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Mazhude

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Apparently a place called Marino's is reopening in Middletown. The original owners daughter owns it.

Anyone have their za back in the day?
Marino's Market back in the day was great, but it was Sicilian rather than Neapolitan... I lived on their subs when I was there in college (in the 80s). Their specialty was the scacciata... like a stuffed Italian flatbread (it is considered a Middletown specialty to this day).
 
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Marino's Market back in the day was great, but it was Sicilian rather than Neapolitan... I lived on their subs when I was there in college (in the 80s). Their specialty was the scacciata... like a stuffed Italian flatbread (it is considered a Middletown specialty to this day).
My pops grew up in Middletown and I grew up eating my grandmother's scacciata . . . I had no idea it was a Middletown specialty. My mother could never get it quite right.
 
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Sally's is still great but not as good since the takeover and the ownership group didn't keep good on their promise to keep the family involved.

One of the owners won't even eat at Sally's anymore he goes to zanellis
Although Sal's sons, Robert and Richard Consiglio, sold Sally's in 2017, they still run the place for the new owners. As a side note, Filomena Consiglio bought the building that houses Sally's for $500 in 1938, and her son Sal ran the place until his death in 1989. Filomena Consiglio's maiden name was Pepe, she was Frank Pepe's sister.
 
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Finally pulled the trigger and bought 7 frozen Zuppardis pies (sausage) at Caraluzzi's in Bethel. Awesome quality for a frozen pizza.
I drove 30 minutes to and from the one store that sells them in my neck of Texas, and it was totally worth it. Zupps was the place I had the most growing up but didnt go for a long time (lived outside the area so when i came back i would just go to Bar, Modern, or a wooster st place). Tried it again three years ago and it was good and have been back a couple times since. The frozen pizzas are great to have available down here.
 

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Got to try the Italian Bomb at Modern today. It was good, yes, but has slightly too many toppings IMO. Once the toppings start to add up, the pizza becomes a bit sloppy. Filling and tasty, yes, but you need a knife and fork for the first few bites of each piece.
 

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Got to try the Italian Bomb at Modern today. It was good, yes, but has slightly too many toppings IMO. Once the toppings start to add up, the pizza becomes a bit sloppy. Filling and tasty, yes, but you need a knife and fork for the first few bites of each piece.
Agree 100%. Too much on one pie. I never order it but will enjoy a small slice if someone else does.

But maybe that is the point of being “the bomb.”
 
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Got to try the Italian Bomb at Modern today. It was good, yes, but has slightly too many toppings IMO. Once the toppings start to add up, the pizza becomes a bit sloppy. Filling and tasty, yes, but you need a knife and fork for the first few bites of each piece.
Any pizza with more than 2 toppings is pushing it. True pizza is the dough, the crust, the sauce and when you start just dumping crap all over it, the end result suffers.
 
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Any pizza with more than 2 toppings is pushing it. True pizza is the dough, the crust, the sauce and when you start just dumping crap all over it, the end result suffers.
Reminds me of comparing Ben & Jerry’s to Hagen Daz. I personally like them all.
 
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The best pizza if you eat right out of the oven is Zuppardi's of East Haven.
They're in West Haven not East Haven, but do agree they're better now than Modern or Sally's. All three are great and a cut above the rest, but Zupp's pies just taste better to me. They're the only ones around that still make their own sausage and their white clam pie is definitely the best.
 
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They're in West Haven not East Haven, but do agree they're better now than Modern or Sally's. All three are great and a cut above the rest, but Zupp's pies just taste better to me. They're the only ones around that still make their own sausage and their white clam pie is definitely the best.
I agree their clam is awesome but I would rate them behind Sallys and Modern for red pies
 

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Zupp’s fresh clam and anything with their sausage are unrivaled pies.

Had Modern again recently after having Zupp’s, Sally’s and Pepe’s a couple times each in between and the pies were perfect—once again the eggplant and artichoke (red) well done was the star and it was one of the best ever.

Sally’s has been killing it if you time it right. Their crust is second to none if you like the oily char—I do. Garden Pie (no onion), fresh tomato pie or anything with bacon or pepperoni. All great.

I still love Pepe’s too; obviously the fresh clam is still great (if second to Zupp’s) and I really like the new meatball, ricotta and mozz pie, which is also a big hit with my kids.

Had Bufalina last night for the first time in a couple months and just had the leftovers tonight. It’s still my favorite of all of them. And that’s not to mention their awesome special salad, and an out of this world dessert from Hen and Heifer. Four totally different pies that were each perfectly balanced.

@Deepster , based on what you posted up-thread about only using a few ingredients on each pie, I really think you’d appreciate them. They have a nice outdoor seating area if you want to eat it there.
 
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Zupp’s fresh clam and anything with their sausage are unrivaled pies.

