I’m a pizza snob. When I’m craving a slice of pizza, Domino’s, Papa John’s, Sbarro’s, and Pizza Hut are the furthest from my mind. Depending on the time and day of the craving, where I am, or how far I feel like driving, there are only three places in a 25 mile radius from my home in Connecticut that are guaranteed to adequately satisfy my craving.
If you’re like me, you prefer a thin crust pizza to biting into a thick layer of dough that overpowers the sauce and cheese. You don’t want your cheese to look and taste as if someone pulled apart a pack of Polly-O string cheese to top the pizza. You also expect your pizza sauce to have just the right balance of herbs, flavor, and consistency that’ll have you kissing your fingers and saying “Delizioso!”
Now, I could run down a list of places with official sounding Italian names that look to be inviting restaurants to grab a pizza – brick oven and all – but fall very short on executing a tasty slice of pizza pie. I’d rather focus on the positives. Whether you are a Connecticut resident or just like to visit, here are three pizzerias that are bound to become your favorites.
Domenic & Pia Downtown Pizzeria, 3 Brook Street, Waterbury, CT – One of, if not the, absolute best thin crust pizza the Brass City has to offer. It’s located on a tiny side street across from the University of Connecticut Waterbury branch and around the corner from the legendary Palace Theater in downtown Waterbury. You are bound to run into a line that stretches to the door during lunch time on weekdays for their slices, but the wait is always worth it. Calling in your order for whole pizzas are recommended. They do not deliver, however you can expect it to be ready for pick up in 15 minutes. They are open Mon-Sat. from 11am to 6pm.
Baki’s Pizzeria, 105 Waterbury Road, Prospect, CT – Prospect can be considered part of the ‘Waterbury area’ as it is a small suburban town that can be reached through various back roads from the city of Waterbury. If Dominic & Pia is closed during your thin crust pizza craving, Baki’s gourmet pizzas are also sure to satisfy; not because they taste the same, because they don’t. They just also make really good pizza. A taste of Baki’s pizza can earn its own special craving from you in the future. Baki’s is closed on Mondays and doesn’t open until 3pm on most days. For more information and their menu, check out their website.
Sal’s Apizza Center, 1448 East Main Street, Meriden, CT – People will forego having pizza delivered from their hometown and drive to Meriden, CT just for Sal’s pizza. It’s that good. To be guaranteed to taste their pizza at its best, order a whole pie. Slices are not always readily available and at times ordering a slice will taste like you’ve gone to a totally different pizza place; not a good one. Not only is their plain cheese pizza delicious but their sliced tomato pizza is mouth-watering good.
Godetevi la vostra pizza! (Enjoy your pizza!)