It's not easy to make it to number one in a city (let alone the world) where the pizzeria competition is brutal. But Modern Apizza has won many accolades since its inception in 1934. They have also received acclaim for having the freshest ingredients and friendliest service among its competitors. A must-try here is "The Bomb" variety; topped with bacon, pepperoni, sausage, mushroom, onion and garlic. A lot of flavors are sure to explode in your mouth.
Situated on Yale University's New Haven campus, Union League Cafe allows guests to savor classic French cuisine in an elegant and vibrant space that bears the resemblance of a 19th-century brasserie. The perfect setting for a romantic evening, the restaurant's vintage-themed interiors feature elaborate chandeliers, premium fabrics, sleek hardwood floors, and a traditional fireplace which lends the entire dining hall a majestic aura. The menu is well-structured and includes all-time favorites like the Crevettes Et Calamar, Canard Au Poivre, and the Lotte Au Vin Rouge. The cafe is also well-known for its desserts; especially the exquisite Creme Brulee Catalane.
Yet another first for New Haven: not only did the city introduce pizza to America, it is also home of the hamburger, introduced to the world by this diner in 1900. If you drive or walk by too quickly, you might miss this small, unpretentious, cottage-like building tucked away along the bustling street. But on the inside, New Haveners enjoy "a bomb" of a burger, so good that ketchup and mustard are no-no's. The burgers are grilled vertically for the best taste possible, and if you ask nicely, you might get a slice of cheese. Maybe. This is a classic New Haven landmark not to be missed!
For those who would like delectable fare of seafood blended with vibrant Latin flavors, a stop at Pacifico is a must. Located in the heart of Downtown New Haven, the shades of blue that decorate the entrance as well as the interiors will cocoon you in an oceanic ambiance. Relish in dishes like crispy whole sea bass, lobster quesadillas or caramelized salmon. Complement your food with some of their CT magazine prize-winning Mojitos.
L'Orcio was established in 2003 by Francesco d’Amuri and his spouse Alison De Renzi, a couple who moved to New Haven from Florence, Italy to spread the flavors of this delectable cuisine among Americans. While dining in this restaurant you can take in the history of the Thomas Kelly House from the late 1880s, within which the restaurant is located. Relish the flavors of the delightful herbs and sauces inside the elegant restaurant or on the breezy patio. If you are not in the mood to eat, you can just stop by for a few cocktails.
Part of the popular Miya's chain of Japanese restaurants, it's no surprise that New Haven's Miya's Sushi is one of the most loved restaurants in the city. Its rustic yet intimate interiors are peppered with beautiful paintings that adds an aesthetic tinge to the atmosphere. The menu features an enticing selection of classic Japanese delicacies, with an innovative twist. Their Nigiri Plate Especial, Miso Noodles and Udon Noodles are not-to-be-missed, while the Tempura Mussels, Tatsutage and Tokyo Fro are also worth a shot. Add in a array of special sushi, sashimi and maki, and you've got all the makings of a traditional Japanese restaurant.
Casual and breezy, the Seven Seas Restaurant in Milford is great for a perfect brunch date. Seafood lovers will fall head over heels in love with their menu, which is extensively dedicated to fried seafood and generous portions of lobster rolls. If seafood is not your cup of tea, you can also try some of their Italian varieties or English dishes, which will leave a distinct taste on your pallet. A must try are the shrimp and scallops.
Reflecting the Japanese culture of food in the neighborhood of Milford, Connecticut, is the MoMo Sushi Bar. With a gourmet food experience, this restaurant, which was started in 2011, serves some of the best sushi and tempura shrimp. They also have something called as the tempura ice cream, which has received rave reviews from patrons over the years. Only the freshest of ingredients go into the making and the service along with the ambiance is pretty awesome.
Be ready to wait for at least for an hour if you are entering Papa's Pizza & Pasta on a weekend night. This local pizzeria is popular and how! Known for their brilliant New Haven style pizza’s, this place has rocked the scene since its opening and is the perfect example of comfort food. The pies are well baked and the ingredients are as fresh as they can get. Apart from this, they also serve delicious and creamy pasta and calzones, which have acquired quite a reputation over the years.
Margherita Aloi, the chef proprietor of Il Palio Ristorante brings to Shelton delectable flavors of Tuscan cuisine. Margherita, born and brought up in the Italian countryside, uses traditional recipes to create mouthwatering dishes. The menu features tantalizing fares of pasta, raviolli, lasagna and risottos. Keep an eye out for seasonal specials in their menu, that uses the best ingredients of the season. Choose from their list of white and red wines to complement your meal. For some of the best drinks, select from the restaurant's specials.
Savin Rock Roasting Company is conveniently located right by the famous boardwalk in West Haven. While there you can grab a sandwich, steak or some delicious local seafood. During the evening, there are often live performances from local musicians or comedians.
Established in the 1930s, Zuppardi’s Apizza has been a popular spot for scrumptious pizzas ever since its foundation. Founded by Dominic Zuppardi, this restaurant pampers your palate with authentic Italian pizzas. The scrumptious pizzas can be accompanied with the wines and other beverages offered on their beverage list. The cozy interiors and warm servers ensure you have a pleasant time while dining here.