Litchfield: Haley’s Pizzeria

Haley's Pizzeria Litchfield NH french fries and chicken tender pizza

The skinny: By visiting Haley’s Pizzeria in Litchfield, we’ve visited the second — and we believe final — pizza joint in town.Pizzas at Haley’s start at $7.75 for a small and $10.75 for a large. Start adding on between $1-$1.75 for toppings.

Haley’s avoids falling for the standard small-town pizza joint trap by offering options such as double dough (extra $1.50/$2), white sauce ($1.25/$1.75) and, most interestingly, pink sauce ($1.25/$1.75).

The pizzeria also offers 17 signature and specialty pizzas. Try pies such as The Carmie ($10.99/$16.99), which has homemade roasted red sauce, caramelized onions and fresh mozzarella; the Breakfast Pizza ($12.99/$18.99), which is topped with green peppers, onions, ham, bacon, tomatoes, eggs and mushrooms; and the Garbage Pizza ($14.99/$21.99), loaded with mushrooms, onions, green peppers, black olives, sausage, ham, pepperoni, hamburg and bacon.

Calzones are also available, starting at $9.99.

Review: Prior to heading to Litchfield, we tweeted with Haley’s Pizzeria for a few suggestions. The one we took up was a large Chicken Tenders & French Fries ($15.99). Yes, on top of the pizza.

When the pizza came out, Andrew thought it looked spectacular and ridiculous at the same time.

The combination of the chicken and fries provided a great crunch. The fries, in particular, are the style that seems to stay crispy forever, thanks to advances in french fry technology. There was more fries on top than chicken, but each bite of the pizza had a little bit of each. The toppings themselves weren’t anything different from what you can get at other pizzerias. (We also could have opted for the Buffalo Tenders & Spicy Fries pie for $17.69, which could have made the difference in taste impact Deidre was looking for.)

The pizza was a little light on the cheese, which we were OK with — especially since Deidre thought it wasn’t greasy at all. Andrew thought it added just the right amount of creaminess — probably pure mozzarella — to the mix.

The sauce was also slightly on the light side, but in a proportional way. We both found it on the sweet side, which complemented the toppings well.

The crust was very soft and easy to eat, which we also thought was nice considering the crunchiness of the toppings; a crunchier crust may have just been too much and not as easy to eat. Deidre found the crust to be thinner than she expected, and the end crust was one of the thinner ones she’s had.

Andrew wasn’t sure what to expect with the cold pizza. Grease can kill a pizza, and this one had fried things on top if it. But surprisingly, it had no congealed grease on top. All that was there was the still crunchy fries and chicken, and the more understated cheese and sauce. Andrew had no idea how this pizza held up so well, but it did.

Rating: Deidre: 4 / Andrew: 4.5 = 8.5/10 slices

Haley’s Pizzeria
469 Charles Bancroft Highway (Route 3A), Litchfield
424-4700, www.haleyspizzeria.com

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