CT-based Frank Pepe’s bringing its pizza to Delray Beach, Florida (2024)

When it comes to food, South Florida is a great place to be. So many new places open up every day. Here’s what’s coming soon to a city near you.

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, Delray Beach

Now that this beloved export from Wooster Street in New Haven, Conn., has delivered its char-blistered pies to Plantation, Frank Pepe has set its sights on Delray Beach. The “apizza” icon is planning to open on Monday, June 5 within The Fresh Market plaza on the corner of Linton Boulevard and Federal Highway. Frank Pepe, which has a rabid following among South Florida’s snowbirds and Northeastern transplants, fires its coal-fired apizza (pronounced “ah-beets”) at a super-hot 600 degrees Fahrenheit for a few minutes, yielