Forgive me for getting indignant in my first Chowhound post but, imagine my dismay, after reading Calvin Trillin's tribute to this site in the New Yorker, and also Jim's intro section about how a chowhound is the anti-foodie, to read his June 29 piece on the supposed decline of New Haven pizza. The irony is that i was reading the Trillin piece (in a New Yorker i lifted from the laundrymat magazine rack) as i was consuming a delectable spinach and garlic pie dressed in the perfect amount of olive oil at Modern Apizza on State St.
Jim, you gotta keep it real. Pepe's and Sally's are certainly institutions in New Haven - but that's the point. You should have expected the inconsistency at places with their hype coefficient. For the quality goods, you know as well as anyone that you gotta go underground. And not even all that deep underground. For my money, Modern is the best apizzeria in New Haven. but just down the block is another delicious spot, and it's a whole in the wall. Opposite Christopher Martin's, wish i could remember the name. anyhow, next time you head up 95 (or the Merritt) for pizza in New Haven then make some inquiries instead of just blasting straight for the big names. it is not fitting a man of your reputation. peace, j