Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, Mohegan Sun

It was my birthday August 1.
Happy birthday to me!
To celebrate, we went on an eating trip. 
Duh.
The day started with a bagel with cream cheese, lox and onion.
And ended here.
At Frank Pepe’s in the Mohegan Sun Casino.
Now, I have been to the original Frank Pepe’s, but we were hungry after a few hours of gambling in the casino and didn’t want to schlep to New Haven for a clam pie.
*Note – this is not a comparison between pies. This is a review of a stand alone pizza* 
So we went into this outpost, located right off the casino floor.
Casual, with kitschy touches and the same green booths as at the original.
A huge brick pizza oven.
 
And a menu with pies.
The only thing it didn’t have was the long line.
Happy birthday to me!
You can get a pepperoni and sausage pizza here. Or one with peppers and onions. 
But why would you? 
You want the clam pie. 
And not the white one that is on the menu…ask for it with red sauce. They will do it. 
And when it arrives…inhale.
The scent coming up from the pizza will be garlicky, sweet, salty and fresh.
Also…the pizza will be insanely hot. 
You will burn your mouth. 
It’s worth it, I swear.
The crust is thin, lightly charred and slightly floppy in the center, like all Neapolitan pizza crusts are. It finises off with a sturdy end crust, pleasantly charred and in spots, but not tasting bitter or rancid. 
Then there are the toppings.

Huge, fresh clams. You can tell they are fresh at first sight because of the irregular sizes of the chopped clams. Large and small, thick and thin, they are scattered over the crust, melding with the sweet, fresh taste of the tomato sauce and the red pepper flakes you will definitely want to apply. The calms are reminiscent of the sea – salty, fresh, deep tasting. They meld with the heartiness of the flour to create the perfect relationship between topping and crust. And the sauce is the secret agent here. More of a tomato sauce and less of a marinara sauce, it is so purely tomatoes -bright, sweet and filled with that tangy fresh tomatoey taste. Woody oregano brings out the earthiness of the sauce. The pie comes with fresh garlic, but I prefer it without. I like the clams to come through without the sharp bite of garlic.

Clearly, I like a lot of modifications. 
Luckily, the folks at Frank Pepe’s are happy to comply.
Happy birthday to me!

Comments

  1. JustinM says:

    Happy birthday. Are you 18 yet?

    Seriously, though, hope you had a great time and got plenty of good eats.

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