I grew up with NY pizza and have always been a fan, not just of one style, but of many. I grew to adore la vera pizza Napolitana over several visits to that beautiful Italian city. I love a good crust, good tomato sauce and good cheese above all, but less traditional pizzas also beguile me, especially if done well. Pepe's clam pizzas in New Haven, CT. certainly fit that mold. With artisanal pizza undergoing a bit of a renaissance in NYC of late, I had to try a few while I was there. Though there were others I would have liked to try like Motorino, I was only able to get to three - Jim Lahey's Co., The Grandaisy and Keste.
While Keste and Co. are related stylistically, Co. and The Grandaisy are related through business and history as the owner of Co., Jim Lahey and the owner of The Grandaisy,