New Haven named top foodie city of 2014

Claire's Corner Copia in New Haven, Conn.
Claire's Corner Copia in New Haven, Conn.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– There’s some exciting news for local diners as New Haven was named the number one foodie city of  2014 by Livability.com.

New Haven beat out several other cities for the number one spot including Boston and Washington D.C., which appear later down the list.

“There’s a real foodie renaissance going on in U.S. cities,” says Livability.com Editor Matt Carmichael. “You’re seeing that coast to coast, but these cities really stand out as great places to live and eat.”

Inside Claire's Corner Copia in New Haven, Conn. (WTNH.com staff)
Inside Claire’s Corner Copia in New Haven, Conn. (WTNH.com staff)

The website acknowledged how New Haven residents embrace restaurants and take pride in knowing where their food comes from. Local farmers and regional cuisine is often showcased and supported by the city. They also noted that there are lots of opportunities to discover new flavors, textures and cooking techniques, along with healthy food choices.

“Our bottom line is people and when you care about people you want to feed them real food,” said Claire Criscuolo, owner of Claire’s Corner Copia.

Editors from the website analyzed data on how frequently families eat out at locally owned restaurants, how much the average resident spends on eating out, the accessibility to healthy foods and the quality of meat.

“At Livability, we like to find the smaller and mid-sized cities that, while they have smaller populations, can still compete with the big cities. New Haven has a great reputation, great restaurants and the data shows that the community helps support the local restaurants. That’s important, too,” said Carmichael.

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven, Conn.
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven, Conn.

Farmers markets and restaurants that use locally grown food were also taken into account. Critically acclaimed restaurants, chefs and winners of James Beard Foundation Awards are other things considered in making the list.

Some New Haven restaurants Livability.com names specifically include Louis’ Lunch, Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana and Claire’s Corner Copia.

“We’re honored to be mentioned and it’s no wonder that New Haven, Connecticut has been voted number one for food because we have great quality Italian restaurants and other restaurants around,” said Gary Bimonte, Director of Quality Assurance and Training at Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana.

“It’s putting people first and when you put them first, you care about the food and what they eat and where the food comes from. We are very grateful for the acknowledgement,” said Criscuolo.

The following list is Livability.com’s Top 10 Foodie Cities of 2014 in order:

  1. New Haven, CT
  2. Scottsdale, AZ
  3. Boston, MA
  4. Asheville, NC
  5. Traverse City, MI
  6. Berkeley, CA
  7. Boulder, CO
  8. Burlington, VT
  9. Omaha, NE
  10. Washington, D.C.
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