Pepe's Pizzeria

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana

Pizza Place$$$$
Wooster Square - Mill River, New Haven
  • Chenyu
    "Try the White Clam Pizza - Amazing white clam pizza - must try"(20 Tips)
    Whitney S.
    "Original tomato pie with mozzarella is outstanding"(19 Tips)
    Matt C.
    "Get the clam pie with Mozzarella."(9 Tips)
    Katie C.
    "Fresh mozzarella with basil and white birch beer for the win here."(6 Tips)
220 Tips and reviews
  • pizza
  • tomato pie
  • lively
  • birch beer
  • family-friendly
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  • Djaniella D.
    Djaniella D.February 20
    Grab a clam pizza & a classic tomato pizza with a side of white birch beer. SUPERB. Worth the wait & worth the hype. Their shop next door does take out so you can bring the party to wherever you want!
  • Jen K.
    Jen KarrAugust 8, 2014
    If you're here from July-Sept, get the fresh tomato pizza - you won't regret it! Also a terrific little house chianti is available - such a perfect leisurely summer lunch. Totally lives up to hype!
  • Alex R.
    Alex RainertAugust 31, 2013
    Awesome no frills atmosphere. Just great pizza and beer with hyper efficient service. Don't you dare sleep on their White Clam pizza. You might find clam pizzas elsewhere but no one does it like this.
  • Ashe B.
    Ashe BApril 2
    Best Pizza!! Great flavor. There is a parking lot right before the restaurant. Wait in the waiting room. They will come and get you. Can't go wrong with a yuengling and pizza!
  • Nadia Nataliiya N.
    Amazing food and atmosphere! The white spinach, mushroom, gorgonzola with chicken is a slice of heaven! All you need is a date and a glass of chianti and your set 🍷🍴💑🍕😃
  • Russell H.
    Arrived Sat at 11, walked right in. Parking next door was empty too. Small clam was crispy clammy garlicy. Large original was doughy chewy cheesy, forgot homemade sausage! Combine halves of diff pies!
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissAugust 27, 2015
    The white clam pizza is more unique, but the fresh tomato pie (with pepperoni, obviously) may be more delicious. Perfect food stop halfway between Boston and NYC.
  • Kathrine
    KathrineJuly 28, 2015
    Get the fresh tomato pizza when it's in season! We added onions and pepperonis to it as well. Delicious!! Definitely one of the best pizzas I've ever had.
  • Julio I.
    Julio IbarraMay 15, 2013
    The white clam pizza with the house wine is fantastic. Best time to go is during the week, few crowds. However the wait is very well worth it. So be quiet, and stand on line.
  • Bunny P.
    Bunny PNovember 16, 2014
    This place stands out from the pizza-reastaurant-heavy part of Wooster Street. The wait was a little long, but there are some things in life worth waiting for and one of those things is good pizza.
  • Curtis S.
    Curtis ShoungJanuary 18, 2015
    My buddy (nyc guy) says its the best pizza in America. I find it hard to make a strong argument otherwise. If not top, then top 5? 10? Either way, worth the wait in the cold.
  • Greg D.
    Greg D'AndreaAugust 19, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    This place is legendary. I've had pizza all over the country and this is hands down the best! Known for their white clam pie, but try a shrimp, garlic and basil combo too.
  • Ilan A.
    Ilan AliphasApril 27, 2013
    The Spot on the back is actually the original spot of Frank Pepe & the wait is usually much shorter. The pizza oven is over 100 years old!
  • Matthew B.
    Matthew BurtonAugust 18, 2014
    You'll see two separate structures: Frank Pepe's, and Original Frank Pepe's. They're the same company, same ingredients, etc. I think the "non-original" has more menu items. "Original" is just pizza.
  • Frank R.
    Frank RimalovskiJanuary 30, 2012
    Hard to live up to the hype about this place, but was pretty damn good! Must try the clam pizza and white birch beer. Sausage & onion was another group favorite. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Susan C.
    Susan ClaxtonAugust 13, 2014
    Hadn't been to pepe's in 20 years. We got the clam pizza and it's as divine as I remembered. Sweet clams. Tons of garlic. Crunchy thin crust. Try it. You'll like it.
  • Alexander T.
    Alexander Tsui ‮December 4, 2014
    If you are visiting New Haven and you walk past this place hungry, you've got some issues. Don't forget the Mozzarella!
  • Stacey H.
    Stacey HerronJuly 6, 2013
    Totally lives up to the hype. Super-tasty pizza. I suggest the original tomato + mozzarella and then add whatever you personally like. Treat yourself to two cold draft Peronis, too.
  • Best Delegate
    Best DelegateSeptember 6, 2011
    Hello SCSY delegates! I'm impressed you made it out this far from the Yale campus - now you're in for a treat! Pizza was pretty much invented here! The white clam pizza is a specialty here
  • Josh B.
    Josh BowdenAugust 10, 2013
    If you like coal-oven pizza, this can't be beat. Service is quick, but don't expect warm and fuzzier from the staff...the place is a machine. Pro tip: get there before they open at 11am to get in line
  • Food52
    Food52July 2, 2015
    Located on Wooster Street near the Farmers' Market, Pepe's is arguably the most famous pizza in New Haven, mostly because of their white clam pizza. Read more
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinMay 26, 2015
    It's solid and a total landmark, but not exactly the best pizzeria in the world. Both The Spot and the neighboring location have the same menu and pie, so go wherever the wait is least!
