6 Connecticut Pizzas Top The Daily Meal’s list of 101 Best Pizzas

23 Oct
Pepe's Pizza at their Danbury location

Which Connecticut pizza joint did we get this pie from? Hint, they are Daily Meal’s #1 pizza joint for 2013!

Because a list of the top 100 pizzas in America isn’t just enough, The Daily Meal set out on a journey across the great ol’ US of A to find the 101 best pizzas.  They did their research, finding local and regional favorites, then contacted pizza shops.  They asked what their most popular pizza was then sent staff out to try the pies then compiled results.  And, after creating such an exhaustive list of pizza joints across the nation, Connecticut captured six (yes, SIX) spots, including two in the top ten and the most coveted first place.  To check out the full list, just click here.  

Now, let’s look at the Connecticut pizzas that made the grade:

#71 Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza (for their Florida location, but they also have a location in Darien)

Pepperoni Pizza

#68 Alforno, Old Saybrook

Margherita Pizza

#27 Colony Pizza, Stamford (and other locations)

Sausage Pie

#11 Modern Apizza, New Haven

Italian Bomb (Bacon, sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, pepper, and garlic)

#7 Sally’s Apizza, New Haven

Classic Tomato Pie

#1 Frank Pepe’s, New Haven (and other locations) 

White Clam Pie

So, that’s the list!  What do you think?  Did the list miss any of your favorite pies in Connecticut or anywhere else in the country?  Tell us what you think!

11 Responses to “6 Connecticut Pizzas Top The Daily Meal’s list of 101 Best Pizzas”

  1. G. Slice October 25, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    I don’t know where the “Daily Meal” critics grew up, but they have minimal exposure to genuine pizza. But far the number 1 contender if not definitely in the first 3 is Johnnies on Lincoln Avenue, Mount Vernon, N.Y.
    Franke Pepe? Are you joking? Lombardis, Difaria and Rizzo’s way better that that imitation N.Y. pie they make in Ct. Also the Colony in Stamford…..another joke. A greasy thin cracker swimming in nasty oil.


    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro October 25, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

      DiFara was number two! We really want to try that pie. And, well have to try Johnnies, too…that’s pretty close to us. What do ya think of Long Island pies?


    • MeghanKL October 29, 2013 at 11:26 am #

      I just had to post a reply to say I am so glad there are others who love Johnnies Pizzeria as much as my family and I do! I grew up going there! My Dad and his buddies would drive there on the way to New York Islander hockey games back in the 70’s and 80’s – that’s how they found the place. Been going back ever since! Note they are closed on Sundays and Mondays! LOL :-D
      I also love Colony pizza. Frankie Pepe is good. A little different than I am used to. I actually like all styles of pizza – Italian, Greek, etc. just depends on the mood… Totally agree with you on Coalhouse and Bar Sugo! Have not been to Anthony’s in Darien yet.
      Now I am in the mood for a nice thin crust pizza. :-P


  2. Jessica @ Fit Talker October 25, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    Sounds like a plan! I’ll start gathering signatures :)

    I don’t think Pepe’s is horrible, it’s just not my favorite. Come to think of it, I don’t really have a favorite in CT. The pizza at Mediteranneo was pretty good, did you try it?


    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro October 25, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

      We have some top contenders…Colony, Bar Sugo, Coalhouse, Stanziatao’s…we love them all for different reasons. :)

      As for Mediterraneo, no, we haven’t…but we’ve always wanted to. :)


      • Jessica @ Fit Talker October 25, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

        Thanks for the suggestions!! I actually did try the pizza at Bar Sugo and it was pretty good.


  3. Jessica @ He Cooks, She Bakes, They Eat October 24, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    I’m not a Pepe’s fan and honestly, haven’t tried any of the others. I don’t mind Anthony’s but am not sure it would make a best of the best list.
    Now just to figure out how to get the best CT pizza (my sig other’s) onto the list without having a restaurant. Hmmmmm. :)


    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro October 24, 2013 at 9:57 am #

      We’ve had Pepe’s pizza 3 times. The first time, we weren’t impressed, the second time we were, the third time we were kind of in between with our feelings. :)

      Now, not sure how you’ll get your sig’s pizza onto that list. Legislation and a petition? :)


  4. Ed Bartlett October 23, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    FYI, I do think the Clam pie is awesome at Pepe’s, but the Italian Bomb st Modern is, well, Da Bomb…


    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro October 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

      Hey Ed, thanks for reading and replying. We agree the White Clam Pie is good, though it certainly isn’t our favorite. We’re excited to try the Italian Bomb. Especially if you agree that it is Da Bomb! Ciao



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