Pepe’s Pizza Expansion

Posted by Rich on March 11, 2006 in Food |

The Connecticut Post Online: ”

‘A slice of 1925’ comes to Fairfield

MEG BARONE, Correspondent

Commerce Drive in Fairfield doesn’t have quite the same ring as New Haven’s Wooster Street, but it now share a slice of the Elm City’s legendary pizza history.
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, established on Wooster Street in 1925, unofficially opened at 238 Commerce Drive this week to invited guests as the owners and staff turned out hundreds of pies to test the coal-burning brick oven before the March 13 grand opening.

The oven was fired up a month ago because it takes time to bring it to the proper temperature, said Ken Berry, the Pepe family’s project manager.

On Thursday, the restaurant cooked almost 200 pizzas to feed about 300 people, many of them city officials.

‘Many years ago, I was introduced to Pepe’s in New Haven, and it was an exciting experience then and I look forward to it being the same he”

I’ve been saying ever since I heard about this that it’s not going to work, that it can’t possibly be as good as the original and that they’re just going to end up diluting their brand. Maybe I’m just a pizza snob.

It seems though that most people don’t care about all that. To paraphrase a coworker who lives in Fairfield: “Even if it’s only half as good as the original, it will still be better than anything else around.”

(Via The Connecticut Post.)

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