OK, OK, so it is arguable who has the best pizza in New Haven (and maybe the world), but after trying the "sublime" white clam pizza pie, you will ... More
OK, OK, so it is arguable who has the best pizza in New Haven (and maybe the world), but after trying the "sublime" white clam pizza pie, you will have to decide for yourself, or ask former President Clinton, who used to hang out at Sally's as a young Yale law student. The age-old competition between Sally's, Pepe's Pizzeria up the block, and Modern's Apizza has been brutal. So, get in line and see for yourself how "delizioso" Sally's pies can be!
When we went to Sally's, we got right in and ordered immediately. Not one person came by to address us after taking our order and after over 45 minutes went by, we finally left without receiving food or explanation. The restaurant was not even busy so good luck if it is!!!
If you think you know a better pizza, you're nuts!!!
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 4/27/07
While the ambiance returns you to the 1950's, the pizza (and they only serve pizza) is a thin crust Sicilian style pizza served on a metal tray. The oven is a 1930's oil fired brick oven that bakes the pizza like your great-grandmother's crockpot. I've had pizza all over the world and there is no comparison to the flavor, texture, and choices anywhere.
If you don't like waiting outside for 2 hours or more (sometimes) go elsewhere and settle for less.
Hands down Sally's is the best Pizza around. Coming from East Haven and being Italian American I think I am a good judge of Pizza and you can't find a better pie. I have tried them all. Pepe's is a close second and don't forget Modern. A few other good spots are. John and Maria's in East Haven. Rossini's in Cheshire and Domenick & Pia in Waterbury.But again if you want the best go to Sally's
Brought my two daughters [14 & 9] and waited about an hour to get seated. Ordered a simple large with mooz. The girls loved the pie, forgot about the wait - and agreed its GREAT pizza. Simply it's THE BEST and definitely worth the wait. Say thanks to Flo [Sally's wife] for keeping this legendary place going and don't forget to check out the cannoles at Libby's to wind up your Wooster Street experience. JB - Woodbury, CT.
Look, the fact of the matter is that the pizza is superior to Pepe's. The only thing Pepe's does better is white clam. Other than that, all of Sally's toppings are better, the sauce is more flavorful and the crust is generally more rigid. Plus, you come away with that satisfying black residue on your fingers. If you can't deal with rude staff, go to Pizza Hut and stay off of Wooster Street; if you want real pizza, Sally's is the only place in town.
I did not appreciate having to wait in line for over an hour before the restaurant was opened only to find when the doors were finally opened to the public there were people already seated. Apparently, they have a preferred clientel.
While their pizza is good it isn't worth the long wait. Especially when you can go to Modern Pizza and not wait as long or be treated differentially.
I have always liked Sally's when I was growing up in New Haven, but now I think it is overrated.
I went to Sally's with my family after hearing for years about the rivalry between Sally's and Pepe's. After waiting in the cold for 2 hours (no exaggeration) we were treated rudely, ignored instead of being seated (even though there were many open tables), and then treated awful still when the only waiter in the place finally got around to serving us. They let other people in without making them wait because they knew them, and served them promptly and with a smile, while ignoring other customers and acting like they did not appreciate our business. The pizza was good, but after waiting 2 hours to get inside and another hour before our pizzas arrived at the table I was so appalled that I swore to never go back. My business will certainly be taken over to Pepe's next time.
As a lifelong New Havener, one must chose between Sally's and Pepe's. I say there is no contest. Sally's has the most incredible pizza I have ever had. Pepe's is good, people like the crust, yadayadayada, but there is nothing in the world to compare to the sauce on a Sally's pizza. I lived in New York for awhile, and even at the "best pizza place in the city," I couldn't find a pie that compared with Sally's. The service is not the best on town, I will give that to all the nay-sayers. But you don't go there for service, you go there for pizza. And the pizza is the best in town, in the state, i'd even venture so far as to say in the country. (by the way, the equation for the amount of LARGE pies you should get at Sally's goes as follows: Total number of people in your party divided by two. Always round up. That's your large pie #. You may have some left over. It makes for a killer breakfast)
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