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“Perfect New Haven Za experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Modern Apizza

Modern Apizza
874 State St, New Haven, CT 06511-3925
203-776-5306
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Ranked #1 of 502 Restaurants in New Haven
Cuisines: Pizza, Soups
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Perfect New Haven Za experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Excellent pizza, great service, with traditional pizza joint atmosphere. Lots of house selections so rarely would you have to create your own pizza. As good as if not better than Pepe's or Sally's and has half decent seating. Get there early on weekend nights to avoid standing in a long line up. Also groups of more than 6 should expect to not be able to sit together given the type of seating and table make-up.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Southington, Connecticut
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86 reviews 86 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“More than just Pizza”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014 via mobile

Great visit today and the food could not have come out quicker.. Salad and apps were great! The pizza toppings did all fall off if not held perfectly, so use two hands or learn to hold, fold and tilt. (:

Visited January 2014
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3 restaurant reviews
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“Second to the best”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

If I can't have Pepe's then Modern next on my list . Their Brick ovens are seasoned almost as fine as Número uno .

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New Haven, Connecticut
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Best Pizza and Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Best pizza in the area...if not all of New England!

My favorite is the meatball pizza, but all of the pizzas I have tried are very good.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hartford, Connecticut
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Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
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“My go-to place in New Haven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Modern is one of the three top pizza places in New Haven, and by extension the United States. It's at least as good as Pepe's and Sally's, and has some considerable advantages. It's easier to get a table and, if you want to get takeout, it always takes twenty minutes. (At Pepe's, it takes some random amount of time that can exceed an hour. I gave up on Sally's because they never answer the phone.)

The pizza crust—the most important part of the pizza—is thin but not insubstantial, slightly charred, yet chewy on the inside (not soft, like white bread). I usually get a mozzarella or a hot cherry pizza, which is both hot and sour but not overwhelming. There is just the right amount of cheese, which comes bubbling hot, not in a thick, solid layer like in many places.

The service is fast and friendly, and the prices are good. I always try to go if I'm passing through New Haven (I lived in New Haven a while back, but don't make it often enough now), and I typically buy a large and take home the leftovers.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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