Connecticut is a pizza paradise. With three of the top pizzerias in America right in downtown New Haven, there are few things Nutmeggers are prouder of than their world-class pizzas. From the top-ranked white clam pizza in the nation, to hot oil classics, narrowing this down to just 9 great pizza restaurants is a nearly impossible task. But here are our favorites!
A relative newcomer to the fierce pizza competition in Connecticut, Krust certainly aims to please with its pies. Their wood-fired pizzas are made with local ingredients and feature a variety of mouthwatering toppings. One tantalizing option is the sunny side pie topped with mozzarella, parmesan, garlic, bacon, and an egg. Diners can also opt to build their own pizza creation, incorporating nearly 20 different options. Don’t forget to wash each bite down with a craft beer or specialty whiskey.
Featured in several of our recent articles, Colony Grill has certainly earned its spot on our list of best pizza restaurants in Connecticut. Opened in 1935, this Irish pub only has one item on their menu—super thin crust pizza topped with hot oil. This unique hot (spicy) oil topping makes their pizzas truly special, so much so that you may demolish the whole pie yourself!
Opened by a food-loving couple inspired by wood-fired Italian cuisine, Bufalina aims to bring an authentic taste of Italy to Connecticut. Their namesake pizza features buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil. Other pizza options include broccoli, cacciatore, margarita, and more. Reservations are recommended to avoid disappointment and visitors should keep in mind that Bufalina is BYOB, but charges a corkage fee of $5.
Here is just the beginning of our New Haven pizza journey. Topping options include grated cheese, the works, fresh garlic, and many more. In addition, they offer a create your own pizza option using a selection of their numerous toppings. For your convenience, Ernie’s also has a call ahead option.
Angelina’s specialty pizzas come in an incredible five sizes to feed even the largest parties. The wide variety of toppings that are distinct from many other pizza joints earns Angelina’s a coveted spot on our list. Top on the pizza menu includes the buffalo chicken and barbeque chicken ranch. Angelina’s Pizza also serves grinders, calzones, wings, and salads.
Savvis Pizza is a community favorite, serving up both pan and thin-crust pizza. Diners might be interested to try their carnivore pizza called Savvis Special, which is topped with pepperoni, hamburger, sausage, onion, pepper, and mushrooms. Vegetarian and create your own pizza options are also available. Their menu includes burgers, sandwiches, and grinders, too.
A national favorite, Frank Pepe’s is arguably the best pizza in the country. Also one of America’s oldest pizzerias, Frank Pepe’s has been open since 1925. One of the top menu items is their white clam pizza, which is a pie topped with fresh clams, cheese, fresh garlic, and oregano. Other options include the original tomato pie, four cheese, and build your own from their selection of toppings. Pizzas come in three sizes and in New Haven, are served on a large metal pan, which makes the experience even better.
For many Nutmeggers, it is a rather fierce competition among Pepe’s, Sally’s, and Modern as to which establishment serves the best pizza. Specialty pizzas at Sally’s include white potato, which is a pie topped with potato, onion, mozzarella, parmesan, and rosemary. Other options include traditional pizzas and Italian tomato pies. They are cash-only, so diners should keep that in mind prior to stopping by.
Creating the perfect pizza trifecta in New Haven, Modern Apizza has been serving top pizzas to the New Haven community since 1934. Opened by an Italian native to the outskirts of Naples, the home of pizza in Italy, Modern Apizza has had a long history of feeding hungry workers and New Haven natives alike. On the menu is the mozzarella traditional pizza that can feature numerous toppings, such as onion, meatball, and pepper, depending on the diner’s taste. Whatever you order, it is sure to be delicious.