Zuppardi’s Apizza putting taste of West Haven all over the map

WEST HAVEN — Zuppardi ’ s Apizza, one of the understate stalwarts among Connecticut pizza joints, has branched out and broadened its footprint this year — doubling mail-orders over last year and building a newly sweeping kitchen to put Zupp ’ sulfur on grocery store store shelves far and wide. long one of the most democratic pizza joints in both West Haven and Greater New Haven, Zuppardi ’ s — a region pizza parlor believed to be the second-oldest pizzeria in Connecticut after Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven — can nowadays be found in grocery store stores as far aside as Texas, its owners say. In holocene years, Zuppardi ’ south, which celebrated its eightieth anniversary in 2014, besides added its own pizza hand truck and began serving pies at an outpost at The Hops Co. in Derby .
On the mail-order front, Zuppardi ’ s expects this year to ship 1,000 orders of six, 10-inch pizza, said sisters Lori Zuppardi and Cheryl Zuppardi Pearce, grandaughters of the late Domenico and Angelina Zuppardi and daughters of the late Anthony and Frances Zuppardi.

They spoke as they and more than a twelve friends, relatives and co-workers put the coating touches on packing 146 orders Monday, which they expected to be their busiest day of the year. Among those on the scene was 9-month-old Sebastian Ormrod, Lori Zuppardi ’ second grandson, who didn ’ triiodothyronine do a lot work but kept his aunt, Brittany Nadeau, and other relatives entertained .
Zuppardi ’ mho has now shipped its pies to all 50 states — they ultimately added holdout Kansas this class after a Zupp ’ s fan bought six pies to ship to a Kansas soup kitchen therefore they could cross the department of state off their list .
Monday ’ south shipments included one club of six pies to Hawaii. Like all of Zuppardi ’ s orders, it was freeze, wrapped in fictile and carefully packed in a white corrugate box lined on six sides with Styrofoam, with a brick of dry methamphetamine on circus tent .
The packing is a syndicate operation that is just separate of what Christmas is all about if you ’ re a Zuppardi, said cousin Pat DiNenno of West Haven, who used to work at the restaurant when her aunt and uncle owned it. She however helps out each December .

“ I love it ! ” said DiNenno as she wrapped the last couple of boxes — going to Bridgeport and Florida — in green tape .
“ We ’ rhenium more like sisters than cousins — we grew up together, ” she said as “ Silent Night ” played out of a nearby ceiling speaker. “ I look ahead to it every year — it ’ s contribution of Christmas for us ! ”
Domenic Zuppardi, an immigrant from Maiori, Italy — the like town as Frank Pepe — opened the restaurant on Union Avenue just off Main Street in 1934 .
Lori Zuppardi, who oversees the mail-order process ( her sister oversees the pizza construct ) attributed the addition at least in separate to sponsored Facebook ads and Instagram posts that her son, Jimmy Ormrod — Sebastian ’ south dad, who runs the food truck and Hops Co. operations — began putting up .
Zuppardi ’ second besides garned high-profile attention this year from the Pizza By Munchies show on Vice television, american samoa well as its inclusion in the annual Daily Meal pizza ratings, which this year rated Zuppardi ’ randomness as the 58th best pizzeria in the state .
( Zuppardi ’ s was close behind No. 1 Pepe ’ sulfur, No. 3 Colony Grill Pizza in Stamford, No. 4 modern Apizza in New Haven, No. 6 Sally ’ s Apizza in New Haven, No. 20 Mulberry Street Pizza in Manchester and No. 22 Bru Room at Bar in New Haven, and equitable ahead of No. 27 Roseland Apizza in Derby. )

One critic, Ed Levine of Slice.SeriousEats.com, once called Zuppardi ’ s white clam proto-indo european “ the fantastic slam of clam pizza, the best dollar proto-indo european I ’ ve ever had. ”
Cheryl Zuppardi Pearce ’ randomness daughter, Cheri Zuppardi, has been working unvoiced all class to get the new U.S. Department of Agriculture -certified sweeping kitchen up and running in a nearby build up on Main Street — and as of Monday had it stocked with “ thousands ” of frigid Zuppardi ’ randomness pies ready to go out to stores .
Cheri Zuppardi does casual pizza show in the stores it ’ south in. She ’ ll be doing one this weekend on Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 post meridiem at the Shop Rite store in Norwalk, she said .
While Zuppardi ’ s is hush working on getting into some identify Greater New Haven stores, the pizza presently are available at Cingari family-owned Shop Rite stores in Derby, Shelton, Fairfield, Danbury, Norwalk and Southbury, Cheri Zuppardi said .
It ’ randomness besides available at Caron ’ s Corner in Branford, the three Caraluzzi ’ second stores in Newtown, Bethel and Wilton, Brody ’ s Seafood Market and Deli in Norwich and Pat ’ s IGA in Wolcott — deoxyadenosine monophosphate well as much farther afield at 10 central Market supermarkets in Texas .
She expects to get into other area stores after the first of the year .
Zuppardi ’ s recently was contacted by a former Zuppardi ’ mho employee, Julianna Krizsan, a erstwhile New Havener who immediately lives in Texas and was thrilled to be able to pick up a Zuppardi ’ s pizza at a cardinal market in San Antonio .
How did Zuppardi ’ s make the connection to a supermarket chain in Texas ?
“ He contacted me, ” Cheri Zuppardi said of the buyer for central Market, who she said is in the first place from New Jersey and knew that Greater New Haven is known for great pizza. Zuppardi ’ s initially sent him 21/2 pallets — about 1,400 pies — “ and he sold them within 21/2 to 3 weeks, ” she said .
More recently, “ I precisely got a call from a ridicule in North Carolina, ” she said. “ They want to put our pizza in there. ”
Because it ’ s even very much a little business, Cheri Zuppardi reasonably much runs the wholesale operation herself, but being a family occupation, “ everybody helps when I need the help, ” she said.

Zuppardi ’ s, located at 179 Union Ave., is open from 11 ante meridiem to 9 post meridiem Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m.-10 post meridiem Fridays and Saturdays or noon-8:30pm Sundays and can be reach during those hours at 203-934-1949, or anytime at zuppardisapizza.com .
mark.zaretsky @ hearstmediact.com