The New Haven Pizza Crawl

Two years ago, I joined a merry band of pranksters on the daylong odyssey that was the Connecticut Hot Dog Tour. This time, we traded in our party bus for walking shoes to celebrate our state’s best foodie claim to fame on the New Haven Pizza Crawl.

We met for coffee and waited for the first stop to open, Pepe’s, which is perhaps Connecticut’s most renowned pizza place.

Pepe's New Haven pizza

(See related post–New Haven Apizza: Pepe’s vs. Sally’s.)

1. Pepe’s

Pepe’s is steeped in history and deserves its spot as king of New Haven pizza. I love its white clam pizza, a thin, crisp crust drowned in garlicky olive oil with plump, juicy clams.

Pepe's New Haven Style Pizza

Pepe's New Haven pizza

Pepe's pizza New Haven

Pepe's New Haven pizza

2. Abaté’s

Our second stop was just around the corner, Abaté’s, where I had a slice of Abaté’s Special: mozzarella, meatball, pepperoni, onion, mushroom, sausage and bacon. Delicious.

Abate's New Haven pizza

Abate's New Haven pizza

We had a nice walk through Wooster Square Park and over to Modern. (Still no sign of the Jesus Tree.) The coldness of the day as we walked through the lovely New Haven neighborhoods helped to revive us.

Wooster Square Park New Haven

3. Modern Apizza

At Modern, I had a slice of eggplant and pepperoni pizza. I’ve been to Modern several times, and it is always great.

New Haven Pizza crawl Modern

New Haven Pizza Crawl

Outside Modern Apizza New Haven

New Haven Pizza Crawl

We had another nice walk to make it over to Bar, a newer trendy restaurant and microbrewery.

New Haven Pizza Crawl

Pizza group at arch

5. Bar

Bar, a cool-looking industrial space, is most famous for its mashed potato with bacon pizza. I thought it sounded strange at first, too, but it is so, so good.

Bar New Haven Pizza Crawl

Bar New Haven Pizza Crawl

Bar New Haven pizza crawl

6. Est Est Est Pizza

Est Est Est Pizza was the only place on the tour that wasn’t great. It wasn’t bad; it just didn’t measure up to the others. I had a slice of chicken and broccoli pizza, and the chicken was a bit dry with a bland sauce. To be fair, this was the only place where we ordered heated up slices rather than fresh pies.

New Haven pizza crawl

New Haven pizza crawl

We had a break from eating in a bar as we waited for Kitchen Zinc to open at 5 p.m.

A New Haven bar

7. Kitchen Zinc

Quick, think of a list of trendy foods, and it will read as the menu description of the slice of pizza I had at Kitchen Zinc: roasted figs, sliced spec, goat cheese, caramelized onions, balsamic reduction, and arugula.

The “Getting Figgy With It” pizza was unique and tasty. The touch of sweetness with the salty spec and the freshness of the arugula combined into one of the best slices of the day.

Kitchen Zinc New Haven Pizza Crawl

Kitchen Zinc Getting Figgy With It pizza

The restaurant sent over some complimentary pizzas for our group after being interviewed as part of our tour, and all the choices were excellent.

New Haven Pizza Crawl

We were pretty full at this point. When we saw that at our table alone, the leftover slices added up to a box of pizza to go, my husband and I decided that was the end of the crawl for us.

About 10 members of the group, though, soldiered on into the night.

New Haven Pizza Crawl

The New Haven Pizza Crawl was a delightful success with a fun group of about 25 people, some joining the group late or leaving early. It was a great walking tour; we ended up making a loop of about 5 miles.

My favorite three slices from the crawl

  1. Pepe’s White Clam Pizza
  2. Bar’s Mashed Potato and Bacon Pizza
  3. Kitchen Zinc’s Getting Figgy With It

If you haven’t tried New Haven pizza, get yourself down to one of the greatest spots for pizza in America.

What’s your favorite kind of pizza?

About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.

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14 Responses to The New Haven Pizza Crawl

  1. Ammie says:

    I love Pepe’s clam too! And the potato pizza from Bar rocks too! Joe’s never been to Bar. I think I should take him after Lent!

  2. Bill Bartosik says:

    Damn, I’m so sorry I missed this! I’ll have to get up to New Haven for my own Pizza Crawl this spring…

  3. Donna Albano says:

    Thank you for capturing our wonderful day! What fun! It was great to see you!

  4. Beth Sugden says:

    Thanks, Marcy! It was a fun day! Good to see you again – wish we had more of a chance to talk! I am going through pizza withdrawal – not really, to be honest. Do not want to see another pizza for awhile. Love the pics!

  5. omg – stop it! It looks delicious and I’m so hungry now! haha Want pizza!!! Seriously, bacon and mashed potatoes? That sounds amazing. My 13 yo would go bonkers for that. This sounds like a blast. Great idea!

  6. Katie says:

    Mashed potato & bacon pizza? Wow…who knew? I think I gained five pounds just reading this post!

  7. You had me at pizza! What a fantastic, delicious idea! I love all kinds of pizzas -artichoke heart and bacon, shrimp and spinach etc. I was drooling while reading this.

  8. We’re about an hour and a half from New Haven but some of our good friends live right on one of the major roads that surely has one of the pizzerias you wrote about. I am going to take these recommendations!

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