As of today, there are seven Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana locations across Connecticut, with an eighth coming to Stamford soon. Have you tried them all? I have, do you think there are any major differences at each location?

The first time I tried Pepe's Pizza was in 1991 at their original location - 158 Wooster Street in New Haven. There were no lines of people waiting outside back then, unless it was on the weekend, and then maybe you had to wait 10-15 minutes for one of the micro-tables inside. I tried to go back to Wooster Street two weeks ago on a Sunday afternoon, and there were probably 20-30 people in line. Instead of waiting, we drove out to Mohegan Sun and ate at the Pepe's in the Shops at Mohegan Sun.


What happened while we were waiting for our white clam pie is why I'm writing this, everyone seated near us started debating if the pizza was better at the casino, or Wooster Street. One couple swore that the decades of cooking that the Wooster Street oven could not be replicated elsewhere, another couple laid the blame on staff at each location.

I've noticed the staff at any Pepe's location I've been in around Connecticut does not mess around. The facilities at each look very similar, as do the ovens. I can honestly say that I've never been disappointed at a pizza that came out of any of their ovens.

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Staffing, that to me is the only difference between the locations. I'm sure that the ingredients at each are uniform, but depending on the skill of the pizza maker, that's where I think you may encounter a slight difference between the pies. Sally's and Modern, let's see if you can hold up to the standard that Pepe's has set.

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