Restaurants in New Haven, CT

Being a cosmopolitan college town, New Haven has a wide range of eating opportunities, simple and exotic. It is home to what might be the first hamburger (at Louis Lunch), the first Buffalo-wing tavern in Connecticut (Archie Moore’s), and knock-your-socks-off vegetarian fare (at Claire’s Corner Copia). And many believe that it serves the best pizza in the nation … or in the world. Baked in a wood-fired brick oven, a New Haven pizza is distinguished by its crust. It looks like classic Neapolitan — thin with a puffy collar that is slightly charred. However, the dough is denser and more flavorful than formal VPN-approved pizza, and it is chewy enough that your jaw might ache the next morning. The original version, sold by Frank Pepe from a street cart in the 1920s, was simply a tomato pie, which is tomatoes or tomato sauce, herbs, a sprinkle of hard cheese and maybe a few anchovies. The city’s signature is a white clam pie, made with freshly-opened littleneck clams, garlic, and herbs, but no tomato sauce or mozzarella.

New Haven’s Most Famous Dishes

Char-crusted pizza speckled with clams, garlic, and herbs

White Clam Pizza

Burger on a tender bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayo ... car hop service

Grilled Hamburger

Pizza is crowded with meats, veggies, and feta cheese


Close view of a New Haven pizza topped with thin discs of pepperoni

Pepperoni Pizza

New Haven’s Best Restaurants

Louis Lunch - Hamburger
Louis Lunch


Sally’s Apizza - Fresh Tomato Pizza
Sally’s Apizza


Char-crusted pizza speckled with clams, garlic, and herbs
Pepe’s Pizzeria Napoletana




Ashley’s Ice Cream


Archie Moore’s


Orangeside Luncheonette


Dayton Street Apizza


Modern Apizza | Connecticut’s Best Pizzerias | New Haven


A slice of Lithuanian Coffee Cake at Claire's Corner Copia in New Haven, CT
Claire’s Corner Copia


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