Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!!

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leethebard
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Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 8:06 AM
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Wow, to me that photo should be in the dictionary next to the word PIZZA! I can smell the wood smoke on that crust. There are so many ways to make pizza, and so many tast buds out there, but to this pizza-lover, give me that wood-fired oven pizza any day. What would have made that pizza better was bigger whole leaves of fresh basil generously placed on top!

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 8:48 AM
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Gotta disagree here: I think that "thing" is about the nastiest pizza-wanna-be that I've ever seen!

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 9:02 AM
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I agree with leethrbard, those are some of the best pizza pies I've ever seen! ( ands I live in Chicago!!) I would love to have a PePe's near me!!!!!!!

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 9:08 AM
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Yes, and read the review and then look at the photo of the pepperoni...it's a work of art!

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 9:38 AM
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hutt, If I recall correctly you are a British citizen, yes?
You're excused.
That pizza is pure art. Chow Jim

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 9:42 AM
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It looks good to me!

That Fairfield location is only about 30 miles from my brother's house, so it is definitely on my list of restaurants to visit some time in the future.

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 9:46 AM
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Looks fantastic to me-drooling here....

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 9:51 AM
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Originally posted by Jimeats

hutt, If I recall correctly you are a British citizen, yes?
You're excused.
That pizza is pure art. Chow Jim


Yeah, a British citizen, born and raised in New York, where I remained for about 30 years, which means that out of very qualified judgement, and in my own personal opinion: about every one of the "pizzas" shown are crap.

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 9:58 AM
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This is the new improved me speaking: Oh well,to each his own taste buds...I'll take the crap then,hutt!

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 10:01 AM
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The pizza looks absolutely fabulous --- I wish we had a place like that around here.

Andrea

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 10:13 AM
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That's six yeh,one nay, anyone else out there,wood fired crust or not?

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 10:57 AM
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Originally posted by leethebard

That's six yeh,one nay, anyone else out there,wood fired crust or not?


LTB, you have to figure that for a lot of people, this is what they expect pizza to look like:



(You can guess where it is from)

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 11:02 AM
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Yeh...I hear you...again to each his own!!!!!!!

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 11:11 AM
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I'm with leethebard. Looks fabulous.

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 11:14 AM
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The word salty in the Pepe's picture caption turned me off right there. Thanks for the heads up on that one!

And Don, no, this is what we want:
[img]http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1012/899628270_08bdcd3906.jpg?v=0[/img]

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 11:17 AM
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That's a lot of vegetables on that pizza!

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 11:20 AM
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Yup, shrooms, green peppers, onion, black olives, tomatoes... Along with ham and pepperoni.

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 11:20 AM
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Yeah, a British citizen, born and raised in New York, where I remained for about 30 years, which means that out of very qualified judgement, and in my own personal opinion: about every one of the "pizzas" shown are crap.


wow, i personally think this sounds rather silly. you think the pizzas shown in the picture are crap based on the picture? have you ever eaten new haven style pizza (of which pepe's appizza, even in fairfield, is an excellent example)? i've grew up in both NYC and New Haven , and i can tell you, you'd be VERY hard pressed to find a pie in NYC that even comes close to that served at Pepe's (new haven OR fairfield locations). and yes, i've been going to difara for 15 years, long before he hit the cover of the voice, and yes i think UPN is a ripoff, and yes, i've eaten pizza in Napoli and all over italy MANY times and i can still safely say that calling a picture of a pepe's pizza, whatever it might be, "crap" is just plain silly. now if you've dined at Pepe's before and base your "opinions" (which personally sound a bit "trollish" to me) on a bad experience eating there, please do share this experience. but if you are purely basing your opinions on the picture... with all due respect- fb

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 11:29 AM
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hutt, You may want to revisit the thread and YOUR post about Beans for breakfast.
Moving on.

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 11:29 AM
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FrankBooth, You're so right...but if they don't want a Pepe's style pizza, or that luscious looking Pizza Uncle Vic posted,more for us!!!!!

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 11:39 AM
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Got to love some Jersey pizza. Was back home, in '05 and had one nice pie, from somewhere near Howell, NJ. It was so great. Beats anything out here in CA!

Just a nice simple pie, with sauce and muzz cheese...doesn't get much better than that...

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 12:14 PM
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As a New Haven native who had his first apizza at Frank Pepe's at the age of 4, all I can say is MAGNIFICENT! The plain pie -- the one with just tomato and grated cheese -- was always my favorite, but that might be because at 40 cents it was the only one I could afford as a kid. If you wanted mozzarella you had to pay 60 cents for an apizza. If you wanted mozzarella and sausage the cost was 80 cents. They didn't have pepperoni back then, thank God. Pepperoni was for sandwiches and salads, not appiza.

