Mystic Pizza Filming Locations

posterThis was probably the most fun we’ve had doing movie filming locations. I (Jennifer) grew up in Connecticut, in the west-central part of the state, but southeast Connecticut (especially Mystic) and the Rhode Island shoreline, have always been a special place to visit. I’d been going there ever since I was a teenager, and took my daughter when she was a little girl. I’m looking forward to taking my grandson some day! We’d had Mystic Pizza many times, and at the time when it was a tiny pizza parlor as it was in “Mystic Pizza.” After the movie came out, but prior to the restaurant’s expansion and renovation, I was there and couldn’t help but comment to our waitress that she really resembled Lili Taylor (or vice versa), who played Jojo Barboza in the movie. She said that they hired Ms. Taylor specifically due to their resemblance. I’m not sure if that’s true, but that’s her story and it’s very cool in my opinion!!

Pat and I only started this movie filming locations hobby fairly recently, but I did take a photo of one place I managed to hunt down in Paris, France from a movie called “A Little Romance,” back in 1996. However, despite having lived my first 33 years in Connecticut, I never did take photos of any of the locations in Mystic Pizza, filmed in late 1987. Before digital cameras, before the Internet of today…but now, anticipating a vacation back to Connecticut to visit my family with my new baby grandson, Pat and I decided to photograph filming locations for one of my favorite films, Mystic Pizza.

Some of the places were easy and obvious to anyone who has even briefly been to Mystic – and I knew them without thinking. The iconic Mystic River Bascule Bridge and Main Street are featured in the film, but since the entire movie was filmed on location in the area, we wanted to try to find every location possible. There are a few docks and some close shots we didn’t look for, but for the most part, we managed to find every major location. Pat’s most awesome work was finding all of these locations using Google Street View and satellite images.

We present these locations as we always do, with a screenshot from the film, a brief explanation of the scene, and then our photograph of the actual location with a description. We didn’t put these in sequential order from the movie, but rather grouped them according to location. That way, several scenes filmed in the same town are together.


Jennifer and Pat

Groton, Connecticut

 78 Front Street

In the opening scene of the film, Mystic Pizza waitress Jojo Barboza (Lili Taylor) is getting married to a local fisherman named Bill (Vincent D’Onofrio). Jojo suffers from an anxiety attack due to a fear of commitment and passes out at the altar. The exterior of the church (depicted as St. Mary’s in the film) shown below, is located at 78 Front Street in Groton. It used to be St. Joseph’s Church, but it appears to be a private residence now. The interior church scenes were filmed at St. Peter and Paul’s Church, at 730 State Pier Road, New London (not shown).

Mystic Pizza-Exterior Church

The building now appears to be a residence.

78 Front Street, Groton, CT

Stonington, Connecticut

70 Water Street

The location for the real restaurant Mystic Pizza is in the village of Mystic, Connecticut at 56 West Main Street. At the time of the filming, the restaurant appeared very similar to its depiction in the film. Today, the actual restaurant has expanded into the adjoining space, and was heavily renovated and updated. They have lots of photographs, movie posters, and televisions playing the movie over and over.

In order to film the movie, it was not possible to shut down the actual restaurant for such a long period of time. Space was rented in a building in nearby Stonington, Connecticut at 70 Water Street and a set was built to simulate (though not replicate) the actual restaurant’s interior at the time. Many, many thanks to the kindness of the current tenants, the Stonington Harbor Yacht Club (SHYC) Sailing Foundation, who let us take a few photos inside (below) and gave us some information about the building. It was never actually a restaurant, it was a set used for the interior restaurant scenes. In the movie, the front entrance to the building was facing directly to the street, but the building was renovated and the entrance was put on the corner of the building. This was done to prevent any damage to the building from trucks exiting from the rear of the building (the driveway is very narrow and the building close to the edge of the drive).

In the scene below, Jojo apologizes to Bill for passing out at the wedding and for her jitters, but is still not ready to make a commitment to get married.

Mystic Pizza - Exterior

70 Water St., Stonington, CT
In this scene, Kat Arujo (Annabeth Gish) leaves the restaurant to deliver pizza to her mother and then on to an interview for a babysitting job. We were told that during a screening of the film, local residents gasped as Kat turned left here, as it’s a one way street to the right. Notice here the front door faces the street.

Mystic Pizza - Exterior

Today, the entrance has been angled to prevent building damage from trucks exiting the driveway.

70 Water St., Stonington, CT

Jojo enters the back of Mystic Pizza.

