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.
Bella's Cafe is a bright and cozy restaurant in West New Haven serving up some of the city's favorite breakfast and brunch all week long. You definitely won't go home hungry after chowing down on massive portions of dishes like french toast, omelets, burgers, salads and more. The menu changes frequently, and they always offer daily specials, so you can try something new every time.
The name says it all. Burgers and beers. Prime 16 Tap House + Burgers is a craft beer heaven, with 20 beers on tap, not to mention the fully stocked bar. From the kitchen, take your pick of any of the juicy specialty burgers with amazing flavor combinations. Or you could even create your own. The kids menu makes Prime 16 a perfect place for everyone to get something they like.
Although there is no stylish decor, the service can be inconsistent, and the wait an inconvenience, this pizzeria is worth every bit of hassle. This is where you go to experience the best pizza in New Haven (always competing with Sally's Apizza, down the street), if not the world. Pepe's claims to have introduced pizza to the New World and has been making pizza a local legend since 1925. There is nothing like the amazing white clam pizza pie, or the other coal-fired, oven-baked combinations at this legendary pizzeria. No slices; you order by the pie.
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!
This restaurant is the New Haven branch of the world-famous falafel joint that started in New York City's Greenwich Village in 1971. The New Haven branch is Mamoun's nicer, sit-down restaurant, with the walls covered in plush Middle-Eastern carpets. The menu features all the Mamoun's favorites like the renowned falafel, shawarma, kabobs and kibbeh. Mamoun's is a perfect place to chow down on some filling and healthy Middle-Eastern specialties.
Undoubtedly one of the neighborhood's favorite ice-cream parlors, Ashley's Ice Cream is one of the must-visit joints on every tourist's list. Since its inception, this ice-cream parlor has been known for its unique flavors, which has only increased in number over the years. Bring out your inner child with its range of specialties, including the Red White and Blueberry, Nutella Chip, Lemon Pie and Bittersweet Chocolate ice-creams. Apart from its ice-creams, the cakes, frozen yogurt, juices and smoothies are also worth a try.
Italian and Greek cuisine needs no introduction and same is the case with Clark's family Restaurant. Serving sumptuous pizza and other delights, this is one of the most frequented diner in New Haven. Savor a 'Meatloaf Plate' or 'Wrapped Double Quarter Pounder'. This diner is well-known for Greek cuisine and delicacies like 'Grilled Baby Beef Liver', 'Chicken Souvlaki' and 'Beef Giro' are featured in the extensive menu.
OK, OK, so it is arguable who has the best pizza in New Haven (and maybe the world). But after trying the "sublime" white clam pizza pie, you will have to decide for yourself, or ask former President Clinton, who used to hang out at Sally's as a young Yale law student. The age-old competition between Sally's, Pepe's Pizzeria up the block, and Modern's Apizza has been brutal. So get in line and see for yourself how delizioso Sally's pies can be!