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Roseland Apizza

350 Hawthorne Ave., Derby, CT - (203) 735-0494
Roseland is known for serving huge portions. No one leaves without a handful of Styrofoam containers holding leftovers of great Italian meals that range from hot and cold antipasti to excellent pizzas to pastas of all kinds.
84% Approval Rating (38 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Tuna Pizza
Calamari
Arugula Pizza
Special Garlic Bread
Shrimp & Spinach White Pizza
Shrimp and Prosciutto Pizza
Hot Antipasto
Lasagna
Shrimp Oreganate Pizza
Arugula Salad
Bread
Penne and Sausage with Marinara Sauce
Shrimp Fra Diavolo
Spaghetti & Meatballs
Pizza
Lina's Dessert
Zuppa da Clams

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (16)
Roadfood.com Editor
"A meal at Roseland starts innocuously with some very good, baked-here bread. From there, things get grand. Choose from a broad menu of hand-cut ravioli, lasagna, various parmigianas, and the occasional pasatelli and cappeletti in broth -- a recipe from the proprietors’ ..."   [Read More]
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Ed Mann
March 22, 2010
"Many say Roseland Apizza is "Nirvana in the Valley." With a cult-like following and good press, we had to try it. In a residential area, Roseland is hard to find. People speak of the charming, homey, family restaurant flavor. The interior is "old Italian pizza ..."   [Read More]
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Tyler
December 16, 2012
"Terrible... just terrible. When we moved to Ansonia this year, our friends told us that we "need" to go to Roseland and try the pizza and broccoli rabe. We ordered a medium margarita pizza and an order of broccoli rabe to go; $35! I actually took a step back when the ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

350 Hawthorne Ave., Derby, CT
(203) 735-0494

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:No Data
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
If I tell you that this pizza cost nearly $50 (market price, said the menu), you might think it cost too much. Wrong. For one thing, there must have been $30 worth of the plumpest, crunchy-sweet shrimp on earth piled atop it - so many that it was difficult to take a bite anywhere on any slice without getting some. This pizza easily fed two people with enormous appetites. For me, the chewy, crunchy, fire-flavored crust is priceless.
"If I tell you that this pizza cost nearly $50 (market price, said the menu), you might think it cost too much. Wrong. For one thing, there must have been $30 worth of the plumpest, crunchy-sweet shrimp on earth piled atop it - so many that it was difficult to take a bite anywhere on any slice without getting some. This pizza easily fed two people with enormous appetites. For me, the chewy, crunchy, fire-flavored crust is priceless."
Michael Stern





Even an ordinary sausage and mozzarella pizza is something special at Roseland. The crunchy/chewy crust is a wonder of the culinary world.
"Even an ordinary sausage and mozzarella pizza is something special at Roseland. The crunchy/chewy crust is a wonder of the culinary world."
Michael Stern


Fra Diavolo is not listed on the printed menu, but it is a frequent star on the blackboard. It was a challenge to eat all the shrimp, but I managed to do so. That fork at the right of the photo is a normal-size one. This plate is huge!
"Fra Diavolo is not listed on the printed menu, but it is a frequent star on the blackboard. It was a challenge to eat all the shrimp, but I managed to do so. That fork at the right of the photo is a normal-size one. This plate is huge!"
Michael Stern


While Roseland has all sorts of great exotica on the menu, from lobster ravioli to clams casino pizza, you can't go wrong ordering the old-fashioned Italian classics. This plate of spaghetti and meatballs is well-nigh perfect.
"While Roseland has all sorts of great exotica on the menu, from lobster ravioli to clams casino pizza, you can't go wrong ordering the old-fashioned Italian classics. This plate of spaghetti and meatballs is well-nigh perfect."
Michael Stern


The blackboard menu advises that the arugula pizza is available only for customers eating at the restaurant: no take-out. The reason for that is evident when the pizza arrives. The base, a magnificently thin-crisp crust that doesn't begin to droop even at the point of a slice, is mounded with salad. The hot-and-cool, bread-and-veg, sweet-cheese-and-bitter-greens balances are a dazzling dining experience, but would not survive for long inside a take-out box.
"The blackboard menu advises that the arugula pizza is available only for customers eating at the restaurant: no take-out. The reason for that is evident when the pizza arrives. The base, a magnificently thin-crisp crust that doesn't begin to droop even at the point of a slice, is mounded with salad. The hot-and-cool, bread-and-veg, sweet-cheese-and-bitter-greens balances are a dazzling dining experience, but would not survive for long inside a take-out box."
Michael Stern


