My fiancee and I have been making our way through New Haven pizza legends and this trip brought us to Modern. Ordered a roni/garlic/mozz pie and a white clam/mozz pie. Despite the fact that both crusts were nicely charred, the bottom of both pies were mostly white, with only a few tan spots and extremely soggy.
Being disappointed with the product we spoke to the server who had the following explanation:
The restaurant was very busy earlier in the evening (we came in approx 9pm) and the oven had lost heat steadily throughout the night. By the time we ordered the oven was colder resulting in a pizza that was not brown and crispy on the bottom as you would get earlier in the day.
Lesson learned, however, why would a restaurant knowingly serve an inferior product like this? $30+ for 2 pizzas is top dollar (in my book anyways), if they cant make it right after a certain time/quantity, they should close down the kitchen or wait for the oven to be hot enough.
Id like to say I would give Modern a chance, go earlier in the day, but this experience really left a bad taste in my mouth. Frank Pepe's was so much better it doenst feel right to compare the two. Next trip we will try Sallys, hopefully we will have a better review to post!