Nestled alongside I-95N in Mystic, CT, you will find what many say is the best pizza in New London County. Mango’s Wood-Fired Pizza Co. is the perfect place for a pit stop and quick bite. The restaurant is named after a tour guide, Mango, who the owner met on vacation. Connecticut is known for its New Haven pizza. However, this pizza, in my opinion, can compete with best of them, and is why the restaurant was packed on Easter weekend. The variety and creativity in the menu keeps customers coming back.
My family and I stopped at Mango’s on Saturday morning at around 11:45 am, where we found the place already hopping. Connecticut is passionate for an early, cheesy slice! I am a big eater and like to try a little bit of everything. Before pizza, we had to sample a few orders of Oma’s meatballs. The hand rolled meatballs were succulent and perfectly seasoned, topped with pomodoro sauce and parmesan cheese.
We followed this up with four pizzas: two regular and two white. Sticking to my roots, I ordered the classic white clam pizza as I am well versed in the art of this pie and it serves as a good baseline. The White Clam Pie is one of Mango’s specialties, and it did not disappoint. The clams were juicy, savory, and the memory makes me want to trek up the highway to steal another bite.
We also tried the prosciutto and arugula white pizza that was good, not great. And… what is a pizza place without the margherita? This pie was my second favorite of the day, as the sauce stole the show. The homemade crushed plum tomato sauce was the perfect consistency and had just the right amount of sugar in order to preserve the quintessential sweet essence. On the other hand, I was disappointed that there was a poor sauce to cheese ratio. This is vital for each element of the pizza to be cultivated to its maximum potential. In this case, the excess of cheese overpowered the amazing sauce. Last but not least, my favorite pizza was the “Funky Monkey.” It was as interesting as it sounds: classic cheese pizza topped with sausage, onions, and banana peppers. Yes, banana peppers. If you are feeling adventurous, I would highly recommend this pizza. It surpassed all of our expectations.
In spite of the great toppings and sauce, I would have to dock Mango’s a few points for their crust. New Haven Pizza is well rounded from crust to dough to sauce to cheese, however Mango’s dough and crust were a dud compared to their sensational toppings.
At the end of the day, what sets Mango’s Pizza apart is that all pizzas are made by hand, and all ingredients are locally sourced. This Mystic favorite will soon be your favorite spot when you get tired of New Haven Pizza.
Olde Mistick Village (next to Mystic Aquarium)
27 Coogan Boulevard
Mystic, CT 06355