Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana – New Haven, Conn.

Nation’s Restaurant News:

Pizza is the most popular delivery meal in the United States, but one of the first restaurants in the country to serve it actually did so to avoid having to take food to people’s homes.

Italian immigrant Frank Pepe, born in 1893, moved to New Haven, Conn., as a teenager and after the First World War got a job working at the Sargent lock factory.

Year founded: 1925

Founder: Frank Pepe

Known for: white clam pizza

Best-selling item: sausage and pepperoni pizza

Current owners: Frank Pepe’s seven grandchildren — Gary Bimonte, Genevieve Bimonte, Lisa Cusano, Bernadette Hackett, Jennifer Kelly, Anthony Rosselli and Francis Rosselli

Annual sales: not disclosed


“He didn’t care for it,” said Francis Rosselli, one of Pepe’s seven grandchildren, all of whom are currently active in the restaurant company’s operation. Read more.

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