Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Modern Apizza

874 State St. (Pearl St.) Send to Phone
203-776-5306 | Menu
A fine example of New Haven-style pizza, without the wait.

Lunch Tues.-Sat., Dinner Tues.-Sun.
Open late Fri.-Sat.

* Click here for rating key

Modern Apizza Restaurant Review

: While Modern Apizza may not be as renowned and storied as some of the hallowed parlors down on Wooster Street, you'll find no shortage of New Havenites, who take their pizza extremely seriously, swearing that the pies served here are every bit as good, if not better. The joint may be wanting in the looks department --- it's as unassuming as they come --- but it compensates with what matters most: taste, from crispy, cheese-laden garlic bread to overstuffed design-your-own calzones. Still, thin crust, brick-oven pizza is the main event. Basic toppings are available, but we're enamored with seafood-smothered specialty pies like the clams casino: a white pie charred black (but it never tastes burnt) and bubbled at the edges per local tradition and heaped with clams, peppers and thick, juicy whole strips of bacon. Bacon is the star of the Italian Bomb, too, with co-stars pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions, peppers and garlic, making each slice practically a meal.


GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards honor America's best chefs, as well as promising newcomers and a top restaurateur.