Modern Apizza

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While there are many connoisseurs of pizza who will fight us on this point, we cannot say with absolute certainty that Modern Apizza of New Haven serves the best pizza on earth. In our book, it might rank only second or third best. But the differences among Connecticut’s greats are minor; and if even if you do put one of the area’s other holy pizza shrines at the top of your list, eating at Modern is a spectacular experience, perhaps like winning only $100 million rather than $125 million in the lottery.

“Our brick oven reaches temperature in excess of 700 degrees,” Modern’s menu warns. “Some pizzas may blacken around the edges, and even lose their perfect shape due to contact with the brick floor of the oven.” Ok with us! While a few places around the edge may be charred (very much so if you order it well-done), the whole pizza has a swoonfully appetizing smoky taste; and you see why when you devour slices off the paper on which the pizza rests atop its round pan. The paper appears strewn with charred little bits of semolina from the oven floor, most of which cling to the underside of the crust, creating a slightly burnt hot-bread flavor that no metal-floored pizza oven could produce.

Modern’s specialty toppings include broccoli, sliced tomato, artichoke, and clams casino, which is clams, bacon, and peppers. It is also known for the Italian Bomb, which is a joy to eat despite the fact that it totally overwhelms its crust: sausage, pepperoni, bacon, peppers, onions, mushrooms, and garlic. There is also a Vegetarian Bomb topped with spinach, broccoli, olives, peppers, mushrooms, onion, and garlic.

As for the New Haven favorite, white clam pizza (hold the mozzarella, please) Modern uses fresh clams brought to the restaurant three times a week, and it is delicious – ocean-sweet and powerfully garlicky. Without a blanket of mozzarella, the crust that puffs up dry and chewy around the edges, staying crisp and wafer-thin all across the middle.

Note: Gluten-free pizza is available, made on a mozzarella base.

What to Eat
Modern Apizza, Italian bomb
Italian bomb
Must-Try
Multiple meats on the Italian Bomb
Modern Apizza, Sausage & Artichoke Pizza
Sausage & Artichoke Pizza
Must-Try
Sausage and artichoke pie
Modern Apizza, Pepperoni & Pepper Pizza
Pepperoni & Pepper Pizza
Must-Try
On a well done pizza, the edge is fully charred.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday3pm - 9pm
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday10:30am - 9pm
Wednesday10:30am - 9pm
Thursday10:30am - 9pm
Friday10:30am - 10pm
Saturday10:30am - 10pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
5 stops | 18 MILES | 48 min

Connecticut did not invent pizza, but a good argument can be made that it was in Connecticut that pizza was perfected. The evidence is in New Haven, on Wooster Street, home of Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana and Sally's and, a few blocks up on State Street, Modern Apizza. What makes these pizzas special is crust.…

6 stops | 205 MILES | 4 hr 34 min

East Coast Pizza Showdown

Connecticut, New York and New Jersey all can lay claim to the best pizza in America, maybe in the world. We want you to be the judge. Take this 224 mile long tri-state tour of cream of the crop pizzerias in each state and decide for yourself which location has the…

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Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
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