  • Hamid A.
    Hamid AlanJuly 28, 2013
    Best pizza in CT we had the tomato pie, half mushroom, and half vegetables.. Worth the drive ;)
  • Michelle A.
    Michelle A.August 3, 2011
    Amazing pizza that puts most NYC pizzerias to shame (this is coming from a native New Yorker). If you're in town during the summer, try the fresh tomato pie.
  • Aleksey
    AlekseyAugust 14, 2015
    The. Best. Pizza. Ever. Seriously, come here to enjoy thin crust clam and fresh tomatoes pizzas, and don't forget to get a glass of chianti.
  • Edward H.
    Edward HomickSeptember 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    best pizza in the entire country, hands down, no trip to new haven is complete without a stop here to get some delicious pie, well worth the long lines and wait
  • Donald d.
    Donald deGraffenriedDecember 17, 2015
    Frank Pepe is an icon in New Haven. The pizza is hot, cheesy and comes to the table fairly quickly. I favor the half cheese and pepperoni.
  • Kyle
    KyleJuly 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This place has the best pizza I've ever had, hands down way better then Sally's. Compared to Sally's, Pepe's is cleaner, has WAY better service, and THE FOOD IS DELICIOUS!
  • BestDelegate b.
    Hello SCSY delegates! I'm impressed you made it out this far from the Yale campus - now you're in for a treat! Pizza was pretty much invented here! The white clam pizza is a specialty here Read more
  • Sofia P.
    Everything here is good. I love the four cheese (doesn't sound exciting but it's heaven). Come late to skip the line.
  • Jimmy V.
    Jimmy ViolanoMarch 27, 2012
    I've shared many pies at Pepe's with My aunt Louise DeLauro and cousin congress women Rosa Delauro.It's now owned by a good friend Gary Bimonte and the pie is still the best ever
  • Alana L.
    Alana LewisMarch 29
    I'm not a crust eater, the crust is really charred so I cut it off. I've had better fire grilled pizza. I tried the pizza per a recommendation from a friend who is from here, would rate this a 6
  • Srikanth N.
    Srikanth NagavarapuApril 9, 2013
    This is a 'must-do' for New Haven visitors. Totally worth it. Try the white birch root beer along with the Pizza.
  • Bonnie D.
    Bonnie DingusApril 1, 2014
    Try the white clam or the tomato pie with FoxonPark birch beer. You're welcome!
  • Julio I.
    Julio IbarraMay 15, 2013
    The best house wine and pizza. You can't get more real Italian than this.
  • Telliffier M.
    Telliffier MorrisDecember 6, 2013
    The only place that can compare to New York pizza! Such a good place! Lines are worth the wait and they go quick anyway!
  • Michele D.
    Michele DowlingApril 3, 2015
    The wait for a sit was a little ridiculous. It took us longer to sit at a booth. But, once we sat the food was great. Defiantly worth the wait.
  • Charlotte M.
    Charlotte Murphy3 weeks ago
    Nearly all the pizzas are great. The trick is their oven, so with a perfect crust, the topping options abound
  • Karl S.
    Karl SchafferAugust 12, 2015
    pizza was tops. go early to avoid the line. weekday at 5pm was perfect
  • Andre P.
    Andre PenikisAugust 13, 2012
    To call Pepe's a pizza place is akin to calling the Taj Mahal a house. Pepe's is THE pizza place. The one which all other pizza places are measured against.
  • MuseumNerd
    MuseumNerdJuly 8, 2012
    Lines are long for tables. Waltz right in, get carry out, and eat it in the park a block away!
    USA TODAYNovember 22, 2010
    The signature white clam pizza, a combination of fresh clams and garlic is worth the wait in this inviting Italian neighborhood on Wooster Street. Read more
  • Blake A.
    Blake AbeneMay 28, 2012
    Drove all the way from Brooklyn....was worth it...better than NYC pie? Not so sure, but definitely different and amazing in its own way. Will be back.
  • David S.
    David SMarch 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Pepes is great. Try the quadruple pizza program to decide for yourself "who had the best Pizza" Modern, Pepes, Sally's, And Bar?
  • Matt C.
    Matt CMarch 23, 2014
    Get the clam pie with Mozzarella. It adds an awesome gooey element to an already great pie!
  • Dave R.
    Dave RichardOctober 13, 2015
    Classic, Amazing new haven pizza. The clam pizza was fantastic.
  • Sony Mobile WTA
    Sony Mobile WTAAugust 1, 2011
    Best pizza in town according to the locals! The thin crust pizza baked in the brick oven is just mouth-watering!
  • Tobias
    TobiasJanuary 16, 2010
    A nice thinner crust, coal fired pizza. I think it's very tasty and with shrimp, chicken & extra cheese,Foxon Root Beer definitely a plus to go with the pizza. Original and only one to go to. Read more
  • lauren
    laurenJanuary 21, 2015
    If you live in NY, save the pitstop and go to Bleecker Street. Unless you love clams pizza, this is nothing to write home about. Thin crust & basic.
  • Roger S.
    Roger SchonfeldAugust 8, 2014
    Plain tomato pie with mozzarella. Spinach and garlic. Foxon Park beverages. The Spot is fine if main shop line too long.
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