I had my first-ever Pepe's at the Manchester location last Thursday (July 24). We got there shortly before the dinner rush -- around 5 p.m.
I am sure I will get lynched when I say this, but I am afraid that I didn't think it was the best pizza I've ever had. It was certainly very good, although I don't care for the raw garlic that they put on the pizza (which is just a matter of personal taste). Had I known they were going to do that, I would have asked that it be omitted.
But I confess that I like a thinner and crisper crust. As I've aged, I find that I don't like the thick "edge crust" on many pizzas as much as I did when I was a college student in Chicago and ate "thick crust" all the time.
That said, I do think the sauce on their pizzas is, without a doubt, some of the best I've ever had.
We had a regular pizza with mushrooms. (In retrospect, I think I should have tried the "summer special" with fresh tomatoes. And asked them to hold the fresh garlic.)
We had some to take back to our hotel, but no way to reheat it. I didn't think it was all that good "cold" the next day. And I generally love cold pizza.
My husband has eaten at the New Haven location, and thinks it is a bit better. I might go back, but on my future Connecticut trips, hot lobster rolls are a much higher priority.