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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
New Haven
Food
Feel
Price
9.1
7.0
$20
The gold standard for pizza is going chain—get it while it’s still good

Frank Pepe, one of the two most famous pizzerias in New Haven and among the best known in all New England, is chaining it up. Branches in Fairfield and Manchester are already open, and branches in (wince) Yonkers, and (double wince) Mohegan Sun casino are on the way. Although we wish them the best, it’s hard not to feel a bit slighted by this news, like finding out from your brilliant humanities-scholar son that he’s decided to pursue a career… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
New Haven
Food
Feel
Price
9.0
7.5
$20
Holding strong as one of the Big Four pizzas, with none of the attitude of the other three

This favorite is located right in a neighborhood that’s heavy with grad students, which partly explains its perennial popularity. The other part is the reliably great pies.

If each of the Big Four pizza restaurants has its own thing that it does extremely well, Modern’s thing has to be its blistered crust and red sauce combination. The crust isn’t quite as thin as its rivals’ on Wooster Street, but some might prefer it this way: it’s more like American-style brick-oven pizza at… [More]