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    Thursday, June 20, 2024

    Review: Ignazio’s brings its New York-style pizza to Mystic

    The shrimp pizza at Ignazio’s in Mystic (Ann Baldelli)
    The white clam pizza at Ignazio’s (Ann Baldelli)
    Ignazio’s meatballs (Ann Baldelli)
    The exterior of Ignazio’s in Mystic (Ann Baldelli)

    Open for about eight months now, Ignazio’s (pronounced In-yats-zio’s) in Mystic bills itself as serving New York-style pizza, the same as the highly rated pies at its sibling restaurant in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City.

    The pizza is very good, Neapolitan, and Sicilian style; the Neapolitan with a thin, airy, wood-fired-oven baked crust that’s got just the right crunch, flavor and bite.

    Their toppings are fresh, like the shrimp on the specialty pizza that is served with mozzarella, smoked slab bacon, roasted red peppers, garlic, and olive oil. Our waitress told us they buy the shrimp from J&R Seafood right across the street.

    It was a gastronomic delight, the intoxicating combination of whole crisp shrimp with the roasted peppers, bacon, and mozzarella. The large is $33 and the medium, $26.

    We also tried the white clam pizza, which was loaded with chopped clams and sprinkled with oregano, garlic, parsley, lemon, and olive oil. It was equally as good and piping hot, fresh out of the oven. We got the small for $16, but it also comes in medium ($23) or large ($32).

    They’ve got interesting appetizers and one of the most popular is Estelle’s Meatballs, $12. It is a big plate, with three good-sized moist and flavorful meatballs, and for $2 more, they melt mozzarella over the top. You can get those meatballs as a hero sandwich for the same price.

    On past visits, we have tried the stuffed artichokes and were disappointed they had run out the night we recently visited. The artichokes are filled with bread crumbs, garlic, parsley, creamy ricotta, roasted red peppers, and olive oil. For $12, they are a deal. But they were out, so we tried the stuffed mushrooms, $11, instead.

    They were good, but not as tasty as the artichokes. There were six of them, each packed with a mixture of bread crumbs, parsley, garlic, pecorino, oil-cured olives, and olive oil. If you like olives, get the stuffed mushrooms.

    The chicken wings were prepared in the wood-fired oven, and they were plump, moist, and meaty. You can get Buffalo or barbecue, and they are six for $8 or a dozen for $15. Of course, they are served with the obligatory celery, carrots, and blue cheese dressing.

    On past visits, we have tried the Caesar salad and the house salad, which includes all the usual fixings. Both are $12, and for $4 more, you can add chicken, or for $6 shrimp. Both are freshly made, ample, and a good addition with a pizza or an appetizer.

    Ignazio’s sells pizza by the slice, including its Sicilian, which our waitress told is a square, with a thick but light crust, topped with different cheeses and Italian plum tomato sauce. Slices run $4 to $5.

    The sauce on the Sicilian pizza is what was served with the meatballs, and it was light and hearty in the same bite. Some red sauces can be thick and dark, but the texture and color of this sauce is light, and it is flavorful with little bites of whole tomato and deliciously seasoned.

    Among their specialty pizzas are a Tex-Mex, with cheddar, salsa, jalapenos, black olives, onions, cilantro, avocado, and a drizzled honey crust. They also make a Pineapple, Ham, and Bacon Pie, which is finished with drizzled maple syrup. For traditionalists, they prepare a pizza with just Italian plum tomato sauce, mozzarella, pecorino, and herbs. Depending on the toppings and the size, pizzas range from about $15 to $33.

    There are so many restaurants for locals and visitors to choose from in the greater Mystic area, and Ignazio’s has already gained a following, both with sit-down and take-out customers. Pizza is their specialty, but it seems that there is something for almost everyone on their menu.

    Ignazio’s

    42 Williams Ave., Mystic

    (860) 370-4900

    Search Ignazio’s Pizza Mystic to find them on social media.

    Atmosphere: It’s bright inside, with big windows and overhead lights in colors like flamingo pink, chartreuse, sapphire blue, and tangerine orange. The big attraction is the bright red, wood-fired oven where they cook the pizzas and a lot of the other food.

    Alcohol: No

    Hours: Wednesday to Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.; Sundays 4 to 7:45 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday.

    Prices: Reasonable

    Credit cards: Yes

    Handicapped accessibility: Yes

    Outdoor seating: Yes

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