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Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana

One of the oldest and best known pizzerias in the United States.

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Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana at Mohegan Sun Casino

  • Mar 15, 2010
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In recent years, Pepe's Pizzeria has opened a number of pizza outlets throughout Connecticut and most recently in New York (Yonkers)

The news that Pepe's would be opening another location in South Eastern Connecticut created quite a buzz.

Pizza fans were excited. This was the talk of the town as the local newspapers and radio stations added to the excitement.

The news was huge!

When would Pepe's open? Would they have a coal fired oven? And the ultimate question was: would this Pepe's be as good as the pizza in New Haven?

We visited the day after they opened at Mohegan Sun Casino. We were hesitant to go on opening day for obvious reasons.

This Pepe's location looks very similar to the location in New Haven. There was wonderful ambiance. The coal fired oven is there. The booths are there. They even serve Foxon soda.

But how was the pizza?

In a word: fantastic.

Some purists have argued that the only way to get real Pepe's pizza is at their New Haven location. Part of the disagreement is that the Pepe's coal fired pizza oven has cooked hundreds of thousands of pizzas (perhaps millions...) and the taste of those pizzas has permeated the brick oven.

Our group thought the pizza was quite good.

I can't wait to go back.

You can read some of the comments I have received about
Pepe's over at this page

Here are more Pepe Resources.
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review by . March 01, 2010
posted in Pizza Therapy
Some of the best pizza in the world is made on a Wooster Street in New Haven, Connecticut.      On Wooster Street you will find two pizzerias, that make outstanding pizza.      Both use coal fired ovens. Both have been in the pizza business for decades.                  Walk into Pepe's and your senses are  bombarded! Smell the pizza cooking in the coal fired oven!   Feel the anticipation …
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Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, known locally as Pepe's, is a popular pizza restaurant in the Wooster Square neighborhood of New Haven, Connecticut at 163 Wooster Street. It is one of the oldest and best known pizzerias in the United States.

Pepe's was founded in 1925 by Frank Pepe, an Italian immigrant. Pepe was born in Maiori, Italy  on April 15, 1893, and later immigrated to New Haven in 1909 at the young age of 17. The quintessential Wooster Square Italian immigrant (poor, uneducated, enthusiastic), he took a job at a New Haven factory, but he hated it.

During World War I, Pepe went back to Italy to fight for his beloved native country. Upon returning, he soon landed a job working at a bakery on Wooster Street, which was a much better fit for him. Pepe began walking through the Wooster Square market and sold his "tomato pies" off of a special headdress that he wore on his head. After saving up enough money, he was able to buy a wagon to sell his pizzas off of. He did so well with his pizzas that he was eventually able to take over his employer's business and turn it into the first "Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana" on June 16, 1925.

The piece of land which Pepe's restaurant sat on was owned by the Boccamiello family. They later made Frank Pepe leave so that they could start their own pizzeria at the establishment, which they renamed The Spot. Pepe moved his restaurant to its current location next door to The Spot in 1936. The Pepe family later ...
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Address: Wooster Square
Phone: (203) 865-7602
Cuisine: pizza
Attire: Casual
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