New Haven-style pizza

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New Haven-style pizza
Frank pepe clam pie.jpg
White clam pie from Pepe's in New Haven, Connecticut
Alternative names Apizza
Type Pizza
Place of origin United States
Region or state New Haven, Connecticut
Creator Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana
Main ingredients Pizza dough, tomato sauce, pecorino romano
Cookbook: New Haven-style pizza  Media: New Haven-style pizza
A mozzarella pie with pepperoni from Sally's Apizza

New Haven-style pizza, locally known as apizza (pronounced "a-BEETS" [1][2]), is a style of Neapolitan pizza common in and around New Haven, Connecticut. It originated at the Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana[3] and is now served in many other pizza restaurants in the area, most notably, Sally's Apizza, and Modern Apizza. This geographically limited pizza style has gained considerable culinary and historical importance.[4][5][6]


In a New Haven-style pizzeria, a "plain" pizza is crust, oregano, and tomato sauce with a little bit of grated pecorino romano cheese sprinkled on. Mozzarella (known as "mootz" in the local Italian dialect) is considered to be a topping; a customer who wants it must ask for it.

Pepe invented the "white clam pie." Pepe's restaurant used to serve littleneck clams on the half shell at the bar which he eventually decided to put on the pizza.[7] The white clam pie is crust, olive oil, oregano, grated cheese, chopped garlic, and fresh littleneck clams.

What makes New Haven style pizza distinct is its thin, oblong crust, characteristic charring, chewy texture, and limited use of melting cheeses. It tends to be drier and thicker than, but closely related to, traditional New York style pizza. Both styles in turn are close descendants of the original Neapolitan style.

Cooking and serving methods[edit]

New Haven-style pizza is traditionally baked in a coal-fired oven[8] at extremely hot temperatures in excess of 650 °F and is sold whole rather than by the slice.


Although most commonly available in the New Haven area, New Haven-style pizza has begun to spread to other parts of Connecticut. It has been available in the Italian-American areas of Bridgeport and other shoreline communities for many years. It is beginning to be served in areas typically not known for large Italian-American populations, including towns in northern and central Connecticut as well as farther away in Hood River, Oregon,[9] Washington, DC,[10] Chicago, Illinois,[11] San Diego, California,[12] West Chester, Pennsylvania,[13] Key West, Florida,[14] Austin, Texas,[15] Farmington Hills, Michigan,[16] and Tokyo, Japan.[17]

Notable establishments[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Zaretsky, Mark (December 6, 2014). "Zuppardi’s Apizza in West Haven celebrates 80 years". New Haven Register. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ Lehman, Eric D. (2015). Insiders’ Guide to Connecticut. Guilford, Connecticut: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 168. ISBN 978-1-4930-1284-8. 
  3. ^ "Pizza". American Eats. June 29, 2006. History Channel. 
  4. ^ Richman, Alan (June 2009). "American Pie". GQ Magazine (Conde Nast). Retrieved June 21, 2009.  Sally's is ranked six, while Pepe's is ranked twelve, out of 25 restaurants nationally.
  5. ^ Levine, Ed; Steingarten, Jeffrey (2005). Pizza: A Slice of Heaven. New York, New York: Universe Publishing. p. 24. ISBN 0-7893-1205-0. In my experience, the perfect Neapolitan-American pizzas are made in New York City and in New Haven, Connecticut, at the towering Frank Pepe's Pizzeria and Sally's Apizza. 
  6. ^ "New Haven Pizza Named Best In America". CBS New York. October 22, 2013. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ Pollack, Penny; Ruby, Jeff (2005). Everybody Loves Pizza: The Deep Dish on America's Favorite Food. Clerisy Press. p. 26. ISBN 978-1-57860-218-6. 
  8. ^ a b c d Levine, Ed (2011). Serious Eats: A Comprehensive Guide to Making & Eating Delicious Food Wherever You Are. Random House Digital, Inc. pp. 99–100. ISBN 030772087X. Retrieved November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Menu". Double Mountain Brewery. Hood River, Oregon. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Pete's New Haven Style Apizza". Washington, D.C. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Menu". Piece Brewery & Pizzeria. Chicago, Illinois. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  12. ^ "San Diego". URBN Coal Fired Pizza. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  13. ^ "New Haven Pizza (West Chester, Pennsylvania)". Yelp. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Bobalu's Southern Cafe (Key West, Florida)". Allmenus. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Salvation Pizza: Austin's Authentic New Haven Style Pizza". Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Tomatoes Apizza". Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Baird Taproom Nakameguro". Baird Beer. Tokyo, Japan. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 

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