Had Modern again recently after having Zupp’s, Sally’s and Pepe’s a couple times each in between and the pies were perfect—once again the eggplant and artichoke (red) well done was the star and it was one of the best ever.

Sally’s has been killing it if you time it right. Their crust is second to none if you like the oily char—I do. Garden Pie (no onion), fresh tomato pie or anything with bacon or pepperoni. All great.

I still love Pepe’s too; obviously the fresh clam is still great (if second to Zupp’s) and I really like the new meatball, ricotta and mozz pie, which is also a big hit with my kids.

Had Bufalina last night for the first time in a couple months and just had the leftovers tonight. It’s still my favorite of all of them. And that’s not to mention their awesome special salad, and an out of this world dessert from Hen and Heifer. Four totally different pies that were each perfectly balanced.

@Deepster , based on what you posted up-thread about only using a few ingredients on each pie, I really think you’d appreciate them. They have a nice outdoor seating area if you want to eat it there.
Do you eat anything besides pizza?
 

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Do you eat anything besides pizza?
Between work and home, I've been getting it around once a week since the pandemic, which is about twice as frequent as usual. When we get it at home we almost always have leftovers.
 
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Zupp’s fresh clam and anything with their sausage are unrivaled pies.

Had Modern again recently after having Zupp’s, Sally’s and Pepe’s a couple times each in between and the pies were perfect—once again the eggplant and artichoke (red) well done was the star and it was one of the best ever.

Sally’s has been killing it if you time it right. Their crust is second to none if you like the oily char—I do. Garden Pie (no onion), fresh tomato pie or anything with bacon or pepperoni. All great.

I still love Pepe’s too; obviously the fresh clam is still great (if second to Zupp’s) and I really like the new meatball, ricotta and mozz pie, which is also a big hit with my kids.

Had Bufalina last night for the first time in a couple months and just had the leftovers tonight. It’s still my favorite of all of them. And that’s not to mention their awesome special salad, and an out of this world dessert from Hen and Heifer. Four totally different pies that were each perfectly balanced.

@Deepster , based on what you posted up-thread about only using a few ingredients on each pie, I really think you’d appreciate them. They have a nice outdoor seating area if you want to eat it there.
Bufalina had an heirloom tomato sauce special a few weeks ago that was incredible. Still pulling out new tricks with the specials all the time, that’s what makes it better than the others for me. And the Hen and Heifer dessert doesn’t hurt, either...
 
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Zupp’s fresh clam and anything with their sausage are unrivaled pies.

Had Modern again recently after having Zupp’s, Sally’s and Pepe’s a couple times each in between and the pies were perfect—once again the eggplant and artichoke (red) well done was the star and it was one of the best ever.

Sally’s has been killing it if you time it right. Their crust is second to none if you like the oily char—I do. Garden Pie (no onion), fresh tomato pie or anything with bacon or pepperoni. All great.

I still love Pepe’s too; obviously the fresh clam is still great (if second to Zupp’s) and I really like the new meatball, ricotta and mozz pie, which is also a big hit with my kids.

Had Bufalina last night for the first time in a couple months and just had the leftovers tonight. It’s still my favorite of all of them. And that’s not to mention their awesome special salad, and an out of this world dessert from Hen and Heifer. Four totally different pies that were each perfectly balanced.

@Deepster , based on what you posted up-thread about only using a few ingredients on each pie, I really think you’d appreciate them. They have a nice outdoor seating area if you want to eat it there.
They're on the list. I just don’t get south often and when I do, I can’t pass up the go-to’s.
 
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Zupp’s fresh clam and anything with their sausage are unrivaled pies.

Had Modern again recently after having Zupp’s, Sally’s and Pepe’s a couple times each in between and the pies were perfect—once again the eggplant and artichoke (red) well done was the star and it was one of the best ever.

Sally’s has been killing it if you time it right. Their crust is second to none if you like the oily char—I do. Garden Pie (no onion), fresh tomato pie or anything with bacon or pepperoni. All great.

I still love Pepe’s too; obviously the fresh clam is still great (if second to Zupp’s) and I really like the new meatball, ricotta and mozz pie, which is also a big hit with my kids.

Had Bufalina last night for the first time in a couple months and just had the leftovers tonight. It’s still my favorite of all of them. And that’s not to mention their awesome special salad, and an out of this world dessert from Hen and Heifer. Four totally different pies that were each perfectly balanced.

@Deepster , based on what you posted up-thread about only using a few ingredients on each pie, I really think you’d appreciate them. They have a nice outdoor seating area if you want to eat it there.
Is there a trick to order from Bufalina on a Friday night or Saturday? The last few times I've tried (once in person, twice over the phone) they've been sold out of dough/reserved for the rest of the night. They suggested I call before they open to reserve dough but I never get through. I've been to Bufalina twice and loved it both times but it's become a hassle to get pizza from them.
 

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