Restaurant: Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana – 59 Federal Road, Danbury, Connecticut and Multiple Locations

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana has quite a history and is easily one of the best-known pizzerias in Connecticut. Known locally as Pepe’s, it still stands in its original location in the Wooster Square neighborhood of New Haven, CT, as well as restaurants in various cities across the state.

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana

The Danbury location has a simple, green and white interior with an open kitchen. The centerpiece of the bustling kitchen is an enormous coal-fired oven. 

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana Kitchen
Kitchen at Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana

Pies are placed table-side on an oversized tin baking sheet. From there, it’s help yourself as you dig in.

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana Sausage and Mushroom Pizza
Sausage and Mushroom Pizza

chowed down on a pizza topped with sausage and mushrooms. While Pepe’s has a rich history, I was unfortunately unimpressed by their pizza. I found the crust to be floppy and the whole pie to be tasteless. 

Slice of Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana Sausage and Mushroom Pizza
Slice of Sausage and Mushroom Pizza

Other detractors are the silverware and plates. Pepe’s skips out on providing anything more than the basics – forks, knives and plastic plates. My biggest complaint is that the plastic plates are so tiny that a slice of pizza falls off the sides. Can’t you invest in some bigger plates?

The Verdict

I was excited to give Pepe’s a try, but unfortunately I left slightly disappointed. The pizza was pretty bland and the tiny plastic plates and lack of anything more than the basics had me thinking Pepe’s is trying to do whatever it can to save money and rein in the profits. Suggestion: buy some plates that at the very least fit a slice of pizza and invest in some silverware other than forks and knives. Maybe a serving utensil for the pizza? 

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