While spending a week in Wellesley i spotted a menu from Todd English's FIGS. One item, White Clam Pizza got my juices flowing with fond memories of Frank Pepe's masterpieces. So...one night we skipped the meal we had paid for and trekked over to FIGS. When the waiter arrived I ordered a White Clam Pizza.
"Sorry," he said, "we're all out of clams."
Strike ONE !
I then asked if I could order Linguine and Clams?
"Sure", he said not explaining why they had clams for the pasta, but none for a pizza. The pasta was billed on the menu as Linguine with olive oil, garlic nad hot pepper. What I was served contained olive oil, no taste of garlic that I could discern and enough hot pepper to blow the circuit breakers in my head. Although I barely touched this dish due to the heat, I was not offered a replacement and was charged for the dish.
Zagat gave these restaurants a 24, I give them a
The next week I was in Boston and figured I'd give them another chance at lunch. I hiked over to their establishment on Charles Street. After spending an hour to get there, I discoverd that on weekdays they are open only for dinner.
STRIKE THREE !
Frank Pepe's reputation is safe.