Famed as one of the oldest pizzerias in America, Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, Pepe’s for short, continues to thrive as one of the greatest pizza innovators. Located in Wooster Square, also known as the ‘Little Italy’ of New Haven, Pepe’s maintains the pivotal role as the source of where ‘apizzas’ (New Haven-style thin crust pizzas) originated. It is also known as the original home of the White Clam Pizza, which founder Frank Pepe created from the restaurant’s appetisers of raw little neck clams. Over time, it became popular, especially at Pepe’s, and still remains a pizza staple.
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, 157 Wooster St., New Haven, CT, USA, +1 203 865 5762
Home of a wood-fired oven imported from Italy, Da Legna attracts both locals as well as visitors to taste their vast assortments of thin crust artisanal pizzas, particularly their variation of the famous White Clam pizza. What makes Da Legna’s pizzas special are two key factors: the oven, chef Dan Parillo’s cooking skills and craft and Dave Foster’s creativity and technique. Using only the finest ingredients, Chef Parillo cooks with over 25 years of experience over the oven as Dave Foster creates an original series of small plates and salads to add to the menu. Combined together, the three components create fresh full-course meals that consist of fresh pizza options, appetisers, complimentary dishes and desserts.
Da Legna, 858 State St., New Haven, CT, USA, +1 203 495 9999