Before it was called Mystic Pizza, and before it inspired the namesake movie with Julia Roberts, the Connecticut seaside mom-and-pop was called Ted's. Definitely didn't have the same ring to it, and owner Stefanos Zelepos knew that. He later changed it to Mystic, asking himself, "who is this Ted guy?" Twenty years after the movie—a coming-of-age centered around three girls working at the pizza parlor—Mystic Pizza still inspires visitors who want to know, was it really filmed there? Did Julia Robers really breathe here? Technically, no. That would have required closing down the place for six months, which at...
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Many New York–area pizza lovers may be headed to the shore this holiday weekend, to Connecticut or Rhode Island or Massachusetts—the northern half of what I called the Pizza Belt in my book Pizza: A Slice of Heaven. If you find yourself hungry, stuck in traffic or both, console yourself with a slice or pizza or two at any of the following places.