So recently we visited Frank Pepes which is a chain, a small one at that, which is supposedly one of the Neapolitan pizza makers. Hmmm. Well it was on TV and the original one was in Connecticut. This one is in NY, Yonkers to be exact and we had to see what the big deal was. We gave up swimming—a healthier option, to try it out, on a Friday no less.
So I must gripe about Yonkers first. Why are parts of Yonkers like NJ? This no UTURN business and having special roads to make U-turns thing is crazy. I guess. Also there is a side road when coming from 87 and in order to get on it, you have to use the side street to have access—you go up, come back down and you make that hard right. Yeah, what planet am I on.
Let’s get back to the pizza discussion. I had to gripe a little first. So right next to the shop is a Kia dealer and by the way, we have a plug in Kia—hybrid not full. We got excited when we say the Kia dealer right next door. However it was not going to be. We read reviews and guides and it seemed that there would be this wild charge and there was also some barrier to getting that as the manager on duty could make the call and sometimes there was the thought that it was a waste of electricity. So with all that hoopla, my husband decided not to even go up to the front door.
The parking right in front of the shop is metered. DAMM. We were lucky to find the spot in front of Kia a few spaces down that was not metered.
So we got in and we were seated in like 30 seconds.
When we got in, there were two seating areas and this large production area with white tiles and counter space. To the back left side I could see them making dough or at least fiddling with food stock and it was in full view. In the main part there was one or two guys working the large oven with these large 9 foot plus pizza sticks. It would push the pizzas way back in the oven. I mean it makes sense. The pizzas are also made to order so it takes about 15 or so minutes for the pies to get done and well If you are hungry that is like an eternity. They also only provide salad in addition to the pizza so if you need more than that, you have to pre-game but not too much as you want to eat all the pizza.
They bring the finished pies out on these sheet trays. It’s crazy, Utopian in a way, but it is easy to clean, stack and it assures that all are uniform and a bunch of other things you can say about that. Man I was so hungry just waiting. We had to keep my 4 year old busy. Ever try that in a place where there is no sound barrier and everyone is in everyone’s business and it seems like a civilized pizza parlor.
So at this time people were pouring into the place. A few people came at a time every few minutes. Parking is a little hellish so you have to really wait till someone leaves. So I ordered the mushroom, Gorgonzola and spinach pie and my husband ordered the Margherita. I was like-wtf. In all fairness, if that pie is not made well, then all the other stuff would be crap. I believe you might need to always have a good base and add on from there but the original must always be great.
So we managed to polish off 95% and I took one more slice and remembered that I could not fit into my black pants so yeah, I took the last two slices homes.
Would I go back, probably? It’s kind of far so it would not make sense. However if I knew that I could always find a good pizza there, then I could go back. We will have to try the Connecticut one as well to really see if there is a difference.
Okay, I am done pizzaing.