The Lunch Break Chronicles

with Chris Preovolos

Old School Pizzeria: Proof that college kids are spoiled

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OLD SCHOOL PIZZERIA: Lynch Road, Fairfield This blog has followed chef Derek Furino for a while now.  Beginning in 2011 when he assumed control of the kitchen at Behind the Net, the Darien Ice Rink snack bar.  Continuing into 2012 when he also helped open John Dough’s Pizza Bar in Norwalk.  After leaving John Dough’s, Furino […] [Read More]
Categories: food, pizza

Stamford slices shine on national pizza list

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When New York Magazine waded through hundreds of pizzas to name the best in the nation, they saved a spot for Stamford on the coveted Top 101 list. The magazine recently released a list of the top pizzas in the country for several different kinds of pizza. From deep-dish, New York style, new wave, thin […] [Read More]
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Some like it hot

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John Dough’s Pizza Bar in Norwalk was shut down for a few weeks by frankenstorm Sandy, but they are back in business with a “Man Versus Food” style pizza challenge. Here’s the deal: One small pizza Mozzarella Cherry peppers Jalapeño peppers Habanero hot oil Ghost chile hot oil Special hot tomato sauce One beer or […] [Read More]
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First taste: Norwalk’s New Haven slice

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JOHN DOUGH’S PIZZA BAR: 77 NORTH MAIN STREET, NORWALK Last month, Chris and I took a brief tour of the upcoming New Haven pizza joint in Norwalk. Chris is currently “stuck” honeymooning in Spain, but a few of us got a chance to try some of the pies. They are as legit as their siblings […] [Read More]
Categories: food, pizza

Today’s excuse to eat pizza

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September 5 is, apparently, national cheese pizza day. I’ve done a lot of research on this topic (two minutes on Google) and have scientifically determined that this is a made-up holiday. Compared to other made-up holidays (I’m looking at you, Groundhog Day), this really has a cause I can get behind. I suspect national cheese […] [Read More]
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Sneak peek: John Dough’s Pizza Bar in Norwalk

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JOHN DOUGH’S PIZZA BAR: 77 NORTH MAIN STREET, NORWALK “We’re going to introduce New Haven style pizza to SoNo.” If you’ve ever tried the pizza at Behind the Net in the Darien Ice Rink, you already know what owner Bill Ferguson and chef Derek Furino are all about. If things go forward as planned, they’ll […] [Read More]
Categories: bars, food, pizza

Anthony’s brings coal-fired pizza to Darien

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ANTHONY’S COAL FIRED PIZZA: 319 POST ROAD, DARIEN The first time I went to Anthony’s, shortly after they opened their doors in February, Chuck Locke, director of operations for the chain, told me I could take as many photos as I wanted, as long as I didn’t photograph the oven. That’s too bad, because the thing […] [Read More]
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Moe’s pizza joint: Tomatillo out, Cortina in in Bridgeport

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CORTINA: 960 MAIN STREET, BRIDGEPORT Tomatillo, we hardly knew ye. A few short months after Moe Gad opened this new Tomatillo location, he decided to switch up the cuisine from burritos to pizza. Moe told me this had a lot to do with the fact that, by his estimation, 90 percent of folks in Bridgeport will […] [Read More]
Categories: food, General, pizza

Darien’s Post Corner Pizza turns 40, slashes prices

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For its 40th anniversary, Darien’s popular Greek-style pie joint Post Corner Pizza is throwing itself the kind of party we can all get behind: throwback prices. I’m fashionably late to this, as the party has already started, but you can still grab a large cheese pizza for $6.50 if you make your way over by […] [Read More]
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Pizza throwdown: The best of the best

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If you’re reading this blog, you probably already know Connecticut is one of the country’s true pizza meccas, but which places really stand above the rest?  We’ve put together a list of the area’s best pizza joints, with one caveat. New Haven-style pies already get the lion’s share of the acclaim, so, in order to […] [Read More]
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