Mar 232014

If you are a child of the 80’s, you probably saw the movie Mystic Pizza starring Julia Roberts, but did you know it was based on an actual place?

Mystic Pizza® caught the eye of screenwriter Amy Jones, who was summering in the area. Ms. Jones chose Mystic Pizza as the focus and setting for her story of the lives and loves of three young waitresses. The movie was filmed on location in Mystic and neighboring towns. “Mystic Pizza” was released in 1988 and was a hit, even Siskel and Ebert gave it two thumbs up!

We eat there almost every time we are in Mystic and I actually have posted about it before, but the post was deleted (long story), so I am writing about it again!



The inside the restaurant was decorated with all sorts of movie memorabilia.





And, of course they played the movie while we ate:


Chris got a bacon & feta pizza:


I got a BBQ chicken pizza.


We shared and they were both awesome!  I’ve never had a bad pizza there.

Mystic Pizza is located at 56 W Main St in Mystic, CT!

  86 Responses to “Mystic Pizza”

  1. I love the pizza there and the area is so nice to walk around

  2. I totally went here when I was younger and you are right their pizza is truly the best. Hope to get back there soon myself!! 🙂

  3. I’ve been there a few time and yes, their pizza is delicious. Now I want to take day trip down to mystic!

  4. I never even heard of the movie! But then remember my age—-(I’m trying to forget). I have been to Mystic, Ct a couple of times over the years. It is a really nice place to visit. Now I have a reason to go visit again–to visit their Pizza Place and maybe see that movie!

  5. I’d like to go for the cool value and for the pizza. 🙂

  6. I have never seen this movie but will now have to hunt for it (huge Julia Roberts fan!). Love that is connected to a real pizzeria. And the bbq chicken pizza, mouth watering!

  7. That was a good movie! I bet it was fun eating in that place!

  8. wow..that barbecue chicken pizza looks like heaven! Really love this place from what you say.. Julia Roberts looks so pretty 🙂

  9. It’s really real! That is so cool that you ate there. I think that’s where I first learned of Julia Roberts.

  10. I did see that movie with Julia Roberts but I had no idea that it was a real restaurant. I love all of the movie posters they have on the walls.

  11. I remember that other post! I’d totally go there and get why they play up the movie, but it’d be cuter if they didn’t. Looks yummy!

  12. Wow, very cool.

    Looks like great pizza.

  13. Saw the movie and would love to go here! That is so cool!

  14. I remember that movie! I had no idea the place really existed. How cool.

  15. I have never seen Mystic Pizza but love a good slice. I think the movie may be on Netflix so I will have to check it out.

  16. I love places like this and the pizza looks amazing! I have def gotten the bacon and fetta pizza. Looks so yum!

  17. It sounds like you had a great time at Mystic Pizza. The decor looks really cool with all of the movie memorabilia! I loved the pics of your pizzas (especially the bacon and feta one)! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  18. I didn’t see Mystic Pizza until I was in the 20s, but I loved it! My family is Portuguese from Connecticut so it was a fun movie for us to see that heritage in a flick!

  19. Can you believe I’ve never seen the movie?! I bet they are always busy!

  20. bbq chicken is my 2nd fave pizza. broc and pepperoni is my fave

  21. I have seen that movie quite a few times, but did not realize it is based on an actual pizza place. That BBQ Chicken pizza looks so good right about now!

  22. I haven’t heard of that movie before but that bacon and feta pizza sounds amazing.

  23. Would you believe I’ve never seen the movie?!

    I adore pizza!!!

    BTW, I thought of you today and went to the Rainforest Cafe in Niagara Falls for supper … not good 🙁

  24. Ok, now I’m going to have to find this one on Netflix! We live in WNC where many films were filmed and it is cool seeing your hometown featured.

  25. That was a great movie! I had no idea it was based on an actual restaurant.

  26. My husband and I didn’t get to do our adults weekend away in Mystic last summer, and the thing I was saddest about most was not getting to eat Mystic Pizza. That pizza is so insanely delicious!

  27. Never heard of the movie or the place lol.I must say both pizzas look tasty.

  28. I really want to visit there one day. My cousin and family got the chance to but not me, not yet, but one day. The pizza looks so yummy.

  29. Mystic Pizza was Alanis Morissette’s first film! I knew it was a real place, but have never visited.

  30. How fun to eat there!! When we went to Vegas. We had fun standing in the Bellagio thinking about Ocean’s Twelve being filmed there.

  31. $20 says the staff is sick of that movie lol

  32. What a cool place! I haven’t see the movie but I have heard of it. I am loving those pizza’s, the crust looks thick and that’s my favorite kind. I’d like to try the Bacon & Feta Cheese.

  33. Bacon and feta sounds amazing! I’d like to eat there.

  34. I don’t think I have heard of Mystic Pizza – the movie or location! But it’s neat that this restaurant was made famous by a movie!

  35. Talk about mouth watering good! They both look delicious! I like BBQ chicken great pick!

  36. I recognized the name of the pizza place right away. I had no idea the movie was inspired by it. How cool! Love Julia Roberts (fellow Ginger) (Kim)

  37. I actually never even seen this movie (shame on me since I was born in the 80s) but this place looks cool. Also, I love eating a good pizza. Some day when I visit CT I’ll stop by!

