurant prides itself on staying true to the family history and continuing to preserve the past for future generations.

Recognized by the Liberty of Congress as the Birthplace of the Hamburger Sandwich, Louis’ Lunch has been featured in many print and television spots, including: The Travel Channel, The Food Network, Zagat, Food and Wine Magazine, among many others.

Louis’ Lunch is committed to serving a classic hamburger that is made with a proprietary blend of five cuts of meat, ground fresh daily. We want you to experience the meat’s true flavor, so we serve it on white toast and only offer cheese, onion, and tomato as garnishes.

At Louis’ Lunch, we strive to make customers feel at home. We even have a friendly, unique banter! For more information, contact us at (203) 562-5507 or stop by today! We look forward to serving you!

Chosen by the Travel Channel as “The Tastiest Place to Chow Down in America” & “The Tastiest Burger”


Since 1895, Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, CT has been serving a classic hamburger sandwich to customers from across the United States. Family owned and operated, we are currently run by the 4th generation and are one of the oldest, family-run businesses in the country. Our restaurant prides itself on staying true to the family history and continuing to preserve the past for future generations.

Recognized by the Liberty of Congress as the Birthplace of the Hamburger Sandwich, Louis’ Lunch has been featured in many print and television spots, including: The Travel Channel, The Food Network, Zagat, Food and Wine Magazine, among many others.

Louis’ Lunch is committed to serving a classic hamburger that is made with a proprietary blend of five cuts of meat, ground fresh daily. We want you to experience the meat’s true flavor, so we serve it on white toast and only offer cheese, onion, and tomato as garnishes.

At Louis’ Lunch, we strive to make customers feel at home. We even have a friendly, unique banter! For more information, contact us at (203) 562-5507 or stop by today! We look forward to serving you!

Chosen by the Travel Channel as “The Tastiest Place to Chow Down in America” & “The Tastiest Burger”


Since 1895, Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, CT has been serving a classic hamburger sandwich to customers from across the United States. Family owned and operated, we are currently run by the 4th generation and are one of the oldest, family-run businesses in the country. Our restaurant prides itself on staying true to the family history and continuing to preserve the past for future generations.

Recognized by the Liberty of Congress as the Birthplace of the Hamburger Sandwich, Louis’ Lunch has been featured in many print and television spots, including: The Travel Channel, The Food Network, Zagat, Food and Wine Magazine, among many others.

Louis’ Lunch is committed to serving a classic hamburger that is made with a proprietary blend of five cuts of meat, ground fresh daily. We want you to experience the meat’s true flavor, so we serve it on white toast and only offer cheese, onion, and tomato as garnishes.

At Louis’ Lunch, we strive to make customers feel at home. We even have a friendly, unique banter! For more information, contact us at (203) 562-5507 or stop by today! We look forward to serving you!

Chosen by the Travel Channel as “The Tastiest Place to Chow Down in America” & “The Tastiest Burger”


Since 1895, Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, CT has been serving a classic hamburger sandwich to customers from across the United States. Family owned and operated, we are currently run by the 4th generation and are one of the oldest, family-run businesses in the country. Our restaurant prides itself on staying true to the family history and continuing to preserve the past for future generations.

Recognized by the Liberty of Congress as the Birthplace of the Hamburger Sandwich, Louis’ Lunch has been featured in many print and television spots, including: The Travel Channel, The Food Network, Zagat, Food and Wine Magazine, among many others.

Louis’ Lunch is committed to serving a classic hamburger that is made with a proprietary blend of five cuts of meat, ground fresh daily. We want you to experience the meat’s true flavor, so we serve it on white toast and only offer cheese, onion, and tomato as garnishes.

At Louis’ Lunch, we strive to make customers feel at home. We even have a friendly, unique banter! For more information, contact us at (203) 562-5507 or stop by today! We look forward to serving you!

Chosen by the Travel Channel as “The Tastiest Place to Chow Down in America” & “The Tastiest Burger”


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