This location is actually behind the fictional Mystic Pizza location of 70 Water Street in Stonington; however, the building that Jojo enters is different today. Without getting into too much cumbersome detail, the building with the stairs that she enters (to the left) is different now, or has been drastically altered from the film. In addition, it is a separate building from the Water Street building which served as the restaurant. However, as can be seen below, regardless of the building that Jojo enters, we were in the right spot where this scene was filmed.

Mystic Pizza exterior (back)

Behind 70 Water Street, Stonington, CT

After Bill breaks up with her, Jojo is back at Mystic Pizza explaining to everyone that she broke up with him.

Again, big thanks to the kind folks at SHYC for letting us in and indulging in our geeky hobby a bit. Despite the renovations to the building interior, it was obvious this was the location of the restaurant set. In the movie, buildings across the street are visible, and some details inside were evident, like the windows here.

Mystic Pizza - Interior

70 Water St., Stonington, CT

At the end of the movie, Tim (William R. Moses) brings Phoebe to say goodbye to Kat. They are coming up the stairway to the pizzeria.

Mystic Pizza - Interior

This is the remodeled entryway (angled):


 A brief scene across the street from the fictional Mystic Pizza on Water Street.

Street scene - Mystic Pizza

70 Water St., Stonington, CT

Cannon Square

According to the website, Stonington-Mystic Patch,  “Cannon Square located on Water Street in Stonington Borough is a memorial to “the defenders of the fort.” In 1814 the residents of Stonington Borough fought and defeated the British Royal Navy in the Battle of Stonington. The small square honors that victory and includes two cannons from 1814 that the town used to defeat the British.”

This scene is just seconds after the one above where Kat is driving to her mom’s work to deliver pizza. In reality, this location is in the opposite direction as Kat turned from the pizza parlor, but that is the fun of movie magic! She passes by Cannon Square in Stonington in the following two shots.

Cannon Square

Cannon Square, Stonington, CT

Cannon Square

Cannon Square, Stonington, CT

Church Street

This location is the home of the wealthy Windsor family, whose son Charlie (Adam Storke) falls for poor waitress Daisy Arujo (Julia Roberts).

Windsor House

35 Church Street, Stonington, CT

 Zack’s Bar & Grill, 201 North Main Street

Two scenes depict the characters hanging out at the Peg Leg Pub. After a couple of ownership changes and renovations, the location is Zack’s Bar & Grill as of April 2011.

 We would have liked to try it, but they were closed Mondays.

Mystic Pizza - Peg Leg Pub

Zack's Bar & Grill - Stonington, CT

Mystic Pizza - Peg Leg Pub

Zack's Bar & Grill - Stonington, CT

North Main Street (just south of CT State Road 234)

During Daisy and Charlie’s first date, Charlie’s Porsche gets a flat tire. When Daisy suggests Charlie “get out the spare,” he laughs and explains, “that was the spare.”

Flat Tire

Many of the trees along this stretch of road were cut down, but a few of the more distinctive ones remain as of April 2011, like the one below, which can be seen behind Daisy in the screen capture above (in the distance).


Without a spare (and no cell phones back in the old days!), they decide to hitchhike a ride. First Daisy…

Flat Tire

Then Charlie…

Flat Tire

The big stone in the wall next to the post was easy to locate, where there was a break in the wall.


Charlie and Daisy catch a ride!

Flat Tire

The tree branches are another giveaway on this location (all within the same couple hundred of feet).


Noank, Connecticut

Ford’s Lobsters – 15 Riverview Avenue

Noank is a village located within Groton, Connecticut. The images from the scene below depict the fictional Ferriera Lobster, where Daisy and Kat’s mother works.

Mystic Pizza - Ferriera Lobsters


Mystic Pizza - Ferriera Lobsters


Mystic Pizza - Ferriera Lobsters


Mystic Pizza - Ferriera Lobsters

Ford's Lobsters - 15 Riverview Avenue, Noank, CT

Watch Hill – Westerly, Rhode Island

Kat then heads over to an interview for a babysitting job for architect Tim Travers’ (William R. Moses) 4 year old daughter Phoebe (Porscha Radcliffe). Tim’s house is located on Breen Road in the village of Watch Hill in Westerly, Rhode Island.

Mystic Pizza - Tim Travers' house

84 Breen Road, Westerly, RI

Tim’s purpose for being in Mystic is the renovation of a client’s home, actually located at 4 Water’s Edge Road.

Tim's Project - Home Renovation

6 Water's Edge Road, Westerly, RI

This is the back side of the renovation house.

Tim's Project - Home Renovation

The view from the film above would have only been possible by trespassing on private property, and not being criminals, we instead took this very bad photo through the trees from the road. But it’s “good enough” to see the details of the house above and verify it is the correct location.

