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May 22, 2008 01:09 PM

Frank Pepe Clam Pie: with/without Mozzarella?

Planning on a pilgrimage. So, white sauce, with or without Mozzarella? And how about Bacon with the clams?

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  1. I've been wanting to make the pilgrimage too - do report back!! Just have to convince my husband it's worth the gas.

    1. When ordering the White Clam, you should do so without the Mozzarella. Bacon is a decent add-on, but if you have never had the Clam Pie before, trying a small one without additional adornment would be the way to go, IMHO. Maybe half with bacon and half without if you don't think you will be able to visit again anytime soon for comparisons sake.

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      1. re: FoodieJim

        Thanks. I was leaning to no Mozzarella, but wanted to hear from the experts.

      2. I totally agree with FoodieJim's post. No scamotz. Try it once without bacon, it really needs no adornment.

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        1. re: cheshirecat

          scamotz is actually scamorza, precurser to mozzarella, america pizza cheese. lots of pizza makers used to use it - especially in bridgeport

        2. Never cheese, always bacon.
          Get a cheese and bacon pie also, and never larges, always smalls and lots of them!

          1. Hate to say it, but NO cheese. It pains me.

            Gary Bimonte says so here too. Great guy. Years ago on the way back from Lowell,
            I stopped in New Haven, and he and I got into a conversation where he revealed to me their intentions that Pepe's was going to become somewhat of a franchise. At first I thought this would surely compromise Pepe's pizza as we presently know it, but fortunately for us, the quality still remains the same as always. I still enjoy the New Haven locations most, and hopefully the Pepe Pizza legacy will carry on and continue to produce quality pizzas for many years to come.

            Gary discourages cheese (I still respect the guy).
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            1. re: Cheese Boy

              Yes I must concur Cheese Boy - no cheese! But having several locations is not the same as franchising. May Pepe's never sink to that unfortunate level.

              1. re: thos

                Thos, that's what I found most unsettling during our whole conversation. He used the word 'franchise'. If Pepe's becomes a *true* franchise, I hope it doesn't prove detrimental to their "flagship" stores.

              2. re: Cheese Boy

                Cheese boy, do you have any idea where these so-called franchises will be? I am not sure whether to be happy, anxious, or horrified.
                I do hope that he meant "franchise" as in, "off-shoot".

                1. re: vvvindaloo

                  I don't know, but I would guess that eventually Pepe's would be willing to try their luck and expand nationally. When I heard "franchise", to me it implied that people would be buying into the company. I suppose Pepe's stands to make a lot of money going this route and I can completely understand why they would even consider doing so [offering franchises]. Pepe's is fairly well known, (national acclaim) and I would say that this is true thanks in part to the many graduates of Yale. Many grads return home and wish they had a Pepe's back in their home state or in close proximity. Reminiscent of *their* days at Yale, surely the Clinton's wouldn't mind having a Pepe's Pizza somewhere in Westchester, Manhattan, Arkansas, or DC.

                  Hey, perhaps one day it will happen, and right now only time will tell.