Pizza

Trying to find the best Pizza in New Haven? 10Best has you covered. Our editors and locals search the city and suburbs for the top places. Then, we showcase popular restaurants like Sally's Apizza, and we highlight eateries with great user reviews, like Est, Est, Est Pizza. We also help you find areas where Pizza are prominent - the Wooster Square area, for example - so that you not only get terrific dining recommendations, but you also have choices to boot. After all, if you're going to eat, you may as well do it right and take advantage of New Haven's best.

10 Sally's Apizza
Frank Pepe's and Sally's have been "duking" it out for decades in an effort to figure out who has the best pizza. Lots of locals argue for Sally's, the original brick-oven pizza place in New Haven. This local institution features crisp pies with tangy basil and oregano-accented sauce and a long list of topping options. It's always crowded, but worth the wait and a great place to strike up a conversation with a local. Bill Clinton and Frank Sinatra are said to have been frequent, enthusiastic patrons of Sally's. (203-624-5271)

9 Est, Est, Est Pizza
This chain offers a tempting array of Italian dishes. The sophisticated, but relaxed atmosphere makes this a great spot for a date or a quiet meal, though the crowd gets rowdier late on weekend nights. In addition to pizzas, you'll find lots of options for carnivores, seafood lovers, and vegetarians. Specialties include calzones, manicotti, and pasta with seafood. Finish your meal with tiramisu and a frothy cappuccino. (203-777-2059)

8 Tony and Lucille's Pizza
The charmingly traditional decor here includes red-and-white checked tablecloths and a romantic, candle-lit atmosphere. The claim to fame here is the calzones — some say this restaurant invented the dish. A well-known institution on famous Wooster Street, the pizzas are fresh and spicy, the pasta dishes are tender and flavorful, and the service is relaxed and friendly. (203-787-1621)

7 Modern Apizza
This is the top pick for great pizza and a cozy atmosphere. An earthy crowd congregates here amid folk sounds by the likes of Simon and Garfunkle. Settle in at a wooden booth in the brightly lit dining room that has a distinct neighborhood feel. The crowd at this local favorite, which has been around since 1930, is older during the day and full of young people in the evening. In addition to pizza, enjoy dishes like stuffed calzones, eggplant rollatini, chicken Parmesan, baked ziti, or a large grinder on fresh Italian bread. (203-776-5306)

6 Wall Street Pizza
Wall Street Pizza, located next to the School of Music, is full of non-Yale locals ("townies") as well as students and professors. More than just a pizza place, this is also a casual Italian restaurant that serves a variety of other entrées. The quaint dining room, intimate booths, and romantic lighting make this a great place for a date or a quiet meal with friends. Try the special of the day or order the veal and spaghetti with salad, a meatball sub, or a thick meatloaf sandwich. (203-776-9021)

5 Yorkside Pizza
The pizza here is delicious and an especially great deal considering the low prices. Since it's across from the Yale campus, lots of students hang out here, and it is packed at lunch and very lively every evening. The menu also includes lots of flavorful Greek specialties. (203-787-7471)

4 Abaté Pizza and Seafood
Another stop on Italian restaurant-lined Wooster Street, Abaté offers family-style eating, with a fresh salad bar and a huge menu of dishes. A local hangout, the interior is simple, with stone floors and unassuming tables. What really sets this restaurant apart is its excellent food and great service. Have perfect pizzas with classic or exotic toppings, or try a sub, a calzone, stuffed boneless pork chops, calamari salad, veal, or twin stuffed lobster tails. You can eat as light or as hearty as you want to here, but you will always leave satisfied. (203-776-4334)

3 Brazi's
For a quick lunch or a lingering dinner, Brazi's features great wood-fired pizza as well as an array of other excellent Italian options. Try the focaccia, brought free to your table while you wait, or the zesty pepperoni bread, garlicky shellfish, and light, tasty pasta dishes like spaghetti, ravioli, and cannelloni. Large, satisfying portions and a helpful, friendly staff make Brazzi's a sure bet for an excellent meal. (203-498-2488)

2 Frank Pepe's The Spot
The Frank Pepe name is synonymous with pizza around these parts, and this eatery is adjacent to the original Pepe's on Wooster Street, a mecca of Italian restaurants. This one, which has been a favorite in New Haven since 1925, features the same great pizza but with less of a wait. See your piping hot tomato pie come out of the open brick oven, which is coal-fired to produce crisp, delicious results. (203-865-7602)

1 Frank Pepe's Pizzeria
Head to Frank's for some of the best pizza in the area. As you walk in, you see a huge wooden bar where a large variety of drinks are served. In the back, the large seating area features booths and tables to accommodate an intimate table for two or a large crowd. The dining room is clean, bright, and simple, with a friendly staff that is proud of the pizza they serve — and with good reason! You can get great "tomato pies," as they call them, with any combination of toppings you can think of, from the original with mozzarella to salami, bacon, mushrooms, or even clams. (203-865-5762)


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Sally's Apizza 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Italian, Pizza
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Wooster Square
COST: $
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Est, Est, Est Pizza 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Cigar Friendly, Delivery, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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Tony and Lucille's Pizza 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Italian, Pizza
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Wooster Square
COST: $
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Modern Apizza 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Italian, Pizza
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: STATE STREET
COST: $
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Wall Street Pizza 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Italian, Pizza
Dining Options: Group Friendly
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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Yorkside Pizza 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner, European, Greek, Italian, Pizza
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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Abaté Pizza and Seafood 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Italian, Pizza, Seafood
Dining Options: Delivery, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Wooster Square
COST: $$
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Brazi's 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: European, Italian, Pizza
Neighborhood: LONG WHARF
COST: $$
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Frank Pepe's The Spot 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Italian, Pizza
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Wooster Square
COST: $$
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Frank Pepe's Pizzeria 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Italian, Pizza
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: Wooster Square
COST: $