Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Grand Slam! Ernie's Pizzeria hits a walk off Home Run in the Pizza Capital of the World!!

 It's Official. Ernie's Pizzeria Rocks 

New Haven Style Apizza out of the Park!


Like there is any debate anymore.
New Haven has been declared the
pizza Capital of the World.


On March 16, 10 years ago, I started the
Wooster Square Blossom Blog.

I was entrusted by the Historic Wooster Square Association to monitor and report on
Wooster Square's famed Cherry Trees
that line our Historic Hallowed Hanami Square.

I was to post pictures that would show
people when to head to the Square to see
the Cherry Blossoms.

You see, they don't always bloom on the day of the Annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

Since my wife, Cheryl Szczarba, basically
volunteered me, I set out to chart my way.

I've studied, researched, & predicted.

I blogged and I blogged.
And blogged some more.

Blogs were new, there wasn't any
GPS or many blogs. No facebook.
No twitter.

Just me with my annoying alliteration already.
For 10 years.

Back in the day, I'd walk my 
Italian Stallion Greyhound all over N'aven.

I was stopped all the time and asked,
get this, directions.

Yup, this WSBB is that old.

Old enough to be considered a leading
National Expert on Cherry Blossoms.

I've been in contact with my counterpart
at the National Park Service about
Wooster Square's Blossoms
as well as conversing about damage
due to climate change.

A couple of years ago National Geographic
did an article and I'm quoted as an
expert- Chief Bloomologist.

"The National Park Service, tasked with predicting peak bloom in advance of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, says it’s virtually impossible to say with accuracy more than 10 days from the actual event and human-induced climate change can make precise estimates even more challenging. Bart Connors Szczarba, a locally-dubbed “Chief Bloomologist” based in New Haven, Connecticut, notes that, “Until you see green buds, there won’t be blossoms. They fall into a pattern but can bloom out of nowhere!” He adds that cold winters are good for blossoms. “What's bad is warmth followed by snow and freeze, like Washington had last year or the year before.”

So what does this all have to do with Ernie's Pizzeria?

Not much, really.

The point is that there was so much to report on here in World Famous, Historic Wooster Square
well I just kept on blogging.

So in the off-season,
the other 46 weeks after charting
out the cherry blossoms, we
decided to spice things up
with a best pizza takeout contest!

But oh we Wooster Squarians, 
persnickety picky pizza New Englanders,
 had no idea what was
about to happen.

Since we have what we consider to be
the best pizza in the World
right here on Wooster Street.
Pepe's, Sally's, Abate's, 
now Zeneli's and 
Pasta Eataliana Trattoria Napoletana
you would think perhaps the votes
would lean in Wooster Square's way.

Out of nowhere, Westville's sleepy
Ernie's Pizzeria wins the First!

And the second.

And the Third.

Now, Ernie's Pizzeria has catapulted
into Worldwide Pizza Serious stardom.

No other acclaimed pizza places in New Haven can claim to be a winner ever in the 4 years of the
Wooster Square Blossom Blog
Great Pizza TakeOut Debate!

No wonder anymore!

If you don't believe me, go to YouTube and
search Ernie's Pizzeria.

Or, look at those perfect prized pies above!

But don't take it from me!

Here are quotes from the voting:

"Their mozzarella pizza is the best! So cheesy!"

"One thing that you can always count on at Ernie's is consistency. I've been eating Ernie's ever since I could eat pizza, back in the late 70s. There are many great choices in New Haven for apizza, but we always go back to Ernie's. Never had a bad pie there... maybe because there have only ever been 2 people making the pizzas, Ernie and now Pat. Same smile, same kind demeanor, same passion for delicious pizza. 
How do you top that?"

"Best Pizza, Best Friend. Awesome restaurant and staff!!! We love Pat!!

"Pat and the crew are like family!"

"I drive 15-20 mins just to pick up or dine in at Ernies. Pat not only makes a great pizza, but he's an even better guy. Respectful, humble, takes pride in the ingredients he buys."

"My vote is for Ernie's.
I have been going there since 1973.
Many great options in New Haven but Ernie's is my favorite."

"I am 47 years old been going since I was 3. Pat always remembers me. I live an hour away and make the drive multiple times a year."

And announcing our 
$100 Gift Certificate winner!

Bridgit S. from East Hampton Connecticut!
Bridget wrote:

 "We have been fans of Ernie's since the early 70's all of us 7 kids would look forward to the rare occasion that we could "go out for dinner"  Pat's parents were the nicest people on the planet and Pat has followed in their footsteps.  We now live in East Hampton, about 45 minutes away but not far is too far to travel for the best pizza in the world!"

So you see?
Ernie's Pizzeria is the real deal.

Haven't gone yet?

Eat in or take out, it is one classic Pizza Joint.
And Pat?
You've heard that his customers are like family.

Well? Guess what?
Pat and his famous smile are waiting
just for you. Tell them it's your first time,
make sure you get to meet Pat.
Tell them you heard about it right
here on the one and only
Wooster Square Blossom Blog.

Pat is a great guy, one of a kind.
Ernie taught him right.

Or you know what?
Just tell Pat congratulations.

Congratulation Ernie's Pizzeria.

Winner of the 4th Annual
Wooster Square Blossom Blog
Great Pizza TakeOut Debate!

See you at Ernie's
See You Round the Square!

Special thanks to our Sponsor, Cheryl Szczarba,
Realtor, Seabury Hill Realtors for
sponsoring this contest!!

Call Cheryl for all your Real Estate needs!

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