On May 19th, 2016 I had the privilege and pleasure of dining with Gary Bimonte, and several fellow bloggers at Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria Napoletana in West Hartford, CT. Gary Bimonte is the grandson of Frank Pepe.
A little history lesson for those who don’t know about Frank Pepe:
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana was founded in 1925 by Frank Pepe (1893-1969). Born in Italy, he immigrated to America in 1909 and worked until he was called back to Italy to fight in World War I. After the war, he got married and returned to America and to start his new life in New Haven, CT. Frank Pepe held several jobs until he decided to start his own bakery in New Haven (which is still in business today), known as Frank Pepe’s The Spot. Since opening his first bakery, Frank Pepe’s has grown dramatically expanding its market to multiple locations in Connecticut, as well as Boston and New York. In spite of the chain-like growth (Don’t call them a chain though, it’s blasphemous), they have consistently maintained the same quality pizza and service at every location, which says a lot about the commitment to success that Frank Pepe’s instills in each of its workers.
Ok, back to the food!
We were treated to several pizzas that night, the first being the Original Tomato Pie (I mean seriously, how could you go to a restaurant and not try the pizza that they are famous for?) The pizza was so good you didn’t even miss the cheese. The sauce alone stood on its own merit. Next was their signature White Clam Pizza. Now I will be the first to admit I don’t like clams, however after trying this pizza, I think I can learn to like them! The clams were cooked to perfection, not tough and chewy whatsoever. The sauce and the cheese were great as well! One of my favorite pizzas of the evening was the Spinach, Mushroom, Gorgonzola Pizza. Now anyone that knows about food, knows that Gorgonzola Cheese can go really right or really wrong when applied to a dish. Well, in this case the cheese went all the way right with this pizza! The pizza was flavorful, with mild notes of the gorgonzola cheese with each bite! I will definitely be trying this pizza again the next time I’m in the area. Also, if you’ve never had Birch Beer then it should definitely try it when you are dining at Frank Pepe’s. It’s made by Foxon Park and is sold exclusively in Frank Pepe’s establishments.
All in all, this was a great experience. I learned so much, and met some really great people. Special shoutout to Linda Kavanagh from MaxEx PR for affectionately dubbing me the Chocolate Martha Stewart LOL! Check out the gallery below for pics and info from the dinner!!!
Disclaimer: I was invited to attend this event hosted by MaxEx PR and Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria in exchange for writing a review on my blog. Although this was a sponsored post, the opinions are completely based on my personal experience.
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