6 Water's Edge Road, Westerly, RI

The Misquamicut Club, 60 Ocean View Highway

After Charlie tells Daisy he is busy visiting his grandmother in Greenwich, Daisy, Kat and Jojo hang out together and decide to sneak over to the country club. This location is The Misquamicut Club, in Watch Hill, Westerly, Rhode Island.

11-3-Mystic Pizza-Country Club


Charlie leaves the country club with his sister Serena (Lauren O’Brien) to find Daisy (mistaking Serena for a date), dumping two barrels of fish into Charlie’s Porsche.

11-1-Mystic Pizza-Country Club


Mystic, Connecticut

Despite what you have heard, the actual Mystic Pizza location IS seen in the film, albeit very tiny, very far away! Look to the lower left corner of the rear view mirror. That little tiny red spot is a Coca-Cola sign for the restaurant.  😉 Here is a photo of the real Mystic Pizza before the remodeling: (thanks to Flickr user comtrag).

Downtown Mystic, CT

Our photo is taken a bit closer than the screenshot, and a bit blurry, but close enough…

Downtown Mystic, CT

The next scene features a hilarious confrontation between Jojo and Bill, and was filmed on Main Street in Mystic by the Mystic River Bascule Bridge. First, the three main characters are shown rounding the corner at Cottrell and Main Streets. The building at this corner was Noyes Dry Goods at the time, but later became (and still is) a great toy store called  Mystical Toys that I used to take my daughter to when she was little.

Downtown Mystic, Connecticut

Downtown Mystic, Connecticut

The girls head west on Main Street toward the bridge.

Downtown Mystic, Connecticut

Downtown Mystic, Connecticut

Bill in his fishing boat, renamed as a joke toward Jojo, cruising north up the Mystic River toward the drawbridge. Taken from the south side of Main Street, east side of the bridge. As a side note, here’s some meaningless info, based upon this location: hopefully Bill is done fishing for the day and heading home, because he is heading away from open waters and north on the Mystic River.

Downtown Mystic, Connecticut

Downtown Mystic, Connecticut

Jojo addresses the crowd that gathered after her tirade against Bill for his joke. Taken along the north side of Main Street, east side of the bridge.

Downtown Mystic, Connecticut

The Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream Shoppe is visible in the background (which I highly recommend, by the way).

Downtown Mystic, Connecticut

The crowd cheering for Jojo. Taken along the north side of Main Street, east side of the bridge.

Downtown Mystic, Connecticut

Downtown Mystic, Connecticut

Pawcatuck, Connecticut

185 and 187 Mechanic Street / Pawcatuck River

This area served as the location for the Arujo and Barboza homes. Kat & Daisy lived with their mom (Joanna Merlin) at 187 Mechanic Street, and Jojo lived with her parents next door at 185 Mechanic Street.

Barboza house


Daisy and Charlie leave 187 Mechanic Street, with the fence and Pawcatuck River visible in the background.

Arujo house


Jojo’s house at 185 Mechanic Street.

Barboza house


The following two scenes basically show the same location, the first at the Arujo house, the second at the Barboza house.

Daisy arriving home from work to find Charlie waiting at her home.

Arujo house

Jojo going to talk to Bill about their issues.

Barboza house

Looking down Mechanic Street.


Jojo crosses Mechanic Street to head toward the Pawcatuck River.

Jojo and Bill break up


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26 Responses to Mystic Pizza Filming Locations

  1. Denny Gibson says:

    Wow. You guys sure put some effort into this one. Good stuff.

    • Jennifer says:

      Thank you Denny! The entire movie was filmed on location, so it was fairly condensed into a 10-mile radius or so. I have always loved that area, and it’s probably the place I miss most (besides New York) about living in CT. So, it was just alot of fun to do this, and even better if other people enjoy it too!

  2. Really great job with this! I loved looking at the comparisons.

    • Jennifer says:

      Thank you so much! We had SO much fun with it. I grew up in the Waterbury area, and always loved the Mystic area. Now that I live in the midwest, it’s nice coming back home and visiting (and sharing it with my Hoosier husband, who loves Mystic now!). Doing these filming locations made our trip even more fun.

  3. Eric says:

    It’s nice to see that not much has changed in the past 20 years! It’s still one of the most beautiful places on the East Coast. Great work!

    • Jennifer says:

      Thank you Eric! I absolutely love southeast Connecticut. I moved west 10 years ago but enjoy visiting my family at least once a year and always head to Mystic. Doing these filming locations this time made the trip especially fun.

