I'll preface by saying I love going to Pepe's Pizza in New Haven and think nothing of driving an hour to get there, then wait on line another hour to eat their amazing white clam and tomato pies. But I was curious to try the new Pepe's in Fairfield - much closer to my home. My wife and I went there last weekend.
The pizza is distinctly and profoundly inferior to the pizza in New Haven. We both noticed it with the first bite and it was consistent with both pies. The pizza looks different and has lost that earthy brick oven taste of the New Haven Pepe's. The crust, which is "to die for" in New Haven, is mediocre in Fairfield.
I wonder what others' experiences have been - but in the future I'll drive the extra miles to go to New Haven.