- Andy proclaims: "Yes (the sauce, the crust, the cheese, the toppings, everything)."
- Gail describes: "Sally's makes the best "sauce only" pizza and the best "fresh tomato and basil" pizza when the
tomatoes are in season. Another favorite is black olive and fresh garlic.
coal burning oven is the secret (as well as with
Pepe's). The oven is lit early in the morning and it takes 8 - 9 hours to heat properly.
However, the downside of Sally's is the service that you receive as a customer. The waiters are
not in any hurry to please you and they don't think that they have to because the pizza is so
Frank Sinatra's autographed portrait at Sally's Apizza!
(Frank loved Sally's Pizza)
- Anonymous contends: "Best sauce I have ever tasted. Friendly waiters."
- Hubbard remarks: "The sauce, crust, and the service
are all good.."
- roym proclaims: "I live in San Francisco, but go to Sally's
every time I am in Connecticut. Hands down the best,
and do not try to tell me Pepe's
or Modern in New Haven is comparable, it simply isn't!"
- ABSOLUTcourt4 dictates:"...I have grown up with Pepe's
and Sally's. I've always heard that it's the best in
the entire world, better than that of Italy, but I guess it never
New York ain't got NOTHING on New Haven. Trust me."
- s2kdrvr explains: "Just like after a visit to
Disney World you'll never be satisfied by another amusement park.
After a visit to
Sally's Apizza in New Haven,
Connecticut, you'll never be satisfied by a pizza from anywhere else
again! In particular, Sally's
pepperoni pizza is one of life's great pleasures. If you have the
chance to try Sally's, DON'T PASS
- davidmadden explicates: "Sauce is great, the crust I
have never had the equal, service leaves a bit to be desired. I
spent three years of my childhood about an hour from New Haven. We
would wait in line 1-2 hours in all kinds of weather to get the
pizza. Great memories, when we go back to Ct. to visit relatives we
go to Sally's."
"Making pizza at Sally's Apizza!"
- revjana shouts: "I drive from Cleveland to eat at Sally's!"
- garybergs contends: "Without a doubt...Sally's is THE best pizza in the world. It's
not just the pie, it's the people."
- jimbelmont raves: "Thin chewy crust; basic tomato
sauce, quality cheese. 800+F oven temp.!"
- lablover cites: "I grew up on Sally's pizza. It's the
best. I have traveled extensively and now live in the Seattle are.
No other city has better pizza than New Haven and Sally's is the
TOPS there. Pepe's and Modern come
- uzpeep states: "The sauce, the crust, the oven, the
tomato taste enhanced by the coal oven..."
- ada advises: "Real thin and burned on bottom.
- jimcski says: "Everything!!!!!!"
- gary confesses: "The pictures of Sally's brought tears
to my eyes. I haven't had a good pie in months and I'm starting to
have dreams about a Wooster Street Clam pie. I would stand in line
outside on the street for hours on end right now.... I have
relocated to Seattle for work..."
"I explain the following facts (although some may no longer be true):
is open from 5 pm to 10 pm daily except on Monday's.
- It does not serve lunch.
serves thin-crust pizza exclusively.
- No salads, no calzones, no pasta, no pan
- It serves no hard liquor or wine. It serves two varieties of
only and no beer on tap.
- It serves generic soda and no Coke or Pepsi.
- It does
not serve by the slice.
- It does not deliver.
- Parking is difficult at best and
sometimes one must park 1/4 mile away.
- Sally's has never had a special or
discount prices nor has it ever offered coupons, ever.
- The interior is not
elegant in any way and looks today much like it looked 50 years ago.
- The wait
staff is not the friendliest, and when a waiter comes to your table you better
be ready to order or the waiter will leave and not come back for 20 minutes.
And, to top it all off, there is never less than a one to two hour wait to get into the
establishment and often another 30-45 minutes to finally get your pizza.
- Often the
wait is outside in the dead of winter.
Just imagine any pizza place in Ohio, Florida,
Texas or any other part of the country or world! If they initiated all the conditions above, how soon would
they go out of business."
