#7 Frank Pepe (New Haven, Conn.)
If you want to discuss the loaded topic of America's best pizza with any authority, you've got to make a pilgrimage to this legendary New Haven spot. Frank Pepe opened his doors in Wooster Square in New Haven, Conn., back in 1925 offering classic Napoletana style pizza. After immigrating to the United States in 1909 at the age of 16 from Italy, Pepe took odd jobs before opening up his restaurant. Since its conception, Pepe's has opened an additional seven locations.
What should you order at this checklist destination? Two words: clam pie. This is a Northeastern pizza genre unto its own, and Pepe's is the best of them all -- freshly-shucked, briny littleneck clams, an intense dose of garlic, olive oil, oregano, and grated cheese atop a charcoal-colored crust. The advanced move? Clam pie with bacon. Just expect to wait in line if you get there after 11:30 a.m. on a weekend.
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