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Mystic Pizza, Twenty Years After the Movie

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... More

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