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Experience Pizza at Its Best on The Connecticut Pizza Trail

20 Aug

The Tri-State area has no shortage of pizza joints that people can’t get enough of. And while NYC spots seem to always get a heaping portion of the praise and attention, Connecticut has been stealing the spotlight as of late. The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Pizzas in America of 2015 ranked 9 CT pies (Roseland, Ernie’s, Domenick and Pia’s, BAR, Zuppardi’s, Colony Grill, Modern Apizza, and Sally’s) on their list with Frank Pepe’s of New Haven taking the #1 spot. Oh, and last year? Yeah, they took the #1 spot also. As if that weren’t recognition enough for our good ‘ole Nutmeg state, Andrew Zimmern is also in love with CT pizza, placing both Sally’s and Pepe’s on the top of his favorite pizza list. And, Food & Wine placed Pepe’s on their Best Pizza Places in the U.S. list, too. 

It’s awesome for CT to get so much (deserved) love. So awesome, in fact, that the Connecticut Office of Tourism created the Connecticut Pizza Trail so you can experience all of our state’s pizza glory. And, as official CT Food Correspondents for Connecticut, we wanted to help get the word out. The list below is a compilation of expert advice and customer love from social media. If you feel like your favorite pizza shop needs to be on this list, then throw your slice into the ring, like their Facebook page, then share your fave to their timeline or even send them a message to @CTVisit on Twitter. Our faves not on this list are Bar Sugo in Norwalk, ReNapoli in Greenwich, and Amore in Stamford.  Continue reading

You’ll Want Apizza This! Zuppardi’s Food Truck Slinging Killer Pies (Review)

18 Aug

Yes, yes, we know CT peeps are super hardcore about their favorite pies. But with all the big guys like Colony Grill, Pepe’s, Bar, Krust, and Stanziato’s, it’s easy to not even make it out to some of the other amazing pizza shops people are talking about . . . that is, until you luckily stumble upon them while brewery hopping with Dan’s brother and sister-in-law. While Zuppardi’s has been around since 1932 (they started as a bakery but transitioned into a pizzeria in the 1940s) in West Haven, they just recently rolled out their food truck and have been parking it outside of Stony Creek Brewery, which is where we found it. Continue reading

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:

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Does Rico’s pwn Colony or are they just n00bs? Rico’s Pizza – Stamford, CT

14 Aug

Pie 1 from Rico's

If you have been reading the local papers, you probably noticed that Colony Grill (our review here)  hasn’t been too happy with Rico’s Pizza.  According to an ad that Colony put out in the papers, Rico’s has stolen the Colony Grill recipe.  How did Rico’s get their hands on the recipe, you ask?  Jeff Morganteen from the Stamford Advocate wrote in a recent article, “The former employees, father and son Walter and Jonathan Martinez, worked in the Colony Grill kitchen and in June helped Stamford resident Rico Imbrogno open a new pizza place serving near-exact replicas of Colony’s thin-crust bar pies, complete with “stinger” hot peppers and its signature hot oil. Walter Martinez worked at Colony for more than a decade before being fired last year.”

Sausage, hot oil, stingers, cherry peppers, and onions at Colony Grill

Lines have been out the door at Rico’s, thanks to Colony Grill’s ads, claiming that Rico’s is nothing but a chump.  Really, was that a smart marketing move?  Draw more attention to your competition and make them more popular than a NASCAR hat at Walmart?  Well, Rico’s was already on our list of spots to try, but this definitely bumped it up on our priority list.  We tried to get delivery for three nights, but after an hour of continuous busy signals each night, we gave up and hoped for next time.  Well, lucky us, got through last week and got delivery.  Why was it so hard to get a call through?  A person on Urbanspoon actually saw a manager take the phone off the hook when it was too busy.  Maybe that’s why? :)  As if those days of trying wasn’t frustrating enough,our pizza took an hour and 50 minutes to reach our doorsteps. #FAIL

Now, to get the pwn vs. n00b comparison review, we ordered the same exact pizzas that we had at Colony.

Pie 1:  Sausage, hot oil, stingers, cherry peppers, and onions.

Pie 2:  Meatball, peppers, hot oil, and black olives.

Pie 2 from Rico's

The first thing that we noticed was that the cheese-to-sauce ratio was off. It was barely there, and what sauce was there was killed by all the cheese. In fact, the cheese was so loaded up on the pies it made weird pock-like lumps.  Colony had similar bubbles, but Rico’s are way more pronounced and solid. All in all, Colony’s pie had a better ratio with definitely more sauce and not too much cheese.

Meatball, pepper, hot oil, and black olive pie at Colony Grill in Stamford CT

Here too, pie 1 was our favorite because the spiciness of the hot oil and stingers kicked it up a few notches.  The sausage added a great contrast as well.  The ingredients were fresh and nicely cooked just like Colony,
but unlike Colony’s, the hot oil made the pizza soggy and floppy.  It’s kind of weird, but Colony’s pie was drowning in hot oil, yet stayed crisp.

