Although there is no stylish decor, the service can be inconsistent, and the wait an inconvenience, this pizzeria is worth every bit of hassle. This ... More
Frank Pepe's Pizzeria
Although there is no stylish decor, the service can be inconsistent, and the wait an inconvenience, this pizzeria is worth every bit of hassle. This is where you go to experience the best pizza in New Haven (always competing with Sally's Apizza, down the street), if not the world. Pepe's introduced pizza to the New World and has been making pizza a local legend since 1925. There is nothing like the amazing white clam pizza pie, or the other coal-fired, oven-baked combinations at this legendary pizzeria. No slices; you order by the pie.
The wait is "worth every bit of hassle"??? I think not.
I'm sure that "back in the day" Pepe's, Sally's and Modern were THE pizza places to go to, but these days they have become overrated tourist traps. Unbelievably long wait times, poor service, dirty tables and floors and assembly line pizza - no thank you.
We waited an hour in line then another hour after being seated to eat a pizza with canned mushrooms on it. While both the brick oven pizza crust and overall flavor was good, I can't believe they use canned ingredients.
I've had much better pizza (with fresh ingredients) without having to wait for hours. Try BAR pizza in New Haven or Papa's Pizza in Milford for a great pie without all the hype.
Anybody like waiting over an hour for dry, tasteless pizza? Anyone like not being able to order anything except for dry tasteless pizza? anyone like a rude wait staff? if so Pepe's is the place for you... It's gross. Go to Modern instead.
I have lived a lot of places. tasted a lot of pizza. New Haven has many places to get great pizza and Pepe's is at the top of the list! You have to try it to believe it. Its not fancy or trendy, it is just plain awesome!
Finally made the trip to try the famous Pepe's, Oredered the white clam pizza and a half cheese and half roni,sausage. The red sauce is very good, nice sweet sauce, the pepperoni and sausage was very good quality, the clam pizza although different wasn't what I thought it was going to be, with all the hype I've heard I though it would blow me out of the water, it was good but it didn't have that I gotta come back for this again taste. The crust was the biggest disappointment for me, it was thin and crisp, but lacked any flavor. If I had my choice I would take Regina's in Boston's North End any day over Pepe's. Now I have to go back to New Haven again to try Sally's and see who is the King of pizza in New Haven.
I haven't lived in connecticut for 20 years, but I salivate at the opportunity to get Pizza from Pepe's. I rarely get to go to CT. anymore, but every time I do, I make a stop at Pepe's. Despite what all the New Yorkers and Jerseyites say, Connecticut has the BEST pizza. Just go to Pepe's and you'll know...
Yes, but worth it.
Best pizza I have had since the Italians abandoned Bensonhurst.
The lines are long, and the staff seemed like they would rather be somewhere else, but the pizza is top notch.
Tastes fresh. Tastes like REAL pizza should.
We have frequented many New Haven/Wooster Street pizza places, but this is our first visit to Pepe's in years. The place was extremely dirty. The pizza was dripping with oil, and awful. The waitress was touching and tying her dirty sneakers, then handling the silverware and napkins and cutting the pizza for customers.
The crust was hard as peanut brittle and about as thick. The sauce was meager in quantity and taste. The mushrooms were canned. I travelled from New York City to try this based on its great "reputation," well that "reputation" is hyped. I love thin crust pizza with nice charred areas and puffy yeasty bubbles around the edge. This pizza was equivalent to a bad frozen pizza in a school cafeteria. Probably an off day given the other posts here, but nonetheless I warn others you may be disappointed.
The waitstaff was excellent, good humored and friendly and efficient and I liked the "feel" of the dining hall as well, facing that enourmous oven with the mediocre pies coming out.