Dayton Street Apizza

Italian | Pizza
excellent
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Some consider the New Haven apizza rivalry to be extremely competitive, whereas others see no opposition and cite the Big Three—Frank Pepe’s, Sally’s, and Modern—as the best, no contest. The lucky neighbors of Dayton Street Apizza need only stroll down the street to indulge in one of the Elm City’s finest apizza traditions. Located off Whalley Avenue near West Rock, Dayton Street has been wowing apizza fans for just over a decade.

Thin, chewy crust with fresh toppings arranged conservatively and baked to well-done perfection: this is the crux of good apizza, and Dayton Street follows the rules. Continue reading

Some consider the New Haven apizza rivalry to be extremely competitive, whereas others see no opposition and cite the Big Three—Frank Pepe’s, Sally’s, and Modern—as the best, no contest. The lucky neighbors of Dayton Street Apizza need only stroll down the street to indulge in one of the Elm City’s finest apizza traditions. Located off Whalley Avenue near West Rock, Dayton Street has been wowing apizza fans for just over a decade.

Thin, chewy crust with fresh toppings arranged conservatively and baked to well-done perfection: this is the crux of good apizza, and Dayton Street follows the rules. Like Pepe’s, they use only fresh clams for their white clam pie. They even serve it with lemon wedges, a tart touch from Modern’s model. For the red pies, their homemade sauce and quality mozzarella are noteworthy. The outstanding, all-natural sausage is locally made by Lamberti of New Haven, which is also sold by grocers in and around the city.

Their Italian dishes are popular enough to sell jars of their own Bobo’s Pasta Sauce, which are available free with every $25 purchase. Three flavors include marinara, vodka, and spicy puttanesca. Stuffed breads, calzones, homemade pasta fagioli, salads, hot subs, wings, and a complete selection of locally bottled Foxon Park sodas round out the extensive menu. Dayton Street also runs a sister restaurant, First Street Apizza in Seymour, CT.

But is it better than the Big Three? The chefs at Dayton Street don’t worry themselves with such trifles. Quality apizza is their business, and business is very, very good.

Dishes to try
Dayton Street Apizza, Chicken Parmigiana Sub
Chicken Parmigiana Sub
Must-Try
I love the chicken parm sub, but the man behind the counter said I hadn't tasted anything until I had Dayton Street's steak and cheese sub. Next visit, I will!
Dayton Street Apizza, Foxon Park Soda
Foxon Park Soda
Must-Try
Iron Brew, inspired by Scotland's 'other national drink' (after Scotch), is a curious combo of cream soda, cola, and root beer flavors with a slight citrus note.
Dayton Street Apizza, White Clam Pie
White Clam Pie
While Dayton Street will make you a clam pizza the traditional Wooster Street way -- with no mozzarella, the standard configuration does include a modest amount of cheese. But not so much that the briny flavor of clams is in any way smothered.
Dayton Street Apizza, Sausage Pie
Sausage Pie
Magnificent sausage is this pizza's greatest asset.
Directions and Hours
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
11 stops | 1 hr 46 min total driving
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
Yes
Takeout Counter
Yes
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