Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Harry's Pizza : Hartford

My gf and I were flipping through this year's Hartford Advocate Reader's Poll. Some of the results are somewhat suspect and/or rather sad, such as the area's best coffee going to Dunkin' Donuts, but other recommendations seemed worth a shot. The area's best pizza, for example, Harry's Pizza in West Hartford seemed like a fairly valid pick.

So we wander on over to West Hartford, which if you've never been, is a yuppies' paradise. It's a mecca of fancier versions of Crate & Barrel, Anne Taylor, yoga clothing stores, and other restaurants and stores geared towards the white suburban upper middle class demographic. Everyone also dresses like it's J.Crew land.

And Harry's Pizza fits in with the area; it's purportedly casual, but only because of its surroundings. In other words, it's not casual with some fat hairy dude in a sweaty white tank top taking your order. Instead, it's fairly attractive, well dressed females taking your order. It's a place that West Hartford youths could go to hang out.

We order a take-out of the recommended Portofino pizza, "a white pie with asparagus, shrimp, red onion, lemon and bacon."

The large pizza comes out to $28, not exactly cheap. The pizza box also has instructions on how to reheat the pizza: "1) Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. 2) Put the pizza in for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese starts bubbling. Also, **Do Not Reheat in the microwave.** If you do, we are watching and you shall be banned from our world forever....

But for all of my eye-rolling at the ridiculous yuppie'esque atmosphere, the pizza is absolutely marvelous. And it's not just "this is good considering we're in Hartford," but it's a frickn' do-a-wacky-dance solid pie. The crust is thin and crunchy, the shrimp are cooked just right and not dry at all, and the cheese is creamy and fairly sophisticatedly flavored. Maybe these yuppies are on to something after all.

Anyways, I know New Haven is known for the pizzas and everything and I've yet to try them, but I'm thinking that Harry's can stand on its own against them.

Harry's Pizza
1003 Farmington Ave. West Hartford, CT (Map)
(860) 231-7166
($Hartford, $Pizza, $Recommended)

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