10 Of Connecticut’s Hidden-Gem Pizzas: What Made The List?

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 10 Of Connecticut’s Hidden-Gem Pizzas: What Made The List?

Suzie Hunter, smhunter@courant.com Specialty/signature pie: Great Smokey Mountain, ($15.99, 12-inch; and $20.99, 18-inch). Topped with seasoned shaved steak, caramelized onions, green peppers, housemade steak sauce and a smooth, melty blend of provolone and American cheeses.

Suzie Hunter, smhunter@courant.com
Specialty/signature pie: Great Smokey Mountain, ($15.99, 12-inch; and $20.99, 18-inch). Topped with seasoned shaved steak, caramelized onions, green peppers, housemade steak sauce and a smooth, melty blend of provolone and American cheeses.

Suzie Hunter, smhunter@courant.com The cheese pizza from Fireside Brick Oven Creations. 1661 CT-12, Gales Ferry.

Suzie Hunter, smhunter@courant.com
The cheese pizza from Fireside Brick Oven Creations. 1661 CT-12, Gales Ferry.

September 30, 2015 – Hartford Courant: Leeanne Griffin, Contact Reporter – We’ve been teasing you for a month with pics of our pizza adventures. Wait no more: CT’s hidden gems

It’s probably safe to say that pizza is Connecticut’s most beloved food. Between its history of coal-fired pizzerias in greater New Haven and newer gourmand places experimenting with burrata, truffles and fried eggs, the Nutmeg State is home to hundreds of pizza joints firing up dozens of styles.

So we reached out to our readers through social media to hear about their favorite hidden gems, those pies that hold special places in their hearts and have brightened countless Friday nights after long workweeks, the fun, relaxed dives that encourage you to come as you are and kick back with a pie and a beer.

In honor of National Pizza Month (October), we wanted to experience your hometown favorites for ourselves, tasting a cheese and specialty pie from 10 restaurants, chosen based on number of suggestions and geographic representation, from Litchfield to New London counties. Click on the full gallery here.

Fireside Brick Oven Creations, Ledyard

Specialty/signature pieGreat Smokey Mountain, ($15.99, 12-inch; and $20.99, 18-inch): We’re intrigued by all the dishes coming out of Fireside’s wood-fired brick oven: wings, stuffed jalapenos, gourmet flatbreads, sandwiches and even dessert pizzas (s’mores, anyone?) The menu at this restaurant in the Gales Ferry section of Ledyard is extensive and it’s tough to settle on just one specialty pie, but we made a good choice with the Great Smokey Mountain, which replicates the flavors of a cheese steak on Fireside’s hearty, blistered crust. It’s got seasoned shaved steak, caramelized onions, green peppers, house-made steak sauce and a smooth, melty blend of provolone and American cheeses, and it officially won over our resident expert, Philadelphia native @TheSuzieHunter. (Note: Fireside is closed for vacation until Oct. 13.) firesideboc.com.

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