World-Famous Pepe's Pizzeria Opening in Boston

Frank Pepe's Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven, Conn., May 17, 2008. (Robyn Lee/Flickr)

In a move that's sure to give Pizzeria Regina some saucy competition, it seems Frank Pepe's is contemplating a move to Boston.

Boston Magazine first reported on a Craigslist ad that indicated the pizzeria, revered as one of the nation's best, has plans to open locations in the Boston area. That's right. More than one.

The Craigslist ad is for a manager. "Our Menu is simple, Pizza, Beer & Soda. Zagat's has reviewed Frank Pepe Pizza as the 'best pizza on the planet'. The recipe for our handcrafted pizza hasn't changed in over 85 years, nor has the oven we use," the ad reads.

Frank Pepe's is known specifically for its white clam pizza. Lines at the original New Haven, Conn., location are often around the block. According to its web site, the origination of the white-clam pizza "was most likely an organic inspiration by Frank Pepe; an idea born from the fact that Pepe's also served raw little neck clams from Rhode Island, on the half shell, as an appetizer.

"This development occurred around the mid 1960's and gradually became popular over the next 40 years. Contrary to what many have heard, Frank Pepe did not have an allergy to cheese and tomatoes and the white clam pizza's evolution should not be attributed to this false malady."

Since opening in New Haven 85 years ago, the pizzeria has added seven locations: six in Connecticut and one in Yonkers, N.Y.

A call and an email to Pepe's seeking comment received no response.

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