Zuppardi's Apizza

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Details
179 Union Ave
West Haven, CT 06516
(203) 934-1949
Pizza
$
Hours
Mon–Thu: 11:00 AM–9:30 PM Fri–Sat: 11:00 AM–10:00 PM Sun: Noon–8:30 PM

Frank PepeSally's Apizza (No. 5), Modern Apizza (No. 13), and Bar and the Bru Room (No. 61) round out New Haven’s big four pizza names, but there are great, lesser-known pizzerias, one on the other side of I-95 in West Haven that has been around almost as long: Zuppardi's, open since 1934 (though they may be ahead of the others in terms of entering the twenty-first century in one way at least: they launched a food truck this year). The origins? Domenico and Angelina Zuppardi’s bakery, which was passed down to Tony and Frances Zuppardi, and in the 1940s was turned into a pizzeria by Tony (who was a baker in the Navy) when Domenico became ill.

Zuppardi's has its own take on Connecticut's renowned thin-crust style (they call it “a Napolitano-style pie”) and a philosophy handed down to co-owner Lori Zuppardi (read the full interview) from her father that goes like this: “The last bite has to be as good as the first when people eat our pizza." It’s as thin as, but less crisp than, New Haven's other pies, with a New York City crust that's lighter and airier than the ones you'll find in Gotham. The difference is in the edge, which is charred in places, and is thicker all around.

The signature is the Special: mozzarella, mushroom, sausage, and marinara. But there are two other pies worth noting: the market price, freshly shucked littleneck clam pie (there’s a cheaper and quicker clam pie, but why would you want that?) and a wet and juicy escarole and bean white pie, with garlic and bites of crisp and wet escarole and soft bean interspersed. All good Italians know that escarole and bean soup is a great winter savior. Here, you’ll find it on a pie. Prego!

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Pizzas in America 2015, 8/6/2015

Foursquare Tips

  • Great clam pie here, and an excellent sausage pie as well.
  • Delicious pizza
  • Good pizza. Bacon pizza is very good.
  • Awsome pizza!! There white spinach pizza is to die for
  • Considering the neighboring city of New Haven has so many options, this is my sleeper pick for great pizza in all of CT. Always fresh, always consistent and the best sausage pie I've had hands down.
  • Ok, it's no Frank Pepe's. But it's DEFINITELY where you should go if the line is too long at Frank Pepe's. Try broccoli rabe with hot peppers and anchovies!
  • Stellar pie. Eat one.
  • The Buffalo chicken "apizza" is the bees knees.
  • Meatball Julia's face says it all .
  • Meatball pizza is hands down the greatest pie I've ever eaten...and I'm from Bensonhurst Brooklyn New York trust me.
  • Clam pizza!
  • If you have a car, drive to Zuppardi's in West Haven and try the white clam pizza.
  • Sausage pizza is great, large, juicy pieces of sweet Italian generously distributed on it. The Libby's Italian ice and homemade cannolis are the perfect finish--save room if you can!
  • Better than Pepe's.
  • sausage and mushroom is my favorite, try it white!
  • Do get the fresh clam pizza. Do NOT get mozz on said fresh clam pizza.
  • The fresh clam pie is as good as it gets!!!