The blackboard menu noted that the tuna is Italian tuna, meaning that it's rich with olive oil and has real seafood character. Perked up with capers and laced with pieces of garden-fresh tomatoes and built upon a thin, crisp Neapolitan crust, it is yet another Roseland masterpiece. Oh, and that aromatic basil at the top of the photo is, of course, from the family garden.
"The blackboard menu noted that the tuna is Italian tuna, meaning that it's rich with olive oil and has real seafood character. Perked up with capers and laced with pieces of garden-fresh tomatoes and built upon a thin, crisp Neapolitan crust, it is yet another Roseland masterpiece. Oh, and that aromatic basil at the top of the photo is, of course, from the family garden."
Michael Stern


Fried calamari is a robust appetizer. Each nugget is sheathed in shattering-crisp crust.
"Fried calamari is a robust appetizer. Each nugget is sheathed in shattering-crisp crust."
Michael Stern


I forgot to count the number of shrimp strewn across this generous shrimp and spinach pizza, but it isn't so much the number that is amazing; it is their quality. They are big and muscular and radiant with luxurious flavor. There is no swankier pizza than this one.
"I forgot to count the number of shrimp strewn across this generous shrimp and spinach pizza, but it isn't so much the number that is amazing; it is their quality. They are big and muscular and radiant with luxurious flavor. There is no swankier pizza than this one."
Michael Stern


Super-duper garlic bread: topped with roasted peppers, prosciutto, and melted mozzarella.
"Super-duper garlic bread: topped with roasted peppers, prosciutto, and melted mozzarella."
Michael Stern


Typical of everything served at Roseland, this salad was gigantic, big enough to be an appetizer for two in the restaurant, then another couple of side-salads for two the next day. When dining at Roseland, eating leftovers the next day is an essential part of the experience.
"Typical of everything served at Roseland, this salad was gigantic, big enough to be an appetizer for two in the restaurant, then another couple of side-salads for two the next day. When dining at Roseland, eating leftovers the next day is an essential part of the experience."
Michael Stern


This lovely dessert is a tile of Roseland's bread dough, fried crisp and flaky, topped with fresh fruit, cinnamon sugar, and just-whipped cream. That mint-leaf garnish comes from the backyard garden.
"This lovely dessert is a tile of Roseland's bread dough, fried crisp and flaky, topped with fresh fruit, cinnamon sugar, and just-whipped cream. That mint-leaf garnish comes from the backyard garden."
Michael Stern


Every meal at Roseland starts with a basket of baked-that-day bread. It is dangerously delicious ... dangerous in the sense that it is all too easy to fill up on it even before your meal arrives. Many people get their leftover bread packed to take home along with everything else they didn't have enough appetite to eat. 'It makes wonderful toast in the morning!' advised Carolyn, our waitress.
"Every meal at Roseland starts with a basket of baked-that-day bread. It is dangerously delicious ... dangerous in the sense that it is all too easy to fill up on it even before your meal arrives. Many people get their leftover bread packed to take home along with everything else they didn't have enough appetite to eat. 'It makes wonderful toast in the morning!' advised Carolyn, our waitress."
Michael Stern


An abundance of freshly shucked clams and snapping fresh shrimp make this seafood pizza unspeakably plush.
"An abundance of freshly shucked clams and snapping fresh shrimp make this seafood pizza unspeakably plush."
Michael Stern


A few take-home cartons of leftovers is typical of a Roseland meal. We were four healthy eaters, and all went home with more than enough for tomorrow's supper.
"A few take-home cartons of leftovers is typical of a Roseland meal. We were four healthy eaters, and all went home with more than enough for tomorrow's supper."
Michael Stern


Wow, what a menu! (This is in addition to the regular printed one.) On the left are specialty pizzas. In the center are the day's appetizers; at the right are entrees.
"Wow, what a menu! (This is in addition to the regular printed one.) On the left are specialty pizzas. In the center are the day's appetizers; at the right are entrees."
Michael Stern


Roseland was the first place in the Naugatuck Valley to serve pizza, in 1935. It's a hidden-away sort of restaurant you'd never accidentally stumble upon. But once you've found it, life is good!
"Roseland was the first place in the Naugatuck Valley to serve pizza, in 1935. It's a hidden-away sort of restaurant you'd never accidentally stumble upon. But once you've found it, life is good!"
Michael Stern



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