'New Haven' on Serious Eats

Pizza with Fresh Clams, Garlic, Mozzarella, Romano, and Basil

Clam pizza is the kind of pizza that you need to start eating immediately after it's cut into slices, before the copious clam juices have a chance to render the crust completely soggy (though some degree of sogginess is inevitable—a feature for some, even). Even so, roasting a clam in the open heat of an oven is not the ideal way to do it, even if its been freshly shucked. Want to know the secret to the absolute tenderest, most flavorful clams and juiciest clam pizza around? Place the whole, unshucked clams on that pie before baking. It may look strange at first, and it will definitely look strange when it comes out of the oven, but the clams will be insanely tender and you won't lose a single drop of those precious juices. More

The Search for America's Best Tacos: East Coast Contenders

We're not going to lie: As any West Coast or Southwestern transplant can tell you, finding great tacos on the East Coast is no easy task, but it's not impossible. You just have to be willing to go a bit off the beaten path. Head to neighborhoods with large Mexican immigrant populations and the trucks hanging out on street corners. The east coast is where we also found some more of the high-end chefs making everything from the ultra-traditional to the far more rarefied taco. More

New Haven: Who Has The Best Tacos on Long Wharf?

I've been past New Haven on I-95 for near-on three decades now, slowly watching the collection of food trucks grow and grow until it finally reached full-on convoy size. While you'll find a Puerto Rican truck serving some pretty decent lechon and a few trucks specializing in tortas and pinchos, most of the trucks here are hardcore Mexican taco trucks. On our recent road trip up to New Haven, we decided to order a couple tacos from every single one so we could lead you, Serious Eaters, along the path of righteousness should you ever find yourself in the area. More

On The Importance Of Fresh Pizza: Zuppardi's Apizza

As with any road trip, the all-important matter of lunch came up first. Even before we started discussing it, I was pretty sure where Ed was going to lead us. See, both he and Connecticut Slice correspondent Amy Kundrat have waxed poetic about what is supposedly the "best clam pizza on the planet" (according to Ed). As a kid who pretty much grew up eating clam pizzas in New Haven and beyond, this, I had to taste. More

16th Annual Greater New Haven Pizza Fest

From Sally's Apizza [Photograph: Adam Kuban] The New Haven Pizza Fest got underway last Thursday and Friday. While sadly two days are behind us, the good news is that the second half of the festival is this Thursday and Friday from 12-1:30 pm on the New Haven Green (map). If you can get there, why wouldn't you?! The festival is a fundraiser for The Connection Fund. They have had 483 pizzas donated from 28 area pizzerias, including their sponsors Modern Apizza, Abate, Tolli's, P&M, Born in America, and Marco Pizzeria. Slices are going for 3 bucks each or 2... More

A Sandwich a Day: Caseus Grilled Cheese Truck in New Haven, Connecticut

The Caseus Grilled Cheese truck is the mobile offshoot of the Caseus cheese-shop-cum-bistro in New Haven. Using up the end bits of provolone, Swiss, comte, gruyere, gouda, and sharp cheddar from the shop, they melt the blend on buttered, toasted sourdough slices in the truck to order. In addition to the classic bread-plus-cheese ($5) you can throw on any number of add-ons for a buck each: guacamole, sweet applewood bacon, roasted red peppers, grilled onions, Jambon de Paris, tomato, or arugula. Look for daily specials on the colorful chalkboard out front. More

New Haven: Delicious Thin-Crust Pizza at Bar

According to the staff, the original pizza cook at Bar once worked at Sally's on Wooster Street, and at first glance, the pedigree is apparent: the pizzas are served over a sheet of parchment paper set into aluminum sheet trays, shaped into elongated circles to better fit the rectangular pan. There are differences, too, though—the pizzas are substantially thinner than other New Haven pies, and they are sliced into rectangles rather than the usual wedges. More

Lithuanian Coffee Cake from Claire's Corner Copia in New Haven, CT

I wouldn't be surprised if more people were familiar with Lithuanian coffee cake in New Haven, Connecticut, than in Lithuania proper. Why do the locals, namely Yalies, love this treat from Claire's Corner Copia so? Three reasons: the dense sour cream cake, the middle brown stripe (sweet raisins and walnuts coated in brown sugar and coffee grounds), and the buttercream frosting. While most coffee cakes are just nice things to nosh on between gulps of coffee, this one actually has coffee in it. More

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