March 19, 2007

Weekend plans: pizza and fossils

We escaped this weekend. We bundled the children into the car and escaped with them to that well known tourist destination: New Haven, CT. Ok, it actually was a lot nicer than I had expected. There were loads of beautiful buildings and nicely groomed streets.

We started off at Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, making pizza in New Haven since 1925 in coal fired brick ovens. The pies came out on superbly crisp crusts. The kids and the Viking Bride split one pizza while I had my own small one with anchovies, sausage, cheese and mushrooms. The kids bravely tried the anchovies but did not care for them. The pizza was worth a trip all by itself. Really. Pepe's is most famous for the white clam pizza, which I will certainly try next time. Here's a review of the place, if you are interested.

Apres lunch, we got back in the car and headed over to the Peabody Museum of Natural History to check out the dinosaurs. There were plenty of fossils to excite interest. One of the guidebooks said that the musuem had a collection of shrunken heads which sparked a nice little discussion in the car about cannibals. The kids were interested in cooking methods, among other things.

The museum was quite lovely and we went ahead and joined, especially since we found out that we could then sign up for sleepovers with the dinosaurs, which I think that the children would adore doing. I would, of course, hate it, but would force myself to go. Ahem. Small museums, while lacking the resources and world beating curatorial staffs, are almost always worth a visit and have quite a lot of charm on their own.

All in all, a successful Sunday outing.

Posted by Random Penseur at March 19, 2007 09:57 AM | TrackBack

Pizza and the Peabody Museum: a great itinerary. You make me want to go to New Haven!

Posted by: MCNS at March 19, 2007 11:54 AM

That sounds like a very good time. I too love small museums. Especially as they are often less crowded and more kid-friendly (even Big Kids).

Posted by: caltechgirl at March 20, 2007 03:56 PM

We do Pepe's and the Peabody every time we are out East. The kids love the Irish Elk there - they have him tucked in the corner before the big hall - and I love the white clam pizza... Try it, with or without some pork fat. Portugese love the pork and clams combo and they are smart to do so.

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