It’s a thick-crust pizza topped with tomato sauce and a sprinkling of cheese, the kind sold in slabs at Italian bakeries. Sheet pizza, as it’s known in central Connecticut. In upstate New York they might say tomato pie. Whatever you call it, Di Bacco in Hartford makes a beautiful one: great sauce and cheese, in just the right proportion, atop a foundation of chewy bread. “Exactly what I wanted,” says pane.

A few blocks north, Mozzicato de Pasquale turns out another hound-worthy version, says westie. Toppings include cheese, broccoli, and spinach.

For something different, try the powerfully seasoned white Sicilian at Jerry’s Pizza in Middletown—a distant, tomato-less cousin to the sheet pizza: garlic, anchovies, and parsley on a lovely, olive oil-bronzed crust. It’s an off-menu item that must be ordered at least two hours in advance—well worth it, promises fosco g.

Di Bacco Food Import [Hartford County]
553 Franklin Ave., between Plymouth and Roosevelt Sts., Hartford, CT

Mozzicato de Pasquale Bakery and Pastry Shop [Hartford County]
329 Franklin Ave., at Bushnell St., Hartford, CT

Jerry’s Pizza [Middlesex County]
885 Washington St., between Boston Rd. and George St., Middletown, CT

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