DAY 29: OCTOBER 29th, 2009
LOCATION: Modern Apizza (874 State St, New Haven, CT)
ORDER: 2 slices of bacon and crushed garlic, 3 slices of Margherita
GUEST(S): Mark Feinberg
Yet another reason to rely on oil. Modern Apizza (uh-beetz) churns out delicious oil-fired brick oven pies by the dozen - a well-oiled machine (pun intended). Since 1934 this large pizzeria has been satisfying countless New Haven residents, serendipitous tourists, and dedicated pizza enthusiasts.
The first pie to arrive at our table was loaded with bacon and crushed garlic. In addition to the creamy mozzarella ("mootz" in CT) and savory tomato sauce, there were actual pieces of perfectly cooked bacon. Not until the first bite does the garlic let its presence be known. And, well, it won't soon be forgotten. That's just garlic being garlic. This is good garlic too. For all you garlic lovers, make sure you order it.
Personally, I preferred the Margherita. Do not expect the flag of Italy as Queen Margherita received from chef Raffaele Esposito in 1889 (thanks, wikipedia). Served with a blended fresh mozzarella and without basil, the pie looks like a typical cheese pizza. But, in this case, looks are definitely deceiving. Modern's Margherita is atypically delicious.
Shimmering with olive oil and grease from the cheese applied to the base of the deeply charred crust, the pie almost completely conceals the tomato sauce. Not only does the sauce lie beneath the melted cheeses but it lies in the perfect amount.
Bite after bite, I just craved more. That being said, a personal pie will more than fill you up. Eat a $10 personal pie and wash it down with a thirst quenching Foxon Park white birch beer and enjoy every second of it. No need to send me a thank you card, I'm probably in the booth adjacent to you.
1. I met Mark because of pizza. He loves it. He noticed my blog and saw Modern had not been covered yet so he invited me up, picked me up at the train station, and paid for my pizza. Needless to say, this is the beginning of wonderful friendship.
2. I did the post pizza analysis on the train while I typed reviews. People thought I was weird. They were right.
19.5/21= 0.929 x 5 = 4.64