Sunday, February 07, 2010

America's Stories visits Frank Pepe's and Lou Abate's on Wooster Street

Here is a wonderful video about pizza in America, that needs to be shared.

Amercia's Stories visited Frak Pepe's and had a long conversation with Gary Bimonte, grandson of Frank Pepe on Wooster Street in New Haven, Connecticut. Lou Abate of Abate's Pizza was also interviewed.

Gary goes into detail about the history of Frank Pepe as he explains how Frank started selling pizza slice by slice.

The story of Frank Pepe is America's story. Frank came off the boat with no money. He was able to get a job at a bakery. He sold pizza on the side.

After saving his money his was able to open his own pizzeria. He was a good man, a generous man. And he was a pizza master who taught many others to make pizza.

One of those was Lou Abate's father. The magic rubbed off and now Lou makes his own pizza down the street from Pepe's. He claims at times to make more pizza than Sally's
and Pepe's combined.

This is a wonderful film. My only issue with this film? I wished it was longer...

pizza all over, New Haven,
Albert Grande
The Pizza Promoter
Here is a great book that features pizza on Wooster Street: American Pie by Peter Reinhart:


Gabriella said...

Dear Pizzatherapy, this video was incredible. I love how each chef from each pizza place told their story and I especially liked the end where the chef walked through the restaurant and greeted the customers! After watching this, I will not look at pizza the same again. It is so true what the man said about how you are going to like the pizza you had growing up for life! I grew up in Greece and remember the pizza my mom would order from a local spot. They had the best cheese, havent found a place that compares since! This site was such a pleasure to visit. Well presented, clean, clear and beautiful photos/videos. I shall be returning for another delicious bite. Thank you for sharing,
Cheers, Gaby
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pizzatherapy said...

Thanks so much Gaby. I really enjoyed the video as well. I wish I had made it, it was great.
I have been to Pepe's and Sally's Apizza, many times, and I love theri pizza. I have not been to Abate's, but I must say I will give it a try next time I am on Wooster Street in New Haven.
pizza on earth,
albert grande
The Pizza Promoter