Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Yes, there is a Mystic Pizza!
Here's the exterior of the original Mystic Pizza restaurant in beautiful downtown Mystic Village. The movie "Mystic Pizza" was not actually filmed here, though. Most of the film, including the interior scenes at the restaurant, was actually filmed in nearby North Stonington, CT.
Here's the menu board inside Mystic Pizza. I ordered the large house special pizza with the works. I saved the pizza box to use as the gift box for Vincent, and that was a little tricky. The box was nearly thrown away accidentally, but I was able to fetch it back in time. Whew!
Here's the fish, George! It's a rather large tank displayed in the window of Mystic Pizza and actually is nearly the same size as the window. Customers can actually sit nearby and eat next to the fish if they don't want to go inside the restaurant.
Next to the window with the fish tank is a signed poster from the movie "The Craft." Fairuza Balk, who plays Nancy in this film, co-starred with Vincent in an earlier film, "Imaginary Crimes."
Above the counter at Mystic Pizza is their logo, "A Slice of Heaven" in neon. The gift shop nearby sells t-shirts and other souvenirs with this logo.
Here's the 20th Anniversary Movie Trail Map listing the various locations in Connecticut where scenes from "Mystic Pizza" were shot. Unfortunately, copies were not for sale in the gift shop, but I snapped this photo as a memento.
A publicity photo of Vincent D'Onofrio and Lily Taylor from "Mystic Pizza". This photo was displayed next to the movie trail map at the entrance to the restaurant, along with the original movie poster. Above was a large flat screen TV showing the film non-stop. Cool!