Nationally Famous Pizzeria Coming to Watertown

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Charlie Breitrose

The sign outside the original Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven, Conn.

The sign outside the original Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven, Conn.

Watertown residents will be able to get pizza from one of the most famous pizzerias in the nation when it opens at the new Arsenal Yards project.

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana recently signed a lease to open at the new development on the site of the former Arsenal Mall, according to Andrew Copelotti, project manager for developer Boylston Properties.

Frank Pepe’s was founded in New Haven, Conn., in 1925 by Frank Pepe, who emigrated from Italy’s Amalfi Coast. The pizzeria is considered by some to make the best pizza in the United States, including being ranked No. 1 by Daily Meal. One of Pepe’s specialties is the white clam pizza.

Frank Pepe’s currently has 10 locations, including one in Massachusetts at the Chestnut Hill Mall, and another one planned for the Burlington Mall area.

The restaurant is one of several already signed to open at Arsenal Yards. Others include Shake Shack, City Works Eatery and Pour House, Tender Greens, Pokeworks and Condesa Restaurante Mexicano. Copelotti said he anticipates several others will join them.

12 thoughts on “Nationally Famous Pizzeria Coming to Watertown

  1. This former New Haven born and resident and current Watertown resident welcomes Frank Pepe and his very excellent pizza to Watertown. I’ve lived in many places over the years – Connecticut, Okinawa, California and now Massachusetts. No pizza beats New Haven pizza. 😉

  2. New Haven has the best pizza ever. I grew up going to Frank Pepe’s, our family favorite every Fri night. But now I’m more than grown and live in Watertown and when I go ‘home’ to CT I can’t abide the 2-hr wait in line, so am happy to go to Modern Pizza in New Haven. Can’t believe I’ll have Frank Pepe’s again, and up here, to boot! Hope it’s as good as it was in New Haven in the 60s. 🙂

  3. Yes, it is very good pizza and locally owned. To blazes with Frank Pepe! Support the best local food establishments. There are many great ones.

  4. My favorite is Leonies at 292 Broadway in Somerville.
    The Somerville Squares are Great!
    We also love Stella’s in Coolidge Square.

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