Verdict

Rico’s is good, but not great.  You can’t go in here expecting a pie just like Colony because there are noticeable differences. We know that we don’t want to be pizza fascits (remember the signs?), but it was just okay.  Service, in terms of delivery and experience, was far below what anyone would expect from delivery.  They do get some extra points, though, for also having wedges, wraps, salads, and empanadas.  Empanadas?  Yeah, weird, we know.  We’d love to give it another go by stopping by and getting a pie right out of the oven, but for now we’d rather head to ZAZA, Remo’s, Capriccio, Colony, Tappo, or Coalhouse Pizza.

Noms: 3.25

Cost: $$

Address: 170 Selleck Street

Stamford, CT

Phone: (203) 674-8970

Site:  http://www.ricospizzaonline.com/index.html

Rico's Pizza on Urbanspoon

Pizza so damn good, even pizza fascists can’t deny it. Colony Grill–Stamford, CT

22 Apr

Have you been stung? The stinger is a must have topping!

Update:  The controversy is alive.  Is Rico’s or Colony’s pizza better?

Update of an update: lunch delivery in Stamford and credit card machines coming!

Pizza fascists.  You’ve seen them, you’ve talked to them, maybe you know one…hopefully you aren’t one.  Here are the key indicators that you are, in fact, a pizza fascist and that you require help:

• You swear pizza can only be done one way.

• You’ve broken up with people because of Neapolitan vs. thin crust arguments.

• When you go to a pizza place with friends, only your topping choices may be ordered.

• Regarding the last bullet:  you leave the pizza place if friends use unsavory toppings and you erase them from your life.

• You are offended by this post.

There’s all different types, different styles, different toppings, and different shops who all claim have the best pie.  We’ve spoken quite in depth about this and people are really freaking crazy when it comes to pizza.  Everybody has their own opinion and everybody swears they hold the key to the gate of pie heaven.  Guess what?  OmNomCT officially states that, in most cases, pizza is in the eye of the slice-folder.  Even folding the slices is an opinion, see?  Represent Long Island and slice folding!  Say what???

Well, we’ve heard all the talk about Colony Grill here in Stamford and decided that it was ’bout time to give it a try.  What took us over the edge was Toni’s special that highlighted some of the local pizza talent in Stamford:  Hope Pizza, Coalhouse Pizza, and–of course–Colony Grill.  So, there’s not much to the place, except a large room with lots of tables, and another room with a large bar.  There’s no menu to speak of at your seat, except for a list of available toppings:  sausage,  pepperoni,  meatball,  mushroom,  onions,  black olives, cherry peppers, stingers, hot oil, anchovies,  peppers, and bacon.

They had a few beers on tap. but no standouts, so I just went with the Thomas Hooker IPA, a nice, bold, flowery beer.  And better yet, it’s brewed in CT.

Meatball, pepper, hot oil, and black olives

Pie 1:  Sausage, hot oil, stingers, cherry peppers, and onions.

Pie 2:  Meatball, peppers, hot oil, and black olives.

Both pies came dripping in that lovely, spicy, hot oil that just puts the pies into another category that lots of other pizza never can attain.  The Headbanging Hostess agrees.  She tweeted that her favorite topping was hot oil, though she did comment that just sounded wrong. ;)  Really, though, the hot oil makes the pies.  Vinny’s Backyard up on Hope Street in Stamford also has the option of hot oil, though it doesn’t come dripping out and oozing out like it does here.  Normally we’d say too much oil in pizza is undesirable, but it’s good here because it’s not a product of too much greasy cheese–it’s the spicy oil that does it.

Speaking of the cheese, it melted on the pie nicely and was in perfect proportion to the amount of sauce.  Yeah, I know…you like more cheese, no you like more sauce, no you don’t like cheese on there.  I get it. :)  We all like our pies different, got it.

Sausage, hot oil, stingers, cherry peppers, and onions

Also, the stingers on pie 1 added even more spice, but not more than could be handled.  I’d add them to everything that I could if I had the chance. Both pies were great in their own ways and had amazing flavors, but pie 1 just blew us away.  The crust wasn’t too thin and wasn’t too thick at all–just the right amount to make it a bit doughy.  Yeah, this place is definitely the real deal here in Stamford.  They opened up a while back in Fairfield in more of a cool, modern spot on Post Road.  So, who owns that spot?  None other than Paul Coniglio, Cody Lee, Ken Martin and New York Rangers captain Chris Drury.

So, the verdict?  The crust is not too thin, but just right for thin crust.  There’s an excellent sauce to cheese ratio.  The sauce and toppings are full of flavor and beg to be mixed up in several combinations.  The hot oil was abundant but didn’t make the pizza soggy. A tough feat in and of itself. It’s hard to say this is the best pizza in CT, because there are so many types, so many styles, so many ingredients, so many cooking methods. But we can say that it was incredibly delicious and we’d go back, no doubt, to chomp down on two more pies, any day, any time.  This is good freakin’ quality pizza that’s been made the same way for decades.  Institutions like this stay around because they’ve just got it.  Oh yeah, they got it.

Noms: 4.25

Cost: $$

Colony Grill

Address:  172 Myrtle Ave

Stamford, CT

Phone:  (203) 359-2184

Site:  http://colonygrill.com

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Colony-Grill/352619784407?sk=wall

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