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DVlicious: Frank Pepe's In Danbury, Fairfield, Wows With Old World Recipes

Gary Bimonte, the grandson of Frank Pepe, says the pizzeria's goal is to bring customers the same quality pizza they have grown to love.
Gary Bimonte, the grandson of Frank Pepe, says the pizzeria's goal is to bring customers the same quality pizza they have grown to love. Photo Credit: Submitted
Frank Pepe's is famous for its white clam pies.
Frank Pepe's is famous for its white clam pies. Photo Credit: Submitted
Frank Pepe's co-owners Gary Bimonte and Frank Rosselli test the tomatoes for all of Frank Pepe's 2017 pizzas.
Frank Pepe's co-owners Gary Bimonte and Frank Rosselli test the tomatoes for all of Frank Pepe's 2017 pizzas. Photo Credit: Contributed
Frank Pepe's relies on old family recipes.
Frank Pepe's relies on old family recipes. Photo Credit: Instagram

DANBURY, Conn. -- Bright plum-tomato sauce, puddles of melted mozzarella, a perfectly charred crust … does life get any better with the perfect slice in front of you? We think not.

Poll
Who Has the DVlcious Best Pizza in Fairfield County?
Reader Results Voting Closed

Who Has the DVlcious Best Pizza in Fairfield County?

  • Coalhouse Pizza, Stamford
    2%
  • Colony Grill, Stamford, Fairfield, Norwalk
    43%
  • Fire Engine Pizza, Bridgeport
    44%
  • Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, Fairfield, Danbury
    11%
  • Tarry Lodge, Westport
    1%

Five finalists are vying for Fairfield County's DVlicious "Best Pizza," each of which is being profiled this week.

Click and vote for your favorite – you have until 4 p.m. Thursday, April 27 and you can vote multiple times, albeit once per day.

But before that, grab some Parmesan and read on.

Frank Pepe Pizzeria, Danbury, Fairfield

What Makes It Good: Touted as “America’s Best Pizza” by The Daily Meal, one of the “Incredible American Pizza Joints You Need to Eat in Before You Die” from Culture Trip, and featured as a “Constitution State Staple” as seen on the Food Network, Pepe’s remains true to its concept -- deeply rooted in family and in history.

Its coal-fired Neapolitan style pizzas are beloved from here to New Haven and still use the same family recipes that patriarch Frank Pepe grew up with in his town of Maiori, on the Amalfi coast of Italy. Folks drive out of their way for the pizzeria's crisp, chewy crust, yearly taste-tested Italian tomatoes that go into their sauce, and the highest quality toppings. The white clam is a perennial favorite.

Grab a Slice: 59 Federal Rd., Danbury, (203) 790-7373; 238 Commerce Dr., Fairfield, (203) 333-7373; www.pepespizzeria.com /

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