Pizza is big business in New Haven, Connecticut. There are many pizza restaurants but when it comes to which is the best, two names will always come up, Frank Pepe's and Sally's. Both of these are venerable institutions and they offer their customers a unique and delicious dining experience.
Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria Napoletano
157 Wooster St
In 1925 Frank Pepe decided that the best pizza came from an oven that was fired by coal. 89 years later it is still being done the same way that he thought best so long ago. Part of the charm and what makes these pizzas so special is that fact that they are
never crowded in the ovens no matter how busy it gets, and be assured,
it does get busy. Too many pies in the oven, brings the temperature
of the oven down and that will affect the way the crusts crisp up. The
crusts here are thin, thin and chewy, just the way the residents of New Haven like it.
If you are looking for gourmet and unique combinations of ingredients
you will have to go somewhere else. Not much has changed here in 89
years and you are not going to be getting things that Frank Pepe would
not have been offering his customers. You will want to have your pie
with mozzarella and you can add salami, meatballs, sausage and plenty of
vegetable options. The specialty of the house is the white clam pizza. Whatever you chose, expect that there will be a line
out the doors and you need to be prepared to wait.
237 Wooster Street
Compared to Frank Pepe's Sally's is a youngster with on 76 years of business. Since 1938 this restaurant has been operated by the same family and they do things the same way they always have. Be prepared to wait in line and revel in the slow service, it is all part of the experience.
Sally’s is proud of the fact that they serve only pizza, soda, beer,
coffee, tea and hot chocolate, and also of the fact that a lot of famous
people have chosen to get their pizza fix in New Haven at their
restaurant. You can see all the memorabilia on the walls of the
restaurant once you get inside.
The basic pizza is simple, thin crust with tomato sauce. If you want cheese you need t order it with cheese. Toppings include mozzarella and anchovy, meatball, sausage and
even tuna. If you want a white pizza it can be made with sliced fresh
tomatoes and cheese.
To date, the controversy over who makes the best pizza in New Haven
is still raging. The only way it can be resolved is for you to get in
line at Frank Pepe’s and at Sally’s and try it for yourself. You will
never be able to convince anyone who disagrees with your choice, but
arguing over pizza has become quite an art in New Haven.
This article was previously published on Bubblews.com under my name BelleStarr and Helium.com