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 holy pizza shrines of Wooster Street 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 Power Ball lottery.

As for the New Haven favorite, white clam pizza (hold the mozzarella, please) Modern uses fresh clams brought into the restaurant three times a week, and it is delicious – ocean-sweet and powerfully garlicky, and built on a crust that puffs up dry and chewy around the edges, but stays wafer-thin all across the middle. Continue reading

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 holy pizza shrines of Wooster Street 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 Power Ball lottery.

As for the New Haven favorite, white clam pizza (hold the mozzarella, please) Modern uses fresh clams brought into the restaurant three times a week, and it is delicious – ocean-sweet and powerfully garlicky, and built on a crust that puffs up dry and chewy around the edges, but stays wafer-thin all across the middle. “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, 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.

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

Dishes to try
Modern Apizza, Italian bomb
Italian bomb
Must-Try
The variety of texture among the many meats on an Italian bomb makes this pizza a true tongue adventure.
Modern Apizza, white clam pie
white clam pie
Must-Try
You can get a white clam pie with or without mozzarella. We believe the creamy cheese overwhelms this combo's essential delicacy. This pizza is cheeseless. Look at all those clams!
Modern Apizza, Sausage & Artichoke Pizza
Sausage & Artichoke Pizza
Must-Try
We ordered a 'medium' and thought the kitchen had made a mistake when this broad boy arrived at the table. No, this IS a medium ... but big enough that we took half of it home with us for reheating at lunch today!
Modern Apizza, Pepperoni & Pepper Pizza
Pepperoni & Pepper Pizza
Must-Try
No, it's not a perfect, symmetrical pizza and the edges are charred (we asked for this one well-done). But such imperfections only add to the beauty of what we consider one of the world's best pizzas.
Modern Apizza, Mozzarella and Pepperoni Pizza
Mozzarella and Pepperoni Pizza
Must-Try
A shot of the nicely charred, thin crust - a result of Modern's coal burning oven.
Plain Pizza with No Cheese
Sausage Pizza
Sausage Grinder
Sliced Tomato and Mozzarella Pizza
Mozzarella Pie
Directions and Hours
Open Today
Sunday3 pm - 10 pm
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday10:30 am - 11 pm
Wednesday10:30 am - 11 pm
Thursday10:30 am - 11 pm
Friday10:30 am - 12 am
Saturday10:30 am - 12 am
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
5 stops | 48 min total driving
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes
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