Pizza May Become the Official Food of This Unexpected State
New York, New Jersey, or Michigan likely come to mind when you're asked to name the home of the best pizza in the country. But there's another East Coast state that wants to claim pizza as its own.
State Rep. Patricia Dillon and Sen. Gary Winfield, both from New Haven, have proposed a piece of legislation to make pizza the official food of Connecticut, according to the Hartford Courant. The bill, which is only one-sentence long, aims "to recognize the contribution of pizza to the state's cuisine and economy." If passed, it would mark the first food item officially attributed to the Constitution State. (Related: The Saddest Restaurant Closures In Your State.)
Connecticut pizza isn't just delicious and unique, according to Dillon. It's also a community-building business propelled by local artisans. "For one thing, our pizza is great. For another, when you go to some states, you can get pizza in chain restaurants, but the pizza in Connecticut tends to be family-founding, family-owned," she told news outlets. "They have their own identity, their own following, and they're small businesses that really have a big footprint in their communities."
If you end up looking for pizza in Connecticut, don't be surprised if you come across plenty of apizza. The term is local slang for a New Haven-style thin-crust Neapolitan pizza—the biggest contribution to the colorful American pizza scene to come out of the state. It features a charred, crispy oblong crust made of long-fermenting dough, hand-crushed tomato sauce, and a topping of whole milk aged mozzarella.
Should you make a pilgrimage to New Haven to try what will hopefully soon be Connecticut's official state dish, you would be remiss not to go with one of the oldest original apizzerias, which date back almost a century. According to Eater, they include Pepe's Pizzeria Napoletana, also dubbed the granddaddy of New Haven’s pizza scene, Sally's Apizza, and Modern Apizza.
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