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 12:43 PM
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Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

As a New Haven native who had his first apizza at Frank Pepe's at the age of 4, all I can say is MAGNIFICENT! The plain pie -- the one with just tomato and grated cheese -- was always my favorite, but that might be because at 40 cents it was the only one I could afford as a kid. If you wanted mozzarella you had to pay 60 cents for an apizza. If you wanted mozzarella and sausage the cost was 80 cents. They didn't have pepperoni back then, thank God. Pepperoni was for sandwiches and salads, not appiza.


Holy cannoli, a totally positive Mr. Hoffman! Woo hoooooo!

FWIW, I actually think the photo does not remotely do justice to the wonderfulness that is Pepe's clam pizza.

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 12:58 PM
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I just logged on and after seeing the picture I quickly began to question weather or not I’m really having salad for lunch.

Looks incredibly good!

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 1:26 PM
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The question is....Do They Deliver??

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 1:37 PM
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Honestly, those photos of the pizzas are in no way good looking in a classical sense which just goes to show beauty may only be melted cheese deep. It is hard to comment about the taste of pizza by looks alone. After all Pizza Hut advertises beautiful looking perfectly arranged, proportioned and symmetrical pizzas.

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 2:29 PM
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This is a very unique looking and tasting pizza. Not for everybody. Which is good because that makes the line shorter for the rest of us.

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 6:41 PM
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Originally posted by hutt

....... I think that "thing" is about the nastiest pizza-wanna-be that I've ever seen!


Talk about your "bloody rubbish".

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 7:05 PM
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I had my first Pepe's pizza at the location in Manchester on the CT Tour in April and I loved it! Chris, Amy and I split a white clam pie and a tomato pie (no mozzarella). Loved them both. I'm a fan of the "less is more" philosophy when it comes to pizza.

I have to echo FrankBooth's comments, hutt. If you've tried it and it's a personal preference, that's one thing. But if you've never had one, try it first and THEN decide if it's good or not. There is a lot of Roadfood that ended up liking after having been introduced to it by this site, And I never would have thought to eat out of my comfort zone (sometimes) if not for RF!!

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 8:07 PM
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Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen


The question is....Do They Deliver??

They never have, and praise God, never will.

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 8:30 PM
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I have one thing to say. Some people have a really different opinion of what a good pizza is supposed to be. Pepe's is up there with the best and it is wonderful.

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 8:43 PM
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Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

quote:
Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen


The question is....Do They Deliver??

They never have, and praise God, never will.


Amen

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 9:06 PM
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Originally posted by Greymo

I have one thing to say. Some people have a really different opinion of what a good pizza is supposed to be. Pepe's is up there with the best and it is wonderful.

Regional tastes my friend... When I heard salty, it turned me off.. Not saying I wouldn't sample it. But if you read the whole review, either the Pepperoni or Original look fantastic to me! At least the crust is not charred to all be......


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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 10:08 PM
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I've only made it to the Pepe's in Fairfield; never made it into New Haven. Granted, the first pie shown at the top of the page (posting date: June 15th, 2008) is over done. But Pepe's pizza is one of those foods that tastes great in spite of the fact that it doesn't look as appealing as those dishes the food stylists of Gourmet magazine take great pains to make look good.

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 10:17 PM
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Overdone? Not for me! I love flavor of the charred crust! The char is usually just on the exterior and the interior of the crust is still warm and chewy.

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 10:18 PM
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Originally posted by hutt

Gotta disagree here: I think that "thing" is about the nastiest pizza-wanna-be that I've ever seen!


ROFL....I have only one thing to say....."mushy peas", I am sure they are MUCH better looking and TASTING than that pie.

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 10:26 PM
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A few of the comments on this thread talk about "wood-fired crust" or other references to wood at Pepe's. No wood. Please know that Pepe's (all locations) uses coal in its pizza oven, not wood. That's what makes Pepe's and a few other New Haven places unique.

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 10:36 PM
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Originally posted by Ciaoman

A few of the comments on this thread talk about "wood-fired crust" or other references to wood at Pepe's. No wood. Please know that Pepe's (all locations) uses coal in its pizza oven, not wood. That's what makes Pepe's and a few other New Haven places unique.


It's my understanding that only NH has a coal fired oven having been grandfathered in before the clean air act, if I am wrong I accept that but please peovide documented proof that "all" locations have coal burning ovens. BTW I whole heartdly love NH style apizza.

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Sun, 06/15/08 11:16 PM
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While I'm not able to supply a building permit, I can tell you that Manchester has a coal fired oven as I have seen it. The following link says that Pepe's is one of the few Ct. operations that has been grandfathered in for the coal fired ovens. http://pizzatherapy.blogspot.com/2007/10/pepes-opens-new-pizzeria-manchester.html

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Mon, 06/16/08 12:03 AM
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Originally posted by exsquidao

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Originally posted by Ciaoman

A few of the comments on this thread talk about "wood-fired crust" or other references to wood at Pepe's. No wood. Please know that Pepe's (all locations) uses coal in its pizza oven, not wood. That's what makes Pepe's and a few other New Haven places unique.


