Libby’s Italian Pastry Shop is a traditional Italian bakery located in the heart of the New Haven’s Little Italy. They sell gelato, cakes, and cookies by the dozen. They do not sell single cookies (other than cannoli) so be prepared to purchase a box to go. Expect to find traditional Italian cookies flavored with anise seed, and an amazing selection of cannoli, pasticciotti, spumoni, and Zeppole di San Guiseppe cookies. After gorging on pizza at Frank Pepe’s Pizzaria, you should head to Libby’s for a sweet treat - or a dozen - which is the perfect close to a meal. They have ample indoor cafe-style seating that has a 1950's or 1960's feel and several outdoor benches.
I read a lot, so of course I am a huge lover of bookstores and cafes. Atticus Bookstore Cafe, located in downtown New Haven, is the perfect mix of the two. In addition to selling a wide selection of books for both children and adults, they also serve delicious coffee, tea, soups, sandwiches, salads, and sweet treats. They have ample room to sit and have special take-away coffee deals. Atticus Bookstore Café has been open for over 30 years and has become the destination for students, locals, tourists, and celebrities. On your next visit to New Haven you should add Atticus Bookstore Café to your must-visit list.
The city of New Haven is diverse, historic, cultured, and home to the venerable Yale University. But what it’s really known for is pizza. New Haven-style pizza, derived from Neapolitan pie and sometimes spelled “apizza” (and pronounced a-peetz, though this is hardly required when ordering) has a thin, charred crust and less cheese than other regional varieties.
There are numerous places to get your pizza fix in New Haven. The most famous, and the first (it dates from 1925) is Pepe’s. Next is Pepe’s long-time rival, Sally’s. Modern is frequently the third spot mentioned. So why do I recommend Bar? First of all, the space is cool yet comfortable. Second, though Bar might be packed, it’s less likely to attract long lines of tourists ve read one line about Pepe’s vs. Sally’s in a magazine. Third, you can multitask here: it’s not just a restaurant but a nightclub and, unsurprisingly, a bar (with house-brewed beers.) And most importantly, the pizza – which comes with a vast array of topping choices - is delicious.
Burn it off with a walk around the green, the boutique-lined streets surrounding the Yale campus, or one of the parks on the waterfront.
The New Haven Pizza scene is dominated by a pizza war between Sally’s and Frank Pepe's. As in any pizza war there is always a flavorful winner. In this case it is Frank Pepe's by a long shot. The pizza at Pepe's is served on a giant tray that practically covers the entire table. I love the spinach and salami topped pizza but there are numerous other toppings that you order to create your perfect custom pizza. There are now several locations of Pepe's but the original remains the best and is located on Wooster Street in New Haven’s Little Italy. The pizza tastes just as it did in Italy.