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Tell Us About Your Favorite Pizza

Patch wants to know about your favorite places to eat in the area.

In the cold, dark days of January, TV commercials would have us believe that everyone is on a diet. But we know better. This is one of the best times to eat piping hot pizza in front of a football game or in a cozy restaurant.

We know the competition is fierce, from stuffed crusts to deep dish to New York style thin crust. Some of us love meat on top, and others want it gluten-free with veggies. Sure, there are chains, but every town has its local spots with a loyal following.

So let us in on your secrets. What restaurant is on your speed dial for pizza?

Kay Higgins January 03, 2012 at 08:31 PM
My fav for gluten free is from a bakery called Dee's One Smart Cookie, in Glastonbury (all her products are gluten free!). My fav traditional pizza hails from Pomodoro's, in Farmington.
Steve January 03, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Pastori's in Ellington
Don Reder January 03, 2012 at 10:26 PM
I've been going to Elmwood Pizza on New Britain Ave since about 1970. Although it's on its third set of owners since then, the recipe is the same and it's a great traditional Greek pizza place and their pies are made with flavorful sauce, plenty of tasty cheese and an extensive list of toppings. Not a fancy place, but a great honest pizza for a reasonable price.
michael a smith January 03, 2012 at 10:37 PM
pizza palace enfield and rockville
michael a smith January 03, 2012 at 10:38 PM
danny you're not the only game in town! lmao
Zane January 03, 2012 at 10:57 PM
@Frank Falcone: OOPS! We all owe you a massive apology. I say this because we (the rest of the pizza-eating populace) didn't realize that YOUR pizza-tasting palate was the only one that mattered. Please, accept our apology, as humble as it may be. "Get some taste and class."??? PUH-LEEZE.
Peter Dinella January 04, 2012 at 12:00 AM
I have been making my own pizza at home for 40 years. I have eaten pizza in about 25 towns in Italy. Luna Pizza and Pepes do a vey good job, but I'm always open to trying new pizza joints. Anyone who does not love pizza should call 911 and be asked to be sent to Hartford Hospital. If you ever meet a person who says they do not love pizza, turn around and run like hell. If your kid does not like pizza, well...you've got your hands full.
Lana DiCorcia January 04, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Well, since you stated 'local spot with a loyal following,' then The Stone and Paddle wins hands down! Both locations share a diverse and yummy pizza selection, and the thin crust is to die for. I stick with the Classic (just parm, no mozz) loaded with fresh veggies, but my friends love the Hot Sausage & Gorgonzola pizza or the home made Meatball pizza. In Vernon, dining feels cozy and friendly; the Stone and Paddle is definitely a local's best kept secret for delicious pizza!
Mark Kalina January 04, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Antonio's in Rockville- it now tops New England Pizza and that is good too. Pizza is such a personal taste with all the possible ingredients and styles. I tend to like thick crust- but that won't stop me from having thin crust either...
Charlie January 04, 2012 at 12:11 AM
The stone and paddle in Manchester has the best pizza by far. They only use fresh ingredients. Staff is friendly and the bathrooms are clean. Neil, one of the owners, is a great guy.
Helen Orr January 04, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Helen Tolland Papa T's - Tolland hands down!!!!!!
michael a smith January 04, 2012 at 01:13 AM
rorr happy new year
michael a smith January 04, 2012 at 01:15 AM
what a joke, hollywood just chased away all the cockroaches...lol
michael a smith January 04, 2012 at 01:19 AM
very good choices
LaFrance January 04, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Stone and Paddle in Rockville and Manchester. BEST pizza east of the river! We love their food and their atmosphere! AND they have the BEST staff too!
Ronni Newton January 04, 2012 at 02:16 AM
I'm going to have to agree with Susan's choice of the white salmon pizza at Luna as my favorite. But I also had some great pizza recently at Joey's Pizza Pie.
