A famous New England pizzeria is making a move into South Florida.
Earlier this month, Naples Florida Weekly reported
that Trinity Commercial Group
(TCG) has confirmed it was working with Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana to bring the Connecticut-based pizzeria to multiple cities in Southeast Florida.
Representatives for TCG did not respond to New Times' request for comment, but a spokesperson for Frank Pepe Pizzeria confirmed that the company will be opening a restaurant in Plantation, followed by a second possible Palm Beach County site in Delray Beach. The Frank Pepe website's jobs page lists Plantation as a location.
In 1925, founder Frank Pepe
opened his eponymous pizza shop in New Haven. Today, the original location, known locally as "The Spot" continues to be among the region's top-ranked pizzerias, which are known for creating the area's signature coal-fired, charred-crust "apizzas,"
chief among them Pepe's famed white clam pie, which marries five simple ingredients: freshly shucked littleneck clams, grated Pecorino-Romano cheese, garlic, olive oil, and oregano.
Today, family-owned Pepe operates 12 locations across the Northeast, including outlets in Connecticut, 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.
When it opens its first Florida restaurant, Pepe will join other iconic Connecticut pizzerias that recently announced southward expansion, including Stamford-born Colony Grill
, which will open a St. Petersburg restaurant
later this month and a second in Tampa next year.