Choosing pizza toppings is a lot like being married: if there is an irreconcilable disagreement, both parties take half. Grab a piece of the pie with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of pizza, salad, and drinks at Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in Yonkers.
Known familiarly as Pepe’s Pizza, this artisanal eatery has served the Northeast for more than eight decades with its New Haven–style thin-crust pies, hand-crafted and baked in traditional ovens the way Frank Pepe made them when he first opened the pizzeria’s doors. A medium original tomato pie ($9.50) serves as a savory vehicle for toppings such as fresh garlic ($0.40), mozzarella ($2.50), Italian-imported anchovies ($2.80), oven-roasted red peppers ($4.20), and oven-roasted chicken ($5.40).
Those averse to tough topping decisions can entrust taste to a specialty pie such as Pepe’s famous white clam pizza ($19.50 for a medium) or the summer-seasonal fresh tomato pie ($17.40 for a medium), which shades diners as they eat it, unlike unwieldy parasols. Pepe’s salad ($3.95) presents a low-carb mélange of seasonal greens, grape tomatoes, cucumber, red cabbage, kalamata olives, and romano cheese bathed in balsamic vinaigrette.
New Haven’s refreshing Foxon Park Soda—kept carbonated by a fleet of straw-blowing fairies ($1.75 for a 12 oz. bottle)—has washed down slices of Pepe’s pizza since 1925. For adult taste buds, the pizzeria sells a selection of suds on tap, including Genesee ($1.50 for a glass), as well as a clutch of bottled brews such as Moretti Italian lager ($4).
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana
In 1909, Frank Pepe immigrated to the United States from his native town of Maiori, Italy. He was poor, illiterate, and just 16 years old—but he had a strong work ethic. After a stint in a New Haven factory and service as an Italian solider in World War I, he settled down for good in New Haven with his wife, Filomena, and started a bakery delivery service. But because he couldn’t read, he had trouble deciphering the orders. So he started having his customers come to him, and in 1925, he and Filomena added a simple item to the menu: Neapolitan-style pizzas.
To this day, the staff still heats up coal-fired ovens to bake the original tomato pies that Frank and Filomena first made famous. They can also add toppings such as bacon, Italian-imported anchovies, and house-roasted red peppers to their pizzas, or create specialty pies such as their signature white clam with olive oil, fresh garlic, and oregano. Diners can pair their pies with Pepe’s salad, tossed in balsamic vinaigrette, or have the server tap draft brews such as Sam Adams Boston Lager and Peroni. They’ve served Foxon Park soda since 1925, so diners can request bottles of cream soda or diet white-birch beer made from only the sveltest birch trees.
1955 Central Ave.
Yonkers, New York 10710Get Directions