David Moran (Editor) January 04, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Modern Pizza in New Haven takes the pie as far as I'm concerned, just a shame it's such a long drive... Frank Pepe's in Manchester, the Stone n' Paddle in Manchester and Vernon, Luna's in West Hartford, and I agree with Ronni that I had a nice pie at the recently opened Joey's Pizza Pie in West Hartford as well. Some many good pizza places in the area...
Tim Jensen January 04, 2012 at 05:26 AM
Hands down, the Red Rose in Springfield. In our Patch area, Henry's in East Windsor. Both are single-location, family-owned businesses dating back to the late 1950s.
Kurt Leith January 04, 2012 at 12:20 PM
I agree that The Stone And Paddle Is excellent, beautifully remodeled dining area as well!! You'll find them at 40 West St in Vernon Rockville. You can get easy directions from their web site http://www.stoneandpaddle.com/index.cfm Two thumbs up!
David Doiron January 04, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Tony's Pizza in Willimantic. Been getting pizza there since 1974! When we can put off our pizza craving long enough for a 20 minute drive, Willington Pizza.
Stephen Malone January 04, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Steve M., Domino's Pizza, and any of the many around the country, The pasta bowl combination which are totally delishis. Chicken alfrato is the very best,
jeff January 04, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Really? :( So sad!
Frank Falcone January 04, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Zane - Apology accepted. I am sure you've never left Enfield to experience the things I have and the topic of pizza is just the tip of the iceberg. Just a guess from your childish response and defense of Ann's Pizza.
Frank Falcone January 04, 2012 at 08:13 PM
LOL.
Justin Eisenhaure January 04, 2012 at 09:23 PM
LOCAL!! Little City in Simsbury only because of the "Little City Special" NYPD in Granby is VERY good
Justin Eisenhaure January 04, 2012 at 09:25 PM
LMAO....Love "Chicken alfrato!"
Kurt Leith January 04, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Anthony's makes a great New York style pizza here in Vernon on Rt.30 near Tri-City Plaza. Of course, Papa Gino's is hard to beat(Tri-City Plaza, Vernon, CT) & my other favourite pizza restaurant in the Vernon Rockville area is relatively new here and I highly recommend it: The Stone And Paddle at 40 West Street In Vernon Rockville...for directions just follow this link: http://stoneandpaddle.com/ Do yourself a favour and drop by, I think you will be impressed!! Beautiful dining & absolutely scrumptious pizza :-)
Zane January 04, 2012 at 10:20 PM
@FF: I've never tried the pizza at Ann's, nor do I live in Enfield (although I'm sure it's a great town to live in). To be clear: It is your manner that offends; not necessarily your opinion. BTW: Were you trying to insult everyone who read your original post? No need to respond. We know the answer already.
Jennifer Crookes Carpenter January 05, 2012 at 04:58 PM
In the Farmington Valley, Little City Pizza in Simsbury and Naples Pizza in Farmington are my favorites by a long shot.
chuck formica January 07, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Try making a pizza at home with the family. Everyone creates their own and it is easy. Great theme party for children and adults. Buy a pizza stone and it pays for itself when you make your third pizza. I use fire bricks in my outside gas grill, makes a big difference as you can cook at the correct temp. which is much higher than home ovens are capable of. Dough, sause, cheese, etc. are avail. at the grocery store (or make your own dough, its easy). I like true white pizza from Sicily. Dough, extra virgin olive oil, anchovies, garlic cloves cut up (not minced) and seasonings. Check out these sites: http://www.webstaurantstore.com/ (for pizza peel, cutters, etc., good prices) http://www.fornobravo.com/ (everything pizza) Really long web link to a picture of my "Pizza Goal". Copy / paste & enjoy. http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&sa=X&rlz=1T4ADRA_enUS333US333&biw=1366&bih=624&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=RpcWqFWKt9mzbM:&imgrefurl=http://outdoorinteriors.com/2010/03/12/entertain-outdoors-around-a-wood-burning-oven/&docid=VEqp6q99Nu5lMM&imgurl=http://outdoorinteriors.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/pix14_lrg.jpg&w=620&h=420&ei=h2kIT6-OIsnf0QGrt7CLAg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=636&vpy=324&dur=300&hovh=185&hovw=273&tx=163&ty=112&sig=116615372625973401741&page=2&tbnh=119&tbnw=157&start=12&ndsp=21&ved=1t:429,r:3,s:12

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