6 ‘Old School’ CT Pizzerias Among America’s Best: The Daily Meal

The Daily Meal has released a list of the 56 greatest "old-school" pizzerias in America, including six in CT. (Photo credit: Shutterstock)

There are many things to love about Connecticut, with two of the most prominent things being it’s wide selection of great food and its deep sense of history. Touching on both of those cornerstones, The Daily Meal has released a list of the 56 Greatest "Old-School" Pizzerias in America, six of which are in Connecticut.

Each location offers both a selection of amazing pizza, something Connecticut residents hear about often, and a sense of history to its "old-school" atmosphere.

The pizzerias in Connecticut that made the list are:

Colony Grill in StamfordErnie’s Pizzeria in New HavenFrank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in New HavenRoseland Apizza in DerbySally’s Apizza in New HavenZuppardi’s in West Haven

Though the list is in alphabetical order, Colony Grill in Stamford would probably still be somewhere near the top if it were a ranking. It’s been recognized by the publication before, and it always seems to find its way into the conversation when the topic of the best pizza in the state is discussed.

This Stamford favorite specializes in paper-thin crust bar pies, with a standout favorite being their hot oil pizzas. Offering a menu of strictly pizza and filled with old school decor, it’s easy to see why Colony might find its way onto a list of "old-school" pizzerias.


According to their website, the original Colony Grill opened in Stamford in 1935. The pizzeria currently has locations in Norwalk, Milford, Fairfield and Port Chester, N.Y.

See also: 4 CT ‘Hole In The Wall’ Restaurants Best In Country: Daily Meal

Next on the list is Ernie’s Pizzeria in New Haven, which The Daily Meal praises for it’s plain pies and a recipe that hasn’t changed for nearly 50 years. Located on Whalley Avenue in the epicenter for great Connecticut pizza, New Haven, Ernie’s also offers a selection of wine and beer.

Unsurprisingly (and well-deserved), Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven also earned a spot on the list. Frankly, anyone who knows pizza knows Pepe’s, as the famed Connecticut pizzeria has been named the best pizza in the country by a number of publications.

Pepe’s opened in New Haven in 1925 and specializes in thin crust pizza pies. According to the pizzeria’s website, each pizza is cooked in a coal fire oven to give these "tomato pies" their famous crisp, charred, chewy crust.

While the original location is still located in New Haven, Pepe’s has since opened locations in Fairfield, Danbury, Manchester, West Hartford, Waterbury and Uncasville, as well as a few other locations outside of Connecticut.

Roseland Apizza in Derby is described by The Daily Meal as "a little old house with plenty of old-school charm, serving one of Connecticut’s most underrated pizzas." According to the publication, standout pies include the plain tomato pie (no cheese) and the special shrimp pizza, featuring two pounds of shrimp.

Most who know Pepe’s also know of Sally’s Apizza in New Haven, mainly because it is located right down the street on Wooster Street and was opened in the late 1930’s by Frank Pepe’s nephew, Salvatore Consiglio. The Daily Meal praises the pies at Sally’s for their "traditionally thin crust, topped with tomato sauce, garlic, and ‘mozz.’"

According to their website, each pie at Sally’s is individually hand-made and carefully baked in a coal-fired oven. Many dignitaries, athletes and stars have dined at Sally’s over the years, including Frank Sinatra, Bill Clinton, Kathleen Turner, Don Rickles and Jimmy Durante among others.

Rounding out the list is Zuppardi’s in West Haven, which The Daily Meal describes as "simply a great place to eat pizza" despite not being as well-known nationally as places like Pepe’s and Sally’s in New Haven.

According to the publication, "Zuppardi’s has its own take on Connecticut’s renowned thin-crust style (they call it ‘a Napolitano-style pie’) and it’s as thin as, but less crisp than, New Haven’s other pies, with a New York City crust that’s lighter and airier than the ones you’ll find in Gotham."

According to the pizzeria’s website, Zuppardi’s opened on Union Street in West Haven in 1934, and the Zuppardi family strives to provide their customers with the same quality New Haven-style pizza they have offered for over 80 years.

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