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Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana

157 Wooster St
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 865-5762
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There is no pizza that can compare with Pepe's fresh clam pizza. I will make a beeline for Pepe's whenever...


I don't get what they hype is. People said it's what put New Haven on the map. Personally, I don't like my pizza crust to be soggy and thin. I like a good thick crust that can wit...

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the best pizza ever! 4/7/2006

i have been ordering pizzas from pepe's on wooster st. for years and they are the best pizza i have ever had. they get very crowded on friday nights & weekends because people come from all around to visit wooster st. so if you are planning a trip, you might want to come down during the week or plan on staying a while. however any wait time is worth it! the pizza is really delicious. i am convinced that nobody gets better pizza than we do in ct. more

The "first pizza" place 9/28/2005

According to common belief, Pepe's is believed to be the first real "pizza place" in the world; granted pizza has been around for alot longer than a few decades, but Pepe's is attributed with being the first to lay down tomato sauce (rather than just sliced tomatoes) and plenty of shredded mozzarella. It's worth a try if you're in town, but it's not within walking distance of city center. Given its reputation, one would think that it's more of an upscale place; quite the contrary! It's very "diner-like" in its inner appearance. Ordering is similar, and the pizzas come on large cookie trays. The pizza is quite greasy, so be prepared. Prices are high for what you get, and be prepared to wait in line, especially on the weekends! more

A tough legacy to live up to. 9/17/2005

You may have heard of Pepe's for several reasons, it has been mentioned in Doonesbury comic, it was a favorite of President Clinton in his Yale days, and it is the pizza place that actually has a line going out the door. There are many authentic aspects of Pepe's - it is a good pie, it smells wonderful and they use a HUGE brick oven -the kind necessary to make the kinds of pizza pies associated with Wooster Street, the Italian section of New Haven. It gives the crust an amazing crispiness. Waitresses run around like mad delivering pizzas. As a proviso, I have not been to Pepe's within the last year or so, so I could be wrong. But I have lived here my whole life and have been going to Wooster street for years and have seen a decline when it was passed on to younger generations over a series of numerous visits. They serve pizzas on a giant tray for your table, (you do not get a plate large enough to hold a slice, be prepared to be friendly with those you are sitting with). While the pizza is not "gooey", and you pick it up and with a small fold at the top, if you are not used to eating pizza this way, there is not much elbow room at the booths to use your fork and knife. Once, several years ago, they charged extra for the grated cheese jar, a feature I was not fond of. They explained kids like to play with the cheese, but I was not a kid and did not have kids in my party. There is little to eat in the way of an appetizer, so you wait in line for sometimes over an hour, then order, then wait what feels like an eternity for your pizza, sans appetizers. If you go just at 5, you might slip in before the line starts. They serve liquor, as well as Foxon Park soda, a local retailer of a sweeter variation with less of a carbonated "bite" to it - some of the Italian type such as birch beer, a sweeter orange without being too sweet, etc. Now there are several varieties of some unusual pizzas done well, clam with white sauce, etc. If you have never been to Pepe's, and there is not too long a line or can do take out, then you may enjoy the pizza as a nice authentic variation. It is authentic Wooster Street, as is Sally's (less than a block or so from Pepe's) However, if you went to Pepe's in their hay day, when it was the original Frank, then you may be in for a disappointment, as it is not the quality of pizza, service or ingredients that Frank prided himself upon. I would certainly be pleased to have a Pepe's pizza if there was not a line or someone got it for take out and brought it over, but I would no longer wait in line for it as I once would. However, whenever I have gone, there are never leftovers even though we always over-order out of hunger and anticipation. It is hard to find a pizza that is the nice crisp brick oven fire taste without being burnt and too crispy to taste the dough. When guests come to visit from out of town, they frequently want to visit local places they have heard about, and I am somewhat disappointed at their choosing a Pepe's as I no longer feel it lives up to the hype. I do not wish to speak ill of them, but no longer consider them 'vacation destination' event sort of material, and at times feel my guests have left disappointed after hearing so much about Pepe's. I would not recommend Pepe's for a date. I always felt alittle sorry for couples on what appeared to be an early date in their relationship. You spent at times, over an hour standing in line in close quarters not conducive to talking, and it seemed that by the time the couples get to sit and order and then have to wait for their pizza, they have run out of conversation and things seem awkward and they can't even talk about their food because it isn't there yet. If you have a mischevious streak, you may enjoy people watching and picking out these couples while you wait for your pizza. It is also quite loud, making chatting difficult. But if you do not live in the area and have never had Wooster Street Pizza, you could have a good time. I would also recommend taking a walk down the street to the Italian Pastry shop, sit in the bistro like table, get expresso the way it was intended, and choose a lovely pastry or authentic Italian Ice in flavors that are done best in this sort of setting - lemon, cherry, and vanilla, which is a sweet italian vanilla. more

Incredible tradition and quality 8/19/2005

On Wooster Street in New Haven, two pizzerias have been competing for ages. My personal favorite among the two, and some of the best pizza that I have tasted in this country, is Pepe's. The dough is crusty and thin, very east-coast stye, and the toppings are of the highest quality. The sauce is spread thinly, as are the toppings, so that each ingredient is able to develop its full flavor. The end result is quite simply wonderful. more
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  • Some say it's the best pizzeria in the country; others say it's not even the best in New Haven, but no one doubts that this clam pie is worth driving miles for.

  • 7/27/2009 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Monday To Saturday From 11:30 AM To 10:00 PM Sunday From 12:00 PM To 10:00 PM
  • Payments:

    Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Central, Wooster Square / Mill River