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Some Pepe's Pizzaology

smoky | Mar 29, 200802:26 PM

We recently got a postcard in the mail with coupons for the Manchester location of Frank Pepe's which has a fascinating photograph I hadn't seen before of Frank in front of the Wooster St. location in what looks to be the 40s or 50s. (There's neon in the windows and a 40s-vintage clock. The beautiful sign above the shop, which is reminiscent of the pub signs in Ireland, reads simply, "Frank Pepe.")

But what's most interesting about the shot is that, with a magnifying glass, you can read the menu sitting in the window, and it reads:

Frank Pepe
Pies made to order

Anchovies and tomato
Bacon, cheese, and tomato
Cream cheese and tomato [Is that mozzarella or ricotta, perhaps?]
Chicken, cheese, and tomato
Salame, cheese, and tomato
Cheese and tomato pie with onions
Mushroom pie
Clams on the half shell

Beer, soda, and Silex coffee

On the clock, there is lettering reading:

We serve clams on the half shell

What's interesting about this to me is that they were apparently serving clams, but not clam pizza. Also, I happen to love Pepe's chicken pizza (white, with onions and spinach), but I always thought that chicken must be a recent addition to the menu. Well, it looks like they've been at it for at least 50 or 60 years, if not longer.

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