Instagrammable Connecticut: Pizza Last Updated: August 2023
With more than 1,000 pizza spots throughout the state—Connecticut serves up some of the most innovative and flavorful creations that are camera-ready right out of the oven. Not to mention award-winning pies, including the #1 best pizza in America. The first six pizzerias on this list were featured in the top 50 of The Daily Meal’s round-up of “101 Best Pizzas in America” and Frank Pepe Pizzeria was crowned the #1 best pizza in the country.
From thin to thick crust, these pies are crafted together with wild combos that will have you leaving your typical foodie comfort zone. With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re inviting Instagrammers to share their eye-catching pictures! Check back often for new topics. Or if you have some photos to share, tag your photos with #CTvisit!
Want to make your own? Learn to make New Haven style pizza with fun (and tasty) classes at the New Haven Pizza School!
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, Multiple Locations
Probably the most well-known pizzeria in the whole state and is continuously ranked as the best pizza in America by national food publication The Daily Meal. Frank Pepe is nearing 100 years of serving traditional food of great quality—try its signature white clam pie to taste what everyone raves about.
“I liked how fresh all the ingredients were and how crispy the crust was! Being at Frank Pepe’s made me feel like I was somewhere famous and special, yet cozy and casual.” - @jersey.munchies
Sally’s Apizza, New Haven
Many famous names have walked through the doors of Sally’s Apizza to try its popular handmade and coal-fired pies, such as its tomato pie. The Daily Meal named Sally's pizza as the #9 best in the country and suggests its white potato variety with potato, onion, mozzarella, imported Parmesan and rosemary.
Modern Apizza, New Haven
With one bite of Modern Apizza’s famous Italian Bomb you can taste perfection that’s been over 50 years in the making. It was ranked as the #16 best pizza in America by The Daily Meal.
“This pizza was extremely filling with robust, well-balanced flavors. My family enjoyed the combination of meat and green peppers.” - @dining_diva
Colony Grill, Stamford
Rooted in Irish-American tradition, Colony Grill has been known for its popular hot oil bar pie since the Great Depression. This particular pizza landed Colony Grill on The Daily Meal's ranking of "The 101 Best Pizzas in America", coming in at #43.
“We loved the thin and crispy crust, followed by the unique flavors the hot oil adds. It makes this pizza stand out!” - @thaitalian_eats
Zuppardi’s, West Haven
Homemade is the name of the game at Zuppardi's! With roots in the southern coast of Italy, this family-owned business is known for its award-winning traditional plain pie, which was ranked as the #45 best pizza in the country by The Daily Meal.
“No trip here is complete without having the white clam pie. They freshly shuck every one of the littleneck clams after you order your pizza, then add fresh garlic, olive oil, dried oregano, and cracked red pepper.” - @cityfoodsters
Bar, New Haven
Bar is so well known for its mashed potato and bacon pie that even The Daily Meal has taken notice. The national publication ranked Bar's unique creation as #47 on its list of "101 Best Pizzas in America".
“Who needs a breakfast sandwich when you have breakfast pizza?! In a sandwich the flavors are layered and smashed together. In the pizza, the garlic, onion, basil and bacon are allowed to cook into the melting cheese and sauce. It becomes one symphonic expression of a delicious morning” - @bar_newhaven
Savoy Pizzeria & Craft Bar, West Hartford
Specially milled flour and other secret ingredients combine to make delicious dough for Savoy’s array of wood-fired red and white pies.
“Savoy’s Pizza is hard to beat. Best pizza dough around, and the pizza is not greasy. The raised pie is a vegan pie–my vegan friend is convinced it’s the best around. I’m not vegan and I even thought it was delicious!” - @the.brunching.blonde
Mondo is a family-owned restaurant that specializes in thin crust pizzas cooked in a brick oven.
Mystic Pizza, Mystic
At Mystic Pizza, you can order "a slice of heaven" and retrace Julia Roberts' steps from the hit movie released in 1988.
Coalhouse Pizza, Stamford
With a woodstone oven and Neapolitan-style dough, Coalhouse Pizza is a great stop if you’re looking for good food in a friendly atmosphere. Its most popular pie is Blue Skies.
“I liked how the combination of unique flavors blended together perfectly! A perfect combo of sweet & spicy. The spicy honey drizzle was perfection.” - @stamfordfoodie
Tarry Lodge, Westport
Tarry Lodge is all about innovation and the combination of unique flavors that could bring any traditional pizza lover out of their comfort zone.
“This pizza is hand stretched, Neapolitan style, before it’s wood-fired in a brick oven. The taste is sweet at first from the heirloom tomatoes but finished with a nice mellow heat form the chili flake.” - @darth_chef_piccolo
The Neapolitan-style pizzas you’ll find on the menu at Swyft are prepared using farm fresh ingredients, natural sourdough, and homemade cheese.
“This particular pizza was on the menu for a brief time and will make a comeback soon. What I loved about it was how the roasted sweet pepper and spiciness of the ‘nduja balance with the richness of the ricotta and the earthiness of the mushrooms.” - @joelviehland
Ernie’s Pizza, New Haven
With 40 years of pizza making under its belt, Ernie’s Pizza has perfected its plain pie enough for it to find a spot on the ‘101 Best Pizzas in America’ list.
“Ernie’s Pizzeria made a perfect balance of crispy, chewy thin crust, savory garlic, robust local tomatoes and buttery mozzarella cheese with a hint of basil.” - @tasteofnewhaven
While Brewport is mostly known for delicious drinks and a fun atmosphere, its specialty pies add to the flavor of this old newspaper distribution building.
Roseland Apizza, Derby
Another pizza spot with an award-winning plain pie, Roseland Apizza has been dedicated to serving authentic, high-quality crust creations for generations.