Modern was our first foray into New Haven pizza when we moved here, and I thought I found the runner-up to Totonno’s in Coney Island. (And if you’re a pizza fanatic who’s never been to James Beard winning Totonno’s well, that’s just unforgivable). I still think Modern is the king of crust: charred, never burnt, irregularly shaped and flavorful. The place is not far off the beaten path of Worcester street, but still boasts a line most days. It’s straight up tomato and mooz for me here but regulars devour the Italian Bomb (Sausage, Bacon, Pepperoni, Mushroom, Onion, Pepper & Garlic). After Zuppardi’s pizza (see below) Modern’s clam pizza was a bit of a disappointment. Good to know: small parking lot next door. www.modernapizza.com See our list of our favorite pies, here.