It's Friday. It's National Pizza Day. Grab life by the slice.
Why not? You are in Connecticut after all. Our footing in the national pizza lore remains as solid as ever. If you are in Hartford, the options for pies are plentiful. If you are in New Haven, even better — if you like it thin and slightly charred.
Your hardest choice, without a doubt, is where to go. If you’re bold, take a tour. Here is a half-dozen options if you’re in the Hartford area:
Angelina’s in Hartford. They boast the biggest slices around. A true pizza detective is needed to investigate the claim, but you likely won’t leave hungry.
A couple turns away, you’ve got Lena’s First & Last Pizzaria in Hartford's Parkville neighborhood. They’re replete with pizza options and it’s fast. (Enjoy this picture of U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal having a slice when he was Connecticut’s attorney general.)
Jump the city line and you have two Harry’s: the one in the center and the one in Bishops Corner. They aren’t the same place. There’s a story behind it. But the pizza is good — and that’s all the matters.
While in West Hartford, you could try some famous New Haven-style pizza with Frank Pepe’s satellite operation on New Britain Avenue. A few years ago, the long-time New Haven pizza family dynasty brought their brick oven pies to West Hartford. They have a joint in Manchester, too.
Last shot, if you want something a little different: The Blind Pig Co. A BBQ guy opened a pizza place. New school meets old school. You’ve got to head back into Hartford for this.
This is a brief list, but there are scores of great pizza places across Connecticut. Seriously, Connecticut is unmatched when it comes to pizza joints. If we are talking pizza, Hartford Has It.