There are quite a few great pizza spots in Shelton, Connecticut, but nothing that can rival the legend that is Pepe's. A short drive will bring you to Wooster Street in New Haven, where you will find, quite honestly, the "Best Pizza in America". We're not exaggerating--Frank Pepe's White Clam Pizza hung out at the top of The Daily Meal's "Best Pizza in America" list for three years in a row.
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana (Pepe's, to the locals) opened its' doors and began making that famously crispy Neopolitan dream on Wooster Street way back in 1925. Frank Pepe was only 16 years old when he immigrated to America from the Amalfi coast of Italy. Although illiterate, Pepe knew the importance of hard work and toiled tirelessly in a factory job in New Haven until returning to Italy to fight in World War I. After leaving the military, Pepe married his wife, Filomena Volpi and returned to New Haven. With Filomena's help, Pepe eventually opened his pizza business. Starting off with just two pies (one with anchovies and the beloved Original Tomato Pie), Pepe's flourished and eventually grew into the renowned restaurant it is today.
That deliciously thin and crispy crust which Pepe's is known for is a result of a brick oven fired by coal. Frank Pepe knew wood fires created excessive steam, which can cause a pizza crust to be soggy. The hot, dry heat given off by coal gives Pepe's pizza its' trademark crust. The award-winning White Clam Pizza originated in the 1960s and is thought to have been inspired by Pepe's popular appetizer of raw little neck clams on the half shell.
Pepe's is a staple of the Wooster Street neighborhood of New Haven. This restaurant has been owned, expanded, and run by Frank Pepe's family for over 90 years. Pepe's is dedicated to the community and enjoys giving back by donating goods and services to local organizations. Next time you are craving pizza, you simply must make the short drive to Wooster Street to experience exquisite specialty pies like no other. Please feel free to contact us to learn more about excellent dining options near your home in Shelton.View All Posts