It's my understanding that only NH has a coal fired oven having been grandfathered in before the clean air act, if I am wrong I accept that but please peovide documented proof that "all" locations have coal burning ovens. BTW I whole heartdly love NH style apizza.


Pepe's Fairfield- definitely COAL fired.
Pepe's, Sally's, Modern, the Spot- ALL coal fired.

in NYC there are a few coal oven's grandfathered in (Lombardi's, one in the bronx whose name i forgot after very weak zza), but new haven's coal fired ovens give it the super snark. in NYC, the vast majority of brick ovens are WOOD fired (UPN, Anthony's, Franny's i believe), and the greatest pie in NYC (at Difara) is made in a simple metal pizza oven- NOTHING special ovenwise, VERY special pizzawise (grand pidana, reggiano parmigianno, MDB, fiori di late, fresh mozz, san marzanos- that's what i'm talking about).

and the 100 + year old ovens at Pepe's "The Spot" (the original pepe's oven- yes indeed) and at Sally's were originally bread ovens. those bricks have been seasoned for over 100+ years and that is a big part of the snark of the new haven pie. and if you want to really geek out about it, i've been told that the reason the pies in new haven are as outstanding as the great pies in Napoli is the mineral content of the water, meaning good and bad minerals, is similar and thus the crusts have a similar brilliance (think tortillas in the southwest in the desert and tortillas in NYC- barely the same product).

and FYI, when eating a new haven pie, if your hands are not covered in burnt black soot by the end of the meal, you've been eating your abeetz with a fork and a knife, and you biffed it. the burnt crust puts the new haven style pie over the top. and Dominic Demarco of Difara burns his crust too. and in italy, a char on the bottom of your pie is common in the greatest pizza spots. sure to each his own, but in certain pizzacentric circles, a nice char on the crust is a must! enjoy fb

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Mon, 06/16/08 7:56 AM
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Thanks for the info...wood or coal fired,that's one hell of a pizza!!!

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Mon, 06/16/08 10:23 AM
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Originally posted by exsquidao

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Originally posted by Ciaoman

A few of the comments on this thread talk about "wood-fired crust" or other references to wood at Pepe's. No wood. Please know that Pepe's (all locations) uses coal in its pizza oven, not wood. That's what makes Pepe's and a few other New Haven places unique.


It's my understanding that only NH has a coal fired oven having been grandfathered in before the clean air act, if I am wrong I accept that but please peovide documented proof that "all" locations have coal burning ovens. BTW I whole heartdly love NH style apizza.


Please expand on what you mean by "NH style apizza". As a NJ transplant living in NH-it is extremely difficult to find a good or even decent pizza. Most of my experiences in pizza are way too thick or tomato sauce on cardboard. I do like Elvio's and we travel there to get our pizza. Giueseppe's in Meredith is ok. What specific places are you referring too?


Thanks,

Nicolem

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Mon, 06/16/08 10:42 AM
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Originally posted by nicolem

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Originally posted by exsquidao

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Originally posted by Ciaoman

A few of the comments on this thread talk about "wood-fired crust" or other references to wood at Pepe's. No wood. Please know that Pepe's (all locations) uses coal in its pizza oven, not wood. That's what makes Pepe's and a few other New Haven places unique.


It's my understanding that only NH has a coal fired oven having been grandfathered in before the clean air act, if I am wrong I accept that but please peovide documented proof that "all" locations have coal burning ovens. BTW I whole heartdly love NH style apizza.


Please expand on what you mean by "NH style apizza".


I believe "NH" means New Haven in this context, not New Hampshire.

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Mon, 06/16/08 10:46 AM
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Thanks FB excellant info.

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Mon, 06/16/08 10:48 AM
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Originally posted by cecif

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Originally posted by nicolem

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Originally posted by exsquidao

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Originally posted by Ciaoman

A few of the comments on this thread talk about "wood-fired crust" or other references to wood at Pepe's. No wood. Please know that Pepe's (all locations) uses coal in its pizza oven, not wood. That's what makes Pepe's and a few other New Haven places unique.


It's my understanding that only NH has a coal fired oven having been grandfathered in before the clean air act, if I am wrong I accept that but please peovide documented proof that "all" locations have coal burning ovens. BTW I whole heartdly love NH style apizza.


Please expand on what you mean by "NH style apizza".


I believe "NH" means New Haven in this context, not New Hampshire.



Thanks. Gee I really got that one wrong, huh?

Sorry. I was just getting excited that there might be some other decent pizza places up here.

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RE: Today's photo:Pepe's Pizzeria!! - Mon, 06/16/08 12:49 PM
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According to the cool map on this website, there are at least 18 coal-fired pizza joints in NYC:

http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives/2007/11/slice-coal-oven-pizzeria-map.html