Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Day 12, 2019: Zuppardi's Apizza (West Haven, CT)



DAY 12: OCTOBER 12th, 2019

LOCATION: Zuppardi's Apizza (179 Union Ave, West Haven, CT 06516)

GUEST(S): Robin Rothman, Clara, Jen MacNeil Danenberg, Kevin Danenberg

ORDER: 1 slice of a small Fresh Clam (white pizza, sucked-to-order littleneck clams, garlic, spices) with mozzarella, 4 slices of a small The Special (red pizza, mozzarella, mushrooms, and homemade fennel sausage)

Family owned, family friendly. Since 1932, the Zuppardi family has helped establish Connecticut apizza (uh-beetz) as some of the best in the world. Shortly after opening his own place, Dominic Zuppardi moved his family and baking skills away from New Haven's crowded pizza market to nearby West Haven.  Over the next 50 years, the name "Zuppardi's" has earned its status alongside Frank Pepe’s, Sally’s, and Modern as an apizza institution, distinguishing itself not only by its West Haven address but by phonetically sounding the most like “ah'pizza party.” With plenty of dining area and a menu pleasing to all ages, it is an ideal place for your next pizza party.  There is a reason these recipes have stood the test of time. My favorite is the appropriately named "The Special" which combines homemade fennel sausage and mushrooms with melted mozzarella (mootz) and tomato sauce to create a hardy-yet-savory nectar that will leave you wanting more. Evenly distributed toppings ensure every single bite is packed with flavor and held up with a sturdy gas-powered crisp crust. Whether there are two or twenty-two of you wondering where you should eat for dinner, the answer is the same: Zuppardi's.

Small The Special

Small Fresh Clam

Slice of The Special

Day 12

Robin Rothman, Sean Taylor, Kevin Danenberg, Jen MacNeil Danenberg, Clara
1. Clara spent her time at the table painting.  She is now two years old and has already attended two different Octobers of the 31daysofpizza!

the Stachelvarius mouthpiece
2. Kevin Danenberg invented a new saxophone mouthpiece. I mean like designed it, 3D printed prototypes, had it cast in bronze, and then got a design patent on it.  Also, I've seen it in real life and it is a beauty! link here:

Shipyard Pumpkin beer with cinnamon and sugar rim 

Foxon Park White Birch Beer
3. Beverages in Connecticut are always an adventure! Robin ordered a Shipyard Pumpkin beer and it came with a cinnamon and sugar rim.  I got a birch beer!

4. Jen MacNeil Danenberg does a great sitcom intro pose.


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15.5/18 = .929 x 5 = 4.64

Monday, October 14, 2019

Day 11, 2019: Roberta's at Urbanspace Vanderbilt (Midtown East, NYC)

Urbanspace food hall

Roberta's booth

Dining area
DAY 11: OCTOBER 11th, 2019

LOCATION: Roberta's at Urbanspace Vanderbilt (East 45th &, Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY 10169)

GUEST(S): Sean Manning, Patrick

ORDER: 2 slices of Millenium Falco (sausage, onion, parmesan, breadcrumbs, red pepper flakes, garlic, and basil), 1 slice of Margherita (tomato, mozzarella, basil), 1 slice of Bee Sting (Tomato, mozzarella, sopressata, chili, and honey)

The best just got more accessible. Thanks to a booth crammed in the corner of the fancy midtown East Urbanspace food hall, city dwellers no longer have to make the trek out to Bushwick, Brooklyn for Slicey award winning Roberta's pizza! Two gas-powered Roberta's red oven are tended by oven masters ensuring the tried-and-true signature recipes are expertly replicated in the new surroundings.  I recommend getting something traditional and something creative.  You can go wrong with Roberta's pun-filled menu. The premium ingredients and idyllic crust put this pizza in a class of its own. Demand is high - and not just for the pizza - but for a place to eat it. If you arrive anytime around the hustle and bustle of a Midtown Manhattan lunch rush, expect to be jockeying for a table in the urban food court. Although there is nothing like a pilgrimage to the original Brooklyn location, it's nice to know I don't have to contend with the fickle L train to get Roberta's pizza into my mouth.

Famous Pep

Bee Sting


Millenium Falco

Slice of Bee Sting


Millenium Falco slice

Day 11

Gas powered ovens


Patrick, Sean Manning, and Sean Taylor

1. Patrick uses his idle time on the plane to filter through and delete photos on his phone.  What a great use of that time! I can't wait till my next trip.

2. Sean Manning was not only the best dressed manager of the Williamsburg Softball League playoffs, his team, the Turkey's Nest, won the championship. #Gobble


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  • TASTE:

15.5/18 = .861 x 5 = 4.31