The town of Mystic, CT and the real Mystic Pizza from the film of the same name.
56 West Main Street
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The 1988 coming of age story “Mystic Pizza” helped launch the career of future America’s Sweetheart Julia Roberts. Also starring Annabeth Gish, Lili Taylor and Vincent D’Onofrio, with a tiny appearance by a young Matt Damon, “Mystic Pizza” is a much-loved growing up story that was set in Mystic, CT and filmed in Mystic and its neighboring seaside towns.
The real Mystic Pizza is on West Main Street and, though the shop has been moved and renovated since it burst into fame in the late eighties (it’s not the actual spot where they filmed), it still has that small-town “Slice of Heaven” vibe.
The servers still wear the “Slice of Heaven” t-shirts like the girls wore in the movie, and you can buy one for yourself. The pizza really is delicious, and you won’t have to worry about feeling like a tourist at this location.
Mystic Pizza is decked out in movie memorabilia, and fans are almost always snapping photos outside. (My friend Alex and I did when we visited!)
There are also a ton of souvenirs you can pick up, including shirts, hats, magnets, matchbooks, bumper stickers, and the ever-appropriate pizza cutter. Whether you’re a fan of the movie or just seriously hungry, Mystic Pizza is a must-visit for movie fans.
The neighboring towns (including Stonington and Essex) are picturesque as well and are worth a visit – especially considering they helped inspire Amy Sherman-Palladino’s wonderful world of “Gilmore Girls” – and Stonington is where most of the “Mystic Pizza” filming really took place!
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