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Pizza: Frank Pepe's in New Haven

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Pizza: Frank Pepe's in New Haven

Jim Zurer | Jul 7, 2000 06:42 PM

After reading about New Haven pizza for thirty years, I finally had an opportunity to try the legendary stuff first hand. All I can say is "Why did I wait so long?"

Even on a weekend that started with a visit to Di Fara's, the experience in New Haven was earth-shattering, pizza-wise.

Sally's was closed on the Monday before July 4th so the choice was made by default to join the convivial line outside Frank Pepe's on Wooster Street. We were inside within 45 minutes.

We had two pizzas--clam (with lots of garlic) and sausage and cheese. They were very different but both were outstanding. In addition to the admirable ingredients, the crusts on both were superlative, chewy but tender, and very tasty.

We continued our journey back to New York very satisfied and trying to figure out how to arrange our next visit.

Jim Zurer
Washington DC

PS One of the locals on line said that "Pepe's is historical (and very good) but that Modern Pizzeria on State Street is also very, very good.

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