  4. Brooke says:

    Jennifer, you are a GODDESS!!! I can’t believe all the places you found — it’s amazing!! I’m heading to Mystic on Saturday (from California) and Mystic Pizza is one of my favorite movies ever. I am BEYOND excited to try to see some of these places in person! You totally rock!!! 🙂

    • Jennifer says:

      Hi Brooke and a big thank you for your kind words! If I am a goddess, then my husband is a god too! LOL He worked hard checking Google maps, satellite and street views to match up some of these (as well as some info gleaned from other sites). To toot my own horn, I guess I like our way of presenting the locations, with a screen cap from the film and a photo. Some sites just say this was filmed at xxx…some show a photo but not side by side.

      Sadly I forgot all of my screen caps when I went to Mystic but thank goodness I have watched the movie a billion times and had a good sense of where to stand.

      I know you will have a marvelous time! I love love love the area. Makes me homesick. Of course have Mystic Pizza but if you have time, have breakfast at Kitchen Little and something from the Sea view snack bar (both on 27 along the Mystic River).

  5. Wayne says:

    Jennifer, this was a great trip down memory lane! My wife and I lived in Stonington Borough from 1992-94 (married in 1993), and would take walks around the village almost every night after work. We have such fond memories of our time there as it was an exciting time in our lives – fresh out of college, no kids, good jobs, romance, and lots of free time. I remember the village and surrounding areas much as it was in the movie, so it’s interesting to see how it is now. Thank you for making this available!

  6. Elysia says:

    OMG – am SO excited to find this! My husband and I are vacationing in Mystic this October, and we just watched “Mystic Pizza” again last night, getting psyched up for it. These photographs are GREAT, and you can totally see that you found the exact places where Julia Roberts (the goddess) walked… sigh!

    • Jennifer says:

      Hi Elysia! I’m glad you found the page and that you enjoyed it. If you go to any of these locations, you’ll be as excited and geeked as we were, plus you’ll always relive your trip each time you watch the movie afterward. Have fun on your trip!

  7. Dave Zimmerman says:

    I found this website off of the FB Mystic Pizza site. I am originally from Mystic, I now live in Indiana with my wife whom I met in the Navy in Newport RI. Everytime I get homesick I watch Mystic Pizza. Actually I just returned home from visiting Mystic for a week. BTW- I heard that another film is about to be made in the Mystic area, do not remember the details.
    Dave Zimmerman

    • Jennifer says:

      Hi Dave, I am so with you about the homesickness – and usually watch Mystic Pizza too! I didn’t grow up in Mystic, I lived near Waterbury, but southeast Connecticut was one of my favorite areas of Connecticut (as well as Westerly, Rhode Island) and we visited the area frequently. I also live in Indiana now, and am happy to be able to get frozen Mystic Pizza at Whole Foods Market! Wooo!

  8. Stella says:

    Any idea of where Charlie and Daisy went on their first date? Do you know the name of the restaurant they went to? Looked like a cute place. I wonder if it’s still in business.

  9. patrick beaudry says:

    thank you so, so much for all the work and information!! I am an 80’s child (and New England boy) and i have been to mystic, ct but it never occurred to me to check out mystic pizza, but i FINALLY did yesterday with my fiance and the pizza was awesome! Made me curious to find out more and boy did you help me with that! 🙂 amazing!

  10. Cindy Lescarbeau says:

    We grew up on Mechanic Street and our Step Father was Joseph Barboza. He and our Mother worked at Yardney’s on Mechanic Street and we lived in one of the brown shingled houses behind the 6 flat. That home has since burned to the ground. The railroad tracks ran very close to our house in the back yard and crossed Proespect Street. Grandpa Barboza lived in Stonington just a few houses up from Dubois Beach

  11. Savanah says:

    I very much enjoyed taking this walk down memory lane. I love the movie Mystic Pizza almost as much as I love the pizza. I am blessed to live in the Mystic area the past 34 years. :))) Thanks for all the hard work you put into this website.

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  14. Peter Siersdale says:

    4 Waters Edge Rd. Watch Hill

  15. Tim says:

    Haha I did the same thing a couple years ago for my birthday, and visited all these sites. Also had a beer at the bar of the restaurant Daisy and Charlie had their date (a private yacht club in the movie?)

  16. Grace Newton says:

    When I was first married in 1974 we lived in Jojos house and my landlord lived in Daisys house. It was fun to see the insides of the houses in the movie. That was my kitchen door Jojo and Bill were up against before her dad and mom came in to interrupt. While they were filming in the Village we were eating lunch at Peters restaurant and the crew was eating there too, one of the girls came in to get them to come back to set.

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