A nearly century-old Connecticut pizzeria that now operates 10 restaurants in the northeast will add two more in Massachusetts. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana will bring its acclaimed coal-fired pizza to Watertown, joining the ranks of a few other forthcoming restaurants in the Arsenal Yards development. This is in addition to the already announced Frank Pepe location in Burlington, Massachusetts, which should open next month.
Frank Pepe opened its first Massachusetts restaurant in Chestnut Hill at the end of 2015, spreading the reach of its long-coveted pizzas closer to Boston. Founded by its namesake in 1925, Frank Pepe is considered a New Haven institution, well-known for its white clam pizza. It’s one of several pizza — that is, apizza — mainstays in New Haven.
Pepe’s has not yet announced a timeline for its Watertown opening, but it will eventually operate alongside several other out-of-towners at Arsenal Yards, including the poke chain Pokéworks, burger chain Shake Shack, and pub chain City Works Eatery & Pour House, plus Rhode Island’s Condesa Restaurante Mexicano and the Boston area’s third location of Tender Greens.