- crippledamus reports: "The sauce, crust, oven,
family and history, I live on Wooster Street and my father
worked there as a kid, simply the best in the world."
- Anne and Ron explain: "Think of the best Italian
restaurant you can, with the highest quality marinara sauce; now put
that sauce on brick baked dough that's like no other dough
you've ever tasted and you've got only a semblance of what
Sally's pizza is like. In fact, the crust is like none
other you've ever eaten; it's a scrumptious, delicious meal in
Albert Grande with Flo Consiglio
- Ron also tells this tale: "Some years ago, my
brother-in-law was visiting from England, and of course, we made the
pilgrimage to that holiest of pizza sites on Wooster St. Well
recently, Alan went on a business trip to Rome, and raved about the
absolutely impeccable ristorantes and pizzerias there. Then I popped
him the question: "But in all truth Alan, how did those pizzas
compare with Sally's?" His answer was expected:
"I would have to say, Sally's was a notch above the Rome
pizzas, even though they were great."
- datcha repeats: "Everything."
- jayspilot retorts: "the sauce, the crust, the whole
experience is great..."
- Angelo reports: "What makes this pizza so special is
the legacy Sal Consiglio left to his son's Bobby and Rick,
his daughter, Ruth and his loving wife Flo. Together
this team of pizza geniuses carry forward the long cherished
tradition of serving the finest pizza in the world. Ingredients and
ovens can be bought, but Sal Consiglio's reputation for pizza
excellence is priceless."
- Anonymous says: "Nothing new to add about what makes
Sally's so special. Lucky me, I grew up outside of New Haven, so
Sally's was the best of many fine pizza places. We still try to make
a pilgrimage there when ever we can. My wife pretty strictly follows
a low carb. diet and Sally's pizza is one of the few exceptions she
makes. P>S> It's as good as it was 30 years ago!"
- joey jojo comments: "This pizza is the greatest pizza
ever. Sure you may say pizza is pizza but after you try Sally's you
will know what i am talking about. Flo, it is fantastic".
- bobrow says: "It's just perfect."
- aglaia reports: "I can't explain it. All the
ingredients combined just make perfection. My family has been going
to Sally's for 50+ years. We have a thing called the
"orgasm." There are usually a couple on each piza, it is
one bite in particular where everything tastes even better and
basically melts in your mouth. We've been going for so long, we can
spot the piece that will have that "orgasm" bite."
- Anonymous whispers: "It's not the service that will
make people wait for hours!!!!"
- j. vecchio proclaims: "This is an experience like no
other. It is food for the Gods! Can't really explain what makes it
so good...you just have to experience it."
- dekh contends: "Crust...crust...and then of course the
- Jjimcski extols: "Sauce, dough,
cooking style EVERYTHING"
- Stacy states: "I'm definitely
Sally's fan, but I understand you try to stay out of this debate! I've
had a lot of fun waiting on line-- if you can imagine that. People are
friendly sharing the wait etc. Lots of pizza talk. People that don't
think it's crazy to wait on line. There is a great waiter there. His
name is Lorenzo."
- fenwick shouts: "The crust is the best
in the world!!!! And remember, they don't
automatically put mozz on your pizza- you have to order it.
try a pie without it- a bacon and onion, no mozz is awesome!!!"
I've been going here for 35 years, and have tried pizza all
over the world....nothing compares!
1. The original coal fired brick oven
2. The "fresh daily" sauce
3. The fresh ground cheese
6. The broccoli rabe & sausage "seasonal" pie
7. The experience of waiting in line
8. the burnt corn meal and oil that stains your hands
9. Watching rookies take their seat before they've been told,
and then sitting there and not getting any service
10. Sinatra on the juke box
Our friend Gail
got some water from Sally's and made a pizza.
She won $25,000 for her pizza recipe using water from the Ladies Room
You can hear the interview here,
or down load at the link below.
The $25,000 Pizza Recipe Interview
How our friend
Gail won a $25,000 contest on the Food Network for her
She also shares many of her pizza secrets.
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