  38. As much as I love Julia, I have never seen the movie. I really should though! The pizza looks really good. Also, I’ve never had a bbq pizza. That’s another thing I should really try!

  39. We love visiting Mystic a few times a year. Last year was the first time we actually ate at Mystic Pizza. It was really good!

  40. Oh I had no idea there was such a thing called Mystic Pizza. Would so love to eat there myself just to say I had some Mystic Pizza. 🙂

  41. What a fun place. I’ve never seen the movie, but now I want some pizza!

  42. Craziness! I never knew that movie was based on a real place. I so love the 80s. I want to eat there one day, for sure.

  43. good gracious – you’re killing me with all the food posts. LOL
    I gotta grab some carrot sticks or something or I’ll be hitting the drive thru any minute.
    I love how you show all these spots around your area! It’s awesome for those of us who don’t get to travel very much.

  44. What a fun restaurant! The pizza looks amazing! I want some!

  45. I remember when that movie came out and I LOVED it! I would love to visit there sometime!

  46. I’ve never heard of that movie, I love Julia Roberts though! And that pizza looks delicious!!

  47. I loved that movie. The only Mystic pizza we’ve had is the frozen kind. (but that is good too!) Would love to visit the restaurant someday. The pizza looks good.

  48. What a great movie. And it looks like excellent pizza, too.

  49. bbq chicken pizza is my favorite kind of pizza. I love going to places were it’s been in movies.

  50. I loved that movie. I knew it was based on a real place, but I’ve never been. Loved your photos!

  51. I love unique joints like this mystic pizza! I would totally hang out there! I think their pizza looks delicious; but more exciting is the atmosphere. -Amber

  52. That is so cool that they play the movie while you are there. The pizza looks good!

  53. This is one of those movies that I heard a lot about but never got the chance to see.

  54. I’ve never been there but am always fascinated to see places I’ve seen on tv and in movies. The BBQ chicken pizza sure does sound good!

  55. My stomach just went wild. BBQ chicken pizza is one of the few things I have to occasionally allow myself to have, I would be miserable without it!

  56. I didn’t know that Mystic Pizza was a real place! It looks like a fun place to eat. The BBQ chicken pizza looks tasty.

  57. I am a huge fan of Julia Roberts and yet have not seen or heard of this movie. I will have to try to find it so I can watch it. The pizza looks amazing, I think it is great that this place inspired a movie – it has to be good to do that.

  58. Ohhh the pizza looks delish!! You find so many neat places and it’s making me want to explore my area more.

  59. That is pretty cool and I love all memorabilia! BBQ Chicken Pizza is one my favs!

  60. I’m hungry now! I saw the movie many years ago but don’t remember much about it. One of the few things I remember is that it was the first movie Matt Damon was in (I think). The pizza looks delicious!

  61. I did not know that! And I do love pizza.

  62. How neat! I remember my mom liking this movie alot, pizza looked delish

  63. How neat! I do remember that movie. Now I want pizza!

  64. I have so been craving pizza. Now I really want some!

  65. I have never seen that movie before! But I love visiting places that were in movies, so cool 🙂

  66. Looks like a great hangout to enjoy a nice pizza pie. Yummy

  67. I’ve never heard of the movie, but now it’s on my “to watch” list. I love how the food looks!

  68. I’ve actually never seen that movie. I’ve heard of it though but never knew it was based on a real place. That’s pretty awesome! I’d like to visit it sometime.

  69. Those pizzas look soooo yummy! I love a good pizza joint. And now I totally know what movie I’m watching this afternoon!

  70. Looks like a really nice pizza place. You are making me hungry for pizza.

  71. I loved that movie. I had no idea there was an actual Mystic Pizza that they filmed at. I would love to visit one day.

  72. I had no idea that movie was based on a real place! How neat!

  73. I haven’t heard of this movie but I am going look and see if it is on Netflix. I love that it is made after a real place.

  74. I’ve never heard of this place before but I love the environment setting! Your pizza looks great too. Makes me want to take a trip there. 🙂

  75. One day I so will go there! One of my all time fav movies!

  76. Oh gosh, now I am hardcore craving pizza!

  77. Yum! As I’m reading this I’m running on 2 cups of coffee. It looks so good! Love the decor too!

  78. I seriously loved that movie! Its wonderful! I had no idea there was an actual place like this! Very cool!

  79. I had no idea it was a real place, that’s so cool!! I really want that BBQ pizza now too

  80. That’s awesome! I didn’t realize it was a real place with real great pizza.

  81. I loved that movie and would love to eat there.

  82. I’ve actually never seen the movie Mystic Pizza before but I knew that it was based off of an actual pizza place. How cool is that you get to eat there?

  83. Oh my gosh, I LOVED LOVED that movie! So cool.

  84. Wow, their pizza looks so amazing! 🙂

  85. I love this movie! I haven’t seen it in ages, though.

  86. It is always fun to visit Mystic! We love it there.