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What is New Haven Pizza?

New Haven-style pizza, or apizza, as it’s known in Connecticut, was first served by Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in 1925. Cooked in a coal-fired oven, these pies are known for their charred thin crust and hallmark oval shape. New Haven pizza tends to be light on cheese, and some pies are even sauceless, but it’s never light on flavor. The white clam pie, for example, has only a dusting of grated cheese and skips the sauce to allow its bold garlic and briny littleneck meat to shine through.

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Pizza Haven


34 Howe St

New Haven, CT 06511

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Q: What is a clam pie?

A: A clam pie is a sauceless white pizza topped with fresh clams, fresh garlic, high-quality olive oil, parsley, and grated romano cheese. Here’s a pro tip: many New Haven locals like to add bacon to the mix for a crunchy and smoky contrast to the sweet and briny clams.

Q: How do you pronounce “apizza”?

A: In New Haven, pizza is typically referred to as “apizza,” which is pronounced “ah-beetz”. The name “apizza” comes from the regional dialect of New Haven’s Neapolitan immigrants, who arrived in Connecticut in the early 1900s.

Q: Is there mozzarella cheese on a New Haven-style pizza?

A: At New Haven pizzerias, customers must specify whether they want their pie to come with mootz” or “no mootz.” Many New Haven pizza connoisseurs prefer their pies to come sans mozzarella and opt for just a sprinkling of grated cheese on top. This is especially true when it comes to New Haven’s famed clam pie or the summertime’s seasonal fresh tomato pie.

Q: Are New Haven pizzas round?

A: Sort of! New Haven-style pizzas can be best described as oblong. They’re often asymmetrical in shape, but they’re darn near perfect otherwise.

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