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Clam, Pizza Lovers Take Note

The signature clam pizza is worth the drive up 1-95



    Clam, Pizza Lovers Take Note
    Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana

    There's a brick-oven, coal-fired pizza loaded with clams just a short drive away.

    New York City dwellers en route to Martha's Vineyard or anyplace up I-95, should check out Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven.

    A visit here is practically part of the curriculum at Yale. The signature white clam pizza, with parmesan and garlic, attracts locals and out-of-towners in the know.  The 84-year-old pizzeria is located right off the highway in the city’s Italian section on Wooster Street.

    A warren of simple wooden booths fills up fast and the line is out the door on Friday and Saturday starting at 3:30 in the afternoon.

    Don't bother driving over on Monday or Tuesday, they're closed. And Don't expect picture-perfect roundness either.  At Pepe the pizza is oblong…sorta.

    Cash only, no frills wine list and utilitarian tumblers for glasses.

    It's pizza not posh.