Though New York may lay claim as the cradle of pizza in America, many people would say that New Haven has the best. Certainly, there are a higher ratio of good to bad pizzerias in the area than there are almost anywhere else in the world. The question is, who's got the best?
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Ride along with Michael Stern of Roadfood as he visits Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven, Connecticut. This New Haven institution invented the white clam pizza. Buckle up!
A family feud once threatened the existence of New Haven's legendary Frank Pepe's. But outside investment and managementthe first in the pizzeria's 82-year historyhas restored the spot's luster.
Today was not a good food day. I went to visit Roadfood pioneers and great writers Jane and Michael Stern at their house in Connecticut. I brought them a box of schnecken (pecan sticky buns) and a black and white cookie from Greenberg's, a classic New York Jewish bakery that is simply not very good anymore except for the schnecken and the black and white cookies. We had a blast hanging out and swapping writer war stories. When I left, Michael told me I had to go to their latest discovery, Wave Hill, a bakery that made great rustic bread. Michael said it was on the way to my final lunch destination, the new Fairfield location of the seminal New...