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Pepe's Pizzeria Napoletana

157 Wooster St, New Haven, CT - (203) 865-5762
At Pepe's, the greatest (and original) of the pizzerias on New Haven’s Wooster Street, you walk into a room with an open kitchen in back where white-aproned pizza men enact a ritual originated by Frank Pepe more than seventy years ago: bombs of dough are flattened on a marble table, clouds of spice are strewn in an instant, and long wooden bakers' peels are used to inject pizzas deep into the coal-fired oven. It is a hypnotic scene, untouched by time or fashion.
93% Approval Rating (95 votes)

Scorecard

5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Fresh Tomato Pie
Pepperoni Pizza
white clam pizza
Bacon & Mushroom Pizza
Original tomato pie
Gassosa
Original Tomato Pie with Mozzarella
White Birch Beer
Sausage Pizza

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (6)
Roadfood.com Editor
"At Pepe's, the greatest (and original) of the pizzerias on New Haven’s Wooster Street, you walk into a room with an open kitchen in back where white-aproned pizza men enact a ritual originated by Frank Pepe more than seventy years ago: bombs of dough are flattened on ..."   [Read More]
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Mike Iacoucci - Photos (2)
October 19, 2010
"My father-in-law has been raving about this place for years. Being a New Yorker right outside of NYC, I was always extremely satisfied with the pizza I've had around me, so I did not see the need to trek to New Haven. Plus my NY pizza arrogance refused me the ability ..."   [Read More]
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Matthew Lupoli
January 06, 2009
"I was born and raised in North Haven, hence I was raised on New Haven-style pizza (apizza). I am so used to it that when I moved away to college for four years I thought that I would die without eating a slice of it. I recently went on a taste test with some of my ..."   [Read More]
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Jeff Snyder
December 24, 2005
"I could not believe that I actually let my wife talk me into waiting in line outside in the freezing cold for 90 minutues for PIZZA. I am a tough critic, and I was not one bit disappointed. The pizza is heavenly. The best in the world. Worth the wait. I ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

157 Wooster St, New Haven, CT
(203) 865-5762

http://www.pepespizzeria.com/

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:No Data
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
When the warden asks us what we want for our last meal, this is it: Pepe's white clam pizza.
"When the warden asks us what we want for our last meal, this is it: Pepe's white clam pizza."
Michael Stern





One of Pepe's great combos: roasted red peppers and pepperoni. The peppers, roasted in house, are fresh and full-flavored; the thick disks of pepperoni pack spicy wallop.
"One of Pepe's great combos: roasted red peppers and pepperoni. The peppers, roasted in house, are fresh and full-flavored; the thick disks of pepperoni pack spicy wallop."
Michael Stern


This incredibly simple tomato pie should be ordered as often as possible, just to enjoy the sauce-and-crust combination.
"This incredibly simple tomato pie should be ordered as often as possible, just to enjoy the sauce-and-crust combination."
Chris & Amy Ayers


I've heard much praise over the years for this particular pizza (white clam) and it far exceeded my expectations.  I walked away trying to understand why more pizzerias don't make them this good.  That crust still haunts me three months later.
"I've heard much praise over the years for this particular pizza (white clam) and it far exceeded my expectations. I walked away trying to understand why more pizzerias don't make them this good. That crust still haunts me three months later."
Bill Homan


The texture of a white clam pizza is almost as wonderful as the taste. Note the tender clams, the soft-cooked bits of garlic, the chewy crust .... ah, heaven!
"The texture of a white clam pizza is almost as wonderful as the taste. Note the tender clams, the soft-cooked bits of garlic, the chewy crust .... ah, heaven!"
Michael Stern


Pepe's original tomato pie with mozzarella - large - right out of the oven.
"Pepe's original tomato pie with mozzarella - large - right out of the oven."
Mike Iacoucci


A very dry, crisp, and refreshing lemon soda, my favorite thus far of the Foxon Park line of drinks.
"A very dry, crisp, and refreshing lemon soda, my favorite thus far of the Foxon Park line of drinks."
Bill Homan


A fruit of summer: fresh tomato pie
"A fruit of summer: fresh tomato pie"
Michael Stern


Every time I order the famous white clam pie, I realize that I really don’t want to have to do without it—ever.
"Every time I order the famous white clam pie, I realize that I really don’t want to have to do without it—ever."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Doing the same thing for over 85 years and the commitment to doing it right show in each pie.
"Doing the same thing for over 85 years and the commitment to doing it right show in each pie."
Bill Homan


The famous coal-burning Frank Pepe's oven from 1925.
"The famous coal-burning Frank Pepe's oven from 1925."
Mike Iacoucci


My friend Doug and I finally made it here in July of 2011.  Pepe's has been on my short list of must-try places for quite a few years.
"My friend Doug and I finally made it here in July of 2011. Pepe's has been on my short list of must-try places for quite a few years."
Bill Homan


Part of the experience of a meal at Pepe's is waiting -- first out in the street for a table, then at the table for the pizza to arrive.  By the time you get it, your tastebuds are screaming in desperation.
"Part of the experience of a meal at Pepe's is waiting -- first out in the street for a table, then at the table for the pizza to arrive. By the time you get it, your tastebuds are screaming in desperation."
Michael Stern


This metal arch over Wooster Street welcomes visitors to New Haven's Little Italy:  home of the best pizza on earth.
"This metal arch over Wooster Street welcomes visitors to New Haven's Little Italy: home of the best pizza on earth."
Michael Stern



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