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Pepe’s pizza could be headed for Boston

Frank Pepe’s first store opened in 1925 in New Haven.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff/File/Globe Staff

The pizza that many fans and pie aficionados call America’s best may be coming to Boston.

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana is eyeing real estate in Boston and advertising to hire local managers, a spokeswoman for the company said Friday.

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana is famous for the white clam pizza.David Lyon

The New Haven pizza institution, commonly known as Pepe’s, is famous for mouth-watering thin crust pies baked in coal-fired brick ovens. The pizzas are recognized by many publications, from Zagat to Food & Wine, as among the greatest in the land.

The yet-to-be-determined Boston locations would be the company’s first outside its seven Connecticut stores and single Yonkers, N.Y., restaurant.

Speculation about Pepe’s arrival was sparked by a recent Craigslist ad seeking managers for multiple Boston locations under the headline of “Pepe’s pizza coming to Boston.”


The news led to a social media frenzy. Former New Haveners and Bostonians alike exclaimed their joy with comments like “Dreams do come true. . . ,” “I need this in my life,” and “There is a God.”

“My Connecticut heart and taste buds are cheering!!!” wrote @AngieinBoston.

The legendary pizzeria was founded in New Haven’s Wooster Square in 1925 by Italian immigrant Frank Pepe. The menu still includes a nearly nine-decade-old original tomato pie without mozzarella and the company’s signature white clam pie with fresh clams, grated cheese, olive oil, garlic, and oregano. The company has also served Foxon Park soda since 1925.

It is unclear when the first Pepe’s pizzeria would open in Boston.

Taryn Luna can be reached at taryn.luna@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @TarynLuna.