Frank Pepe's is a bit of a legend, and one of the very first pizzeria's to open in the US. I try to make it a point to stop at the original New Haven, CT location as part of my semi-annual trips to NYC and it's about the only place I'll wait in line for anything! The lines get crazy long, but the best strategy is to get there 15-20 minutes before they open. They move fast, and once you're in the service is quick!
They are known for their original tomato pie and white clam pizza, but my favorite is the grilled chicken. It comes loaded with tons of marinated white meat, and even the small is big enough for two to share!
This recent trip wasn't planned, but the bf and recently spent a couple of days in CT for a Memorial Day party and we realized when we got to the hotel that we were staying directly across the street from the Danbury location!
The Danbury location was newer, and felt more like a traditional pizza parlor than the historic New Haven location. But, the wide open kitchen and brick oven in the back served as a reminder that this wasn't just any pizza place!
The bf and I decided to share a medium, half bacon and chicken for me (trying something new) and half onion and pepperoni for him. Despite our best efforts, we weren't able to finish the whole thing!
In case the picture above doesn't show just quite how big it was, here is a picture of one smaller slice in comparison to the plate!
Although the Danbury location wasn't quite as good as the original in New Haven, the NY - Italian style thin crust pie was still some of the best pizza I've ever had!