Wooster Square

A chic community filled with culture and great food

Welcome to Wooster Square

Located at the center of New Haven, the Wooster Square neighborhood exudes luxury, culture, and fun. With its charming streets lined with historic buildings, an exciting cultural scene, and world-famous pizza, it is no wonder that this neighborhood (also known as Little Italy) is a coveted destination for those seeking the ultimate living experience in New Haven.

Wooster Square boasts stunning brownstones, brick townhouses, and historical buildings that testify to the area's rich cultural heritage. From the iconic Wooster Street to the gorgeous Wooster Square Park, lined with cherry blossoms in the spring, this neighborhood is filled with architectural gems, treasured parks, pizza, and pastries that are destination spots for those passing through the Elm City.

Locals adore this neighborhood for its unique blend of history, culture, and luxury. Wooster Square offers a sophisticated lifestyle that is second to none, with its intimate local scene and proximity to Downtown New Haven, Yale University, and train stations that travel locally to nearby shoreline towns or into Boston or NYC in just a couple of hours. 

What to Love

  • Historic Wooster Square neighborhood and Little Italy
  • World-class cultural institutions and a thriving arts scene
  • A chic coastal community 

Local Lifestyle

Wooster Square offers its residents an enviable lifestyle. This friendly community has numerous cultural institutions, trendy cafes, and the world’s most sought-after pizzerias and pastry shops! In this walkable neighborhood, neighbors often relax at local cafes, enjoying quality time with family and friends and sharing ‘Apizza’. Wooster Square highlights the best of city living. With its magnificent architectural structures, dynamic cultural environment, and laid back atmosphere, it is not difficult to understand why residents choose this gem of a community. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The dining scene in Wooster Square is a true feast for the senses, and its Italian heritage has fostered many delicious restaurants locally. Adriana's menu features classic Italian cuisine served in a cozy and intimate atmosphere. For an evening out with friends, look no further than Pasta Eataliana Trattoria Napoletana, where the only thing better than the service is the food.

Among the first pizza joints in the United States, Wooster Square boasts the original Sally’s Apizza, iconic for its coal-fired slices. Longtime staple Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana opened in 1925 and is famous for its white clam pizza. Zenelli Pizzeria e Cucina Napoletana rounds out the neighborhood trifecta of pizza places.

Upscale Italian cuisine is everything around Wooster Square. Tre Scalini is the quintessential old-world pasta place. Meanwhile, family-owned and operated Consiglio's Restaurant is a New Haven staple known for its authentic Italian cuisine made with time-honored recipes passed down through generations and prepared with the utmost care.

Wooster Square Park hosts a variety of events through the year, including the Cherry Blossom festival each April with a host of vendors, live music and an opportunity to mingle with old and new friends.  

Things to Do

While Wooster Square offers a taste of luxury and refinement, it is also a vibrant community with a laid back artsy vibe. The cultural attractions nearby  are not limited to adults. Just west of Wooster Square, the Connecticut Children's Museum offers hands-on exhibits and imaginative play areas that are fun for the whole family, making it a popular destination for visitors of all ages.

For those seeking ocean breezes, a bike ride or sunrise run along  Long Wharf Park would be just the remedy. This scenic waterfront park offers stunning views of the New Haven Harbor and Long Island Sound. You can often find visitors strolling along the promenade and fishing off the pier. During lunch and dinner hours, you can pick yourself up a taco at one of the many food trucks found on Long Wharf and around various location throughout the city.

Those staying in Wooster Square would do well to sample the local nightlife in Downtown New Haven. College Street Music Hall features some of the most sought after musicians and comedians from all over the world.  Toad's Place, the legendary music venue has hosted countless iconic musicians, from Bob Dylan to The Rolling Stones. Catch a live music performance and dance the night away in a classic local haunt. Downtown Nee Haven is within walking distance or just a quick Uber ride away. 

Feel like a change of scenery? Hop on a local train right in the neighborhood to any of the shoreline towns bordering the Long Island Sound. If you prefer to stay closer to home, Wooster Square boasts a walk score of 86, with most necessities in reach.

Whether you're seeking culture, outdoor recreation, or nightlife, this community has many options for all interests. Wooster Square remains one of New Haven’s most sought-after destinations for those seeking a premium living experience.

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Overview for Wooster Square, CT

2,347 people live in Wooster Square, where the median age is 35 and the average individual income is $56,566. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Wooster Square, CT

Wooster Square has 1,324 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Wooster Square do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 2,347 people call Wooster Square home. The population density is 18,597.32 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Conte/West Hills Magnet School
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Metropolitan Business Academy
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