Now you can use Frank Pepe Pizzeria’s tomatoes at home
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana arrived at the Shops at Chestnut Hill almost four years ago with fanfare and an hours-long wait for a table. Lovers of the original location in New Haven came in droves for the coal-fired pies. These days Frank Pepe’s grandsons run the business, and every year they select, in a blind taste test, freshly harvested tomatoes from Italy for sauce. Now the chain is selling what they use in the restaurant in 28 oz. cans ($3.50 each; $10 for three) — whole peeled tomatoes in a lush tomato puree with basil labeled Genuine Italian Tomatoes. Crush the tomatoes and add a few pinches of salt for a pizza or pasta. You might not be able to turn out crust with the char like Pepe’s, but the sauce will be fresh tasting and delicious. Available at the restaurant at the Shops at Chestnut Hill, 199 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, 617-964-7373, and other Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana locations; Big Y World Class Market stores, or go to pepespizzeria.com.
ANN TRIEGER KURLAND