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After conducting an intense, two-day tour of New Haven pizzerias earlier this year, stuffing more slices down my throat than the average freshman class at Yale, I came to a surprising conclusion: Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza out-performs many of the famous joints found in the Connecticut town from which the D.C. place drew its inspiration. Pete’s crust is crisper and more flavorful, its toppings often fresher. A pie from Pete’s may not be a perfect substitute for the genuine New Haven experience—the pie makers here tend to ease off on the char because District eaters haven’t yet adopted a taste for those black blisters. But in some ways, it’s better than the genuine New Haven experience, particularly on those days when Sally’s is turning out limp, thin, and oversauced slices.

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