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New Haven's Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana is coming to Delray Beach, Plantation

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Photo courtesy of Frank Pepe's Pizzeria Napoletana

If you're from the New England area and love apizza, you'll be excited to learn one of Connecticut's favorite coal-fired pie shops is headed for South Florida.

On November 4, Naples Florida Weekly reported Trinity Commercial Group (TCG) said it was working to bring Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana to multiple cities in Southeast Florida.

While representatives for TCG did not provide comment, a spokesperosn for Frank Pepe Pizzeria did confirm the company is indeed expanding into South Florida with two locations confirmed for both Broward and Palm Beach counties.

According to the Frank Pepe website "jobs" page, which currently lists Plantation as a location, a lease has been signed for the first Florida restaurant.

In addition, a Delray Beach location is currently underway, the spokesperson confirms.

Founder Frank Pepe opened his eponymous pizza shop in New Haven, Connecticut in 1925. Today, the original New Haven location — known locally as "The Spot" — continues to rank among the region's top-rated pizzerias alongside Sally's and Modern.

All three restaurants are well-known for creating Connecticut‘s signature coal-fired, charred crust apizzas.

Highly regarded by pizza lovers across the country for its crispy, charred crust and commitment to doing things the “old school” way, Pepe’s is perhaps best known for is its mastering of a practice that seems like sacrilege to some — putting seafood on pizza.

The restaurant’s famous white clam pie uses just five ingredients: grated Pecorino-Romano cheese, fresh garlic, olive oil, oregano, and chopped clams. The menu highlight was most likely Pepe’s own idea, born from the fact that the pizzeria used to serve raw littleneck clams on the half-shell from Rhode Island as an appetizer.

The iconic pizza was created and added to the menu in the 1960's, and has become a viral sensation since. To this day, many agree that Pepe’s white clam pie is one of the best in the country, often imitated but never duplicated. The Daily Meal even named it #1 out of 101 of the best pizzas in America (view the full list here).

When it opens its first Florida restaurant, Pepe's will join other iconic Connecticut pizzerias that recently announced expansion into Florida, including Stamford-born Colony Grill, which will open a St. Petersburg restaurant later this month, and a second in Tampa next year.

Family-owned to this day, Pepe's currently has 12 locations across the Northeast including Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. The company is also planning a new location in Alexandria, Virginia, as it expands its footprint into the Washington, D.C. area.

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