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Here is a semi-horrible admission. During four years of college here in New Haven, I all-but-skipped the Wooster Street pizza scene.
I knew it was there, but I just couldn't be bothered to haul myself across town and wait in line for pizza. That was ... well, it was a long time ago. But in the intervening century, the mystique of New Haven "apizza" has done nothing but intensify.
Here in my dotage, I've decided to educate myself, with the help of two food writers and one pizza snob.
So today at City Hall, we'll taste and discuss Pepe's, Modern Apizza and, a newcomer to the scene, Bar, a downtown brewery and pizza spot that has made a place for itself in the heavyweight pizza pantheon.
Yes, there is one other famous pizza place.
No, they didn't want to be involved.
Pizza eaters and talkers will include: Film-maker (and New Haven pizza snob) Gorman Bechard, food writer and etiquette maven Rand Richards Cooper and New York Times restaurant critic Stephanie Lyness.
This episode was produced with (much) assistance from Jonathan McNicol.