This is the one thing you have to eat in CT, according to Food & Wine

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In California, it's tacos. In Maine, it's lobster rolls. And in Connecticut, "The One Thing You Have To Eat In Every State" is white clam pizza, according to Food & Wine.

The recent list of America's best regional foods answers the question, "If you had time to eat one thing in every state, what would it be?"

"As a magazine, over the decades of celebrating the very best of food and drink, we've come to greatly appreciate each state's unique contributions to American food culture — that's how this list came to be," Food & Wine editors wrote.

The writeup on Connecticut acknowledges New Haven's status as "one of America's most important pizza cities, a designation it takes very seriously" and nods to the history of Wooster Street institutions Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana and Sally's Apizza.

"Chances are, however, you're in the market for a more modern New Haven classic — the white clam pie, a tomato-less pizza topped with freshly-shucked littleneck clams," editors noted. "While Pepe's has achieved the most fame, the one at Zuppardi's Apizza in West Haven has been a sleeper hit for years — not terribly famous outside of the region, but absolutely one of New Haven's most essential pizzas."

Fresh Clam pizza being made at Zuppardi's in West Haven on April 23, 2021.

Fresh Clam pizza being made at Zuppardi's in West Haven on April 23, 2021.

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Hearst readers recently chose Zuppardi's as one of Connecticut's most underrated pizzerias — though many would consider it one of the heavyweights of the New Haven apizza scene. The West Haven landmark also opened a new slice shop and takeout location in Ansonia earlier this year.

The lobster roll reigned supreme in Maine (where Food & Wine acknowledges its version is "just cooked and chilled lobster tossed with a bit of mayonnaise, scooped onto a toasted and buttered split-top roll," as opposed to Connecticut's preference of hot butter). In Massachusetts, ice cream is the must-have treat, and in New Hampshire, the winning food was pancakes and maple syrup.

New York's most iconic food, according to the magazine, is pastrami, and in New Jersey, it's pizza. Rhode Island is home to the "stuffie," or stuffed clam, and Vermont is celebrated for its cheese. "No place else in the country besides the West Coast has this same concentration of highly decorated artisanal makers," editors wrote.