Dayton Street Apizza

Italian | Pizza
excellent
Worth a detour
Save

Some consider New Haven’s 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 since 1998.

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, the kitchen uses only fresh clams for a white clam pie. It is served with lemon wedges, a tart modern touch. Homemade sauce and quality mozzarella make red pies noteworthy. Outstanding, all-natural sausage is locally made by Lamberti of New Haven.

Italian dishes are popular enough that customers buy jars of house-made Bobo’s Pasta Sauce. (You get one 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, 1st Street Apizza in Seymour.

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.

*Apizza, as opposed to pizza, is what many Connecticut pizza parlors call themselves. It’s a nod to the Neapolitan accent, and is properly pronounced “uh-beetz.”

What to Eat
Dayton Street Apizza, Chicken Parmigiana Sub
Chicken Parmigiana Sub
Must-Try
Chicken parm sub: wonderful!
Dayton Street Apizza, Foxon Park Soda
Foxon Park Soda
Must-Try
Iron Brewis a curious combo of cream soda, cola, and root beer with a citrus note.
Dayton Street Apizza, White Clam Pie
White Clam Pie
Clam pizza... with a touch of mozzarella
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
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

Other Nearby Restaurants

  • Carbone’s Market

    Torrington, Connecticut

    Carbone’s is a vintage Italian-American neighborhood grocery store known for huge, beautiful grinders (sub sandwiches). Roast beef is a specialty.

  • The Place

    Guilford, Connecticut

    The Place is a virtual picnic by Route 1 in Guilford, Connecticut. Chairs are tree stumps. Clams, lobsters & roast corn are delicious. BYOB.

  • Five-O

    Fairfield, Connecticut

    A modest convenience store and deli with a nice sandwich menu, Five-0 is a Fairfield, Connecticut, destination for those who love four-alarm chili dogs.

  • Colony Grill

    Stamford, Connecticut

    Pizza at Connecticut’s Colony Grill is so thin it’s brittle. There is real oomph to the crust, and luscious crunch unlike any other pizza. Try hot oil topping!

  • Denmo’s Snack & Dairy Bar

    Southbury, Connecticut

    Denmo’s is a happy Connecticut drive-in restaurant serving excellent fried seafood & hot lobster rolls as well as beautiful foot long hot dogs with hot relish.

  • Clamp’s Hamburger Stand

    New Milford, Connecticut

    Clamp’s is a favorite hamburger drive-in restaurant for Connecticut summer people and year-rounders. Best condiment: fried onions, cooked until caramel-sweet.