If there is one thing Connecticut is known for, it’s their pizza.  Check out some of these great pizza pies. — Stephanie Geary

Vito’s By the Park is not only located in a great spot but also has some of the best pizza in Connecticut. Situated in downtown Hartford with a great view of Bushnell Park, Vito’s By the Park offers an authentic Italian meal experience. From specialty pizzas like the chicken pesto and shrimp and Gorgonzola, to Chicago deep-dish pies, Vito’s By the Park has it all. Vito’s is open Monday through Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 4 to 9 p.m.

Family-owned pizzeria Harry’s Pizza offers upscale, authentic Neapolitan pizza that is some of the best pizza in Connecticut. It’s this traditional fare that people come all over for. The thin- crust, Neapolitan gourmet pizza has traditional elements as well as fresh vegetables, if you want. Harry’s also uses local, organic, native tomatoes and fresh basil. Harry’s has won several awards for its pizza from Hartford Advocate and Hartford Magazine.

Another Harry’s in West Hartford – Harry’s Bishop’s Corner Pizza – has also routinely been voted Best Pizza in Hartford by Hartford Magazine in 2010 and 2008. What makes Harry’s Bishop’s Corner Pizza so great? Its thin crust, fresh ingredients and different specialty pizza choices. At Harry’s Bishop’s Corner Pizza, not only can customers get traditional toppings, but they can also get seasonal pizzas including the fall special: white pizza with roasted butternut squash, pancetta, fresh sage and a drizzle of Vermont maple syrup.

One restaurant that has some of the best pizza in Connecticut is South Whitney Pizza Restaurant. Its medium-thick crust and delicious sauce make up the perfect pizza pie. Customers can get a wide variety of toppings. Sheet pan pizzas are also offered for larger crowds. South Whitney Pizza Restaurant is also a favorite among the college crowd because they offer free delivery, seven days a week, with a minimum order of $7.

You can’t talk about Connecticut pizza without talking about Pepe’s in New Haven. And not only is Pepe’s one of the best in Connecticut, it’s one of the best in the country. New Haven is home to some of the best pizza and Pepe’s tops the list. The original one on Wooster Street has been around since 1925 and has expanded its business to areas throughout Connecticut. It’s classic, New Haven-style thin crust pizza with just pies and salad on the menu. An assorted list of toppings comes along with a few specialty pies. Open seven days a week with Monday through Saturday hours from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday hours from noon to 10 p.m.

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If you’re talking about Pepe’s you’ve got to talk about Sally’s, located on the same street, minutes away. This New Haven pizza staple has been around since 1938 and has brought customers fresh, handmade pizza for years upon years. Made in a coal-fired oven, everyone from locals to celebrities have eaten at this famous establishment. It’s an old school-type place, featuring some lengthy waits to be seated as well as at times, some waiting to get pizza, but the experience is worth the time. Take out is available and credit cards are not accepted. Hours are: Monday: Closed; Tuesday – Saturday: 5 to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday: 5 to 10 p.m. Closed for select vacation weeks in February and December.