I'll second everything that Scott said, and add some color commentary from my perspective.
I couldn't believe seeing the Gone Fishing sign at Modern our first stop (see deb415611's pic below). What a start... you'd think that they would have put something about being on vacation for a week on their website! Everyone was pretty calm about it (I was not happy, to say the least), but the consolation was that we knew we'd get more time at Pepe's, which was our next stop.
I knew it was going to be a bellybusting tour when the order for 5 large pies went in a Pepe's (and they take large pretty seriously). Good pies, with my favorite being one of their signature pies - the clam pie. Their tomato and mozz pie was also really good.
Then we waddled down the street to Sally's, which has always been an enigma to me... long waits, even after you're seated... pies that are scorched at times... indifferent service. I've never really understood the fuss. This time, as Scott said, it was Sally's Sweat Lodge. Long wait for the pies to come, and their signature tomato pie... meh. The char level was on the low side on all our pies (2 large; 2 small). But Diana (dhorst) got to share her aleppo chilli with us (and two strangers), and Frank (polishpizza) was reunited with his favorite waiter (who was a hoot), so that made up for it. But it confirmed my ambivalence about Sally's, and I won't go back any time soon.
The surprise of the tour was Zuppardi's in West Haven, even though it shoudn't have been, given the way Nick (gabaghool) had talked about it. Only two small pies (we were tapering, I guess), but the fresh clam pie was spectacular (different from, and way better than Pepe's IMHO). It's hard to describe their crust - crispy but airy at the same time. I think even Scott was shocked at how good a 12-minute bake could be (judging by the muttering going on about how it was challenging everything he believed abut sub-4 minute bakes... well maybe not everything
One of the best things about the tour was the generosity of the people. It started in the parking lot at Modern, where Deb shared VT peperoni, Scott shared flour, and I shared a 42-pound steel plate (yes, Scott finally has a steel plate to call his own). It continued at Sally's, where Diana shared aleppo chilli with everyone, including two strangers, at Zuppardis's where Deb shared smoked sea salt, and culminated in the Zuppardi's parking lot where Nick shared flour, cans of tomatoes and loaves of Calabro cheese. I remember thinking that it was a good thing that there weren't any police around... it looked like a weird, middle-aged drug deal going down minus the drugs.
All in all, a terrific tour (except for missing Modern) with the highlight being getting to spend time with some wonderful pizza lovin' people. I didn't take any photos, but I'm sure others will.
I'm going to post a link to this in the invitation thread.