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Finally! Good pizza in Trumbull

The Madison Ave. Pizza: paper-thin prosciutto, arugula and cheese

There’s no easy way to say this, so I’m just going to come out with it. While towns like Fairfield, Westport and Bridgeport are hot on the dining scene, Trumbull is a culinary wasteland. Looking for wonderful schools, lots of parks, the mall? Then Trumbull is your place. Looking for a great meal or even some decent takeout? Move along. Yes, the town has two or three popular restaurants, but no one specifically comes to Trumbull to go out to dinner. In fact, ask any Trumbullite and they’ll tell you they go to Monroe, Milford or Fairfield when they want to dine out.

When I heard that a new pizza place opened last weekend in Trumbull, I frankly didn’t have high hopes. I figured it was yet another mediocre take-out joint. But Mr. EatDrink felt like talking a walk one night and the new restaurant seemed like a good excuse to get out.

Madison Pizza (4235 Madison Ave.) is located next to Best Edibles and across from  P.J.’s Garden Exchange. There’s a small dining area with about six tables, but business is largely take-out. The menu includes appetizers liked Fried Calamari ($7.99), Chicken Tenders ($6.99) and Spinach and Artichoke Dip ($7.99). There are soups, a variety of salads, calzones and pizzas. Some of the more interesting pizza choices include a Seafood Pizza (with shrimp, clams, scallops, fresh garlic and mozzarella), Philly Steak (steak with onions, peppers and mozzarella) and Hawaiian (imported ham with pineapple and mozzarella). Entrees include staples like Chicken Parmigiana ($13.99), Eggplant Rollatini ($13.99) and Penne alla Vodka ($10.99).

We ordered a garden salad, a pepperoni pizza and a Madison Ave pizza, which had arugula, prosciutto de parma, fontina and mozzarella with infused roasted garlic olive oil. The salad was large and fresh, with a good mix of greens, vegetables and olives, and the house balsamic dressing was smooth with just enough tartness. My son gave the pepperoni pizza a thumb’s up (which, believe me, is high praise). As for the Madison Ave. pizza, it was excellent. The prosciutto was paper thin and was draped upon piles of fresh arugula. The crust was thin, crisp and sweet. I can’t tell you how happy I was to find thin pizza in Trumbull.

The restaurant is owned by a local family. They’re admittedly still ironing out some of the kinks (delivery has been tricky, but they’re working on that). I think the town is just so desperate for something new that Madison Pizza has been inundated with hungry locals. Fortunately, they’re coming away satisfied. We can only hope that this is the start of a new culinary trend in Trumbull.

Madison Pizza

4235 Madison Ave., Trumbull

(203) 459-9492

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

(Note: they do not have a liquor license)

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11 Responses

  1. Mo says:

    Enjoyed reading about a new place in Trumbull. We have been living here for many years now and Gioves is a favorite. Delivery is always timely and correct with very friendly people. The staff is great and treats us like family. We love the food there and will be loyal customers. I will check out the new place, though and see how it is. Thanks for the review.

  2. Sharon P. says:

    Thanks for the upfront and honest review! I agree that the culinary options in Trumbull are very limited, and although I have not yet tried Madison Pizza, I now look forward to checking them out, just after finding this review by accident while searching for general Trumbull News updates. I also recently noticed a delivery car rushing orders for this place while on the the road. Ironic!
    Oh, and IMHO, Old Town was always just “ok” for me and my husband. I’m a foodie, he’s not, but we were BOTH underwhelmed by their food quality and so so service.
    Looking for good pizza that harkens to NY or New Havens’s Pepe’s? Then try Franco G’s, just a block up from Marissa’s, on that little side street Broadway. FYI: Take out is better than sit down (b/c the table service is lame, and the atmosphere is typical, in a roadside diner sort of way), but pizza is super yummy for the buck!

  3. Chris says:

    The Madison Ave Pizza was alright but the service was not very good. On our list of pizza places in the Trumbull area it sits 3rd, above Gioves but below Old Town (#1) and American Pie (#2).

  4. Madison Pizza says:

    We are so pleased and overwhelemed with the positive reviews and so many people liking our product. Pizzalover, Please know, we have been in the food business a long time and know the value of a producing a quality product, AND customer services. We are a family business, have one pizza oven, so during high volume times, especially Friday nights, the phone is ringing off the hook…(People tell us it is a good problem to have). We are doing our best and our pizza are made to order with the freshest ingredients and baked in a brick lined oven (not a conveyor belt oven). We sincerely appreciate peoples patiences and plan to live up to our motto “Quality Ingredients…Better Pizza”. Please visit our website

  5. Ginny says:

    Just got pizza from here it was awsome, got the Madison Pizza and OMG so good. I live in Trumbull and this will be my new go to Pizza place and I agree we don’t have a lot of choices in this town. Try Tulia’s that place awsome too,get the Moody Chips.

  6. Pizzalover says:

    Too bad their service is horrific. Just called 3 times to place an order. First time put on hold and forgotten, second call goes to voicemail, 3rd call finally someone takes my order. If they want to survive they better learn quickly that service in this business is everything.

  7. Kristy says:

    People come to Monroe for take out? Our restaurants are just as limited and weak as trumbull.

  8. Patti Woods says:

    Johnny, yes, Marisa’s does a great business. Hopefully this is the start of a new trend.
    Deanna, you have a good point. I find that I’m constantly frustrated by the mediocrity that is offered in town. All too often it seems like some of our local restaurants do a half-baked job because there is no other competition. If we had more of a choice, I don’t doubt that quality and service would improve by leaps and bounds.

  9. Deanna says:

    I am a “Trumbullite” and I eat regularly in Trumbull. You could have given this restaurant a good review without bashing other great places in Trumbull and taking a condescending tone.

  10. Johnny Gotz says:

    Although i agree that Trumbull is a culinary wasteland (having lived there for many years) I do believe that Marisa’s deserves an honarable mention. Now living in Fairfield, we will venture back to Marisa’s for their great menue and atmosphere. Let the trend begin… PLEASE!

  11. Ted Scott says:

    Old Town Restaurant. Nuff said.