Reader Recommendation: Modern Apizza
And another one from Connecticut:
Pizza to me is defined largely by having the roof of my mouth burned by cheese on a slice obtained at a walk-up window somewhere along the walk from the FCC field office on Washington and Christopher Streets in Manhattan, heading down to the old Radio Row between Canal and Cortlandt streets before the WTC was built. I did this walk regularly with friends in high school in the '60s, so the comment about pizza invoking a nostalgic experience may be true!
But for today's "ah-beetz," take me to Modern in Noo Haven! The plain pie with double mozz, and the white clam, is unbelievable. Better than Sally's, IMHO, and without the attitude. Way better than Pepe's (although I do need to try their white clam.) Not only the best pie, but unlike Sally's or Pepe's, you get a friendly staff and comfortable setting, nice clientele, usually a reasonable wait or no wait, great salads with anchovies, if desired, and excellent beers by the pitcher. (They're outside New Haven's Little Italy; they have to be better!) We've brought Modern takeout as fas as Albany and Martha's Vineyard for later enjoyment. It heats up great in the oven!
I certainly agree about Roseland in Derby, BTW. Definitely worth finding! Dennis J.
Address: 874 State Street, New Haven CT 06511; map]