Overall solid pizza. Good crust and sauce. Definitely would recommend the Margherita pizza!
patron.pageviews4/9/21, 9:38 p.m.
Solid pie, tomato pie was alot better than the cheese, good experience
christopher.aquilino4/3/21, 1:26 p.m.
Frank Pepe’s in Yonkers. I didn’t realize this was a small chain in the northeast. I thought there were only two of locations. But it’s got a reputation to hold up from the original New Haven location. This is definitely a distinctive pizza. I think it’s easily worth trying. It’s also more a connoisseur’s type pizza for a couple reasons that I think your average person might find polarizing. But the rep is deserved. So I got the Tomato Pie w/Mozzarella. First, the crust it’s thin, light, and airy. Pies are more than well done. Combined with the smokiness or the coal fired oven and charcoal flavor, it’s to the point I think some would argue this pizza tastes burnt. I don’t think that’s exactly true but i feel the smoky flavor and crunchy well doneness is polarizing. The sauce is tomatoey. You’ll taste chunks of canned tomato that I don’t think had even a bit of salt or any seasoning added. That hurt it, IMO. I either like the natural San Marzano type sweetness to come through or a simmered seasoned sauce. This didn’t really standout in either direction except that it had a neutral, slightly tangy pure tomato flavor. That’s honestly better than your average NY slice though. Mozzarella is creamy. I think it’s got to be low moisture whole milk type but with only a thin layer. Because slices weren’t heavy and only a bit of grease. Overall, I think the Tomato Pie with Mozzarella needed salt to the sauce or sweeter tomatoes. Take or leave, I could leave the amount of sooty smokiness you get from the crust. But I don’t hate it. They sell a seasonal Fresh Tomato Pie with mozzarella, garlic, basil, pecorino, tomatoes, and olive oil that I’m confident I’ll like and score 8.0 or higher. I think my scoring system bit be a 0.5 to a 1.0 too harsh—particularly against my own local joints. But just adjust up for that. I’m just trying to give people a sense of my tastes, pizza experience, and an idea of what they might like.
d-pizza1/24/21, 2:04 a.m.
Perhaps I was just in the mood for this kind of pizza, but it was really exceptional. Perfect crispy crust, delicious creamy cheese and nearly perfect sauce. I actually enjoyed it a good bit more than I enjoyed the location in New Haven. Really strong work by these folks tonight.
mdz33901/1/21, 11:53 p.m.
Very good dough/crust - don’t be fooled by the photo this is a very light/thin crust pizza which is how I like it. The sauce needed a bit more pop. Overall solid pizza.
tara.guerra12/13/20, 2:00 a.m.
Lots of flop and oil but sometimes thats what I’m in the mood for. Good Saturday night pizza! Will be back!
frank.reese11/28/20, 12:37 a.m.
Very doughy. Lots of flop. Ok taste. Maybe New Haven is better? Just average. Ok crunch
goblue_84511/26/20, 12:47 a.m.
-Pepe’s Original Tomato- Was excited when I moved to Tuckahoe, knowing that a Pepe’s location was eight minutes down the road, but if you’re expecting to draw comparisons to the original Pepe’s in New Haven, expect otherwise. First, there were only two people working in the entire place, scrambling like mad. They were extremely hard-working and deserved to be tipped well, but to no fault of their own, all of the orders were mixed up and my pie was sitting there for ten-plus additional minutes. Secondly, while the crust looked clean, crispy, and had a good undercarriage, it tasted on the stale side and there was no crunch. Lastly, while the sauce didn’t taste canned in any way, it certainly wasn’t authentic, either. All in all, the pie was average at best but just don’t go in expecting similarities with New Haven.
jack.homola10/12/20, 6:32 p.m.
Good slice, cut weird, good sauce very sweet, a little thicker then I would like, and the cheese is good but it was greasy
hydrotex610/6/20, 5:59 p.m.
Reminds me of airport pizza. Mass produced, greasy, poor quality cheese. Not fresh. Still going to eat it but not going out of my way for it. Literally the kind you’d get in an airport.
ecao9/22/20, 10:22 p.m.
Been here a couple of times and Pepe’s has never done me wrong, but this location pales in comparison to the New Haven location. I’ve ordered the Tomato Pie, the Tomato Pie w/ Mozzarella, and the Fresh Tomato Pie (pictured). The Fresh Tomato Pie was very underwhelming: cheese was good, but no tomato sauce below it, seasoning on cheese/dough made up for it a bit, but not enough; fresh tomatoes were good, but does not replace the tomato sauce standard in regular pies. The Tomato Pie w/ Mozzarella is the best, so that is what I am basing the score on: cheese good, but seems like maybe sourced differently than other Pepe locations; crust and bottom charred and crispy, but my tongue gets a few cuts every time I eat it so perhaps too much; tomato sauce good
cpsway6/21/20, 6:32 p.m.
Travelled from the middle of Queens to Yonkers to go to this place. Worth the trip the tomato pie is tangy and great. The regular slice with cheese was so thin in places that it was opaque. Due to the Rona I had to bring it back to Queens and after 20 minutes in an insulated bag it was floppy but the flavor more than made up for any flop.
redline106/6/20, 11:16 p.m.
Best pizza in the area, other than Johnny's in Mt Vernon. Not as good as the original New Haven location, but much better than anywhere else on Central Avenue. After being disappointed a couple weeks ago with a new spot in Hartsdale, I had to get my Pepe's fix, and it never disappoints. Got a small white clam pie too. Can't beat coal-fired pizza. I'd highly recommend eating the pizza straight out of the oven when they open up, but since dining in isn't available now, taking it home is the next best option. Treat yourself to a slice in the car to get the best experience before it starts cooling off. The tomato sauce is fantastic - only better tomato sauce I've had was Sally's in New Haven. It's worth the drive if you're far away. The roasted red peppers are a great topping, and if it's in season during the summer, try the fresh tomato pie.
greg.keely4/11/20, 6:17 p.m.
I don't understand the appeal of this place. So plain and generic tasting. It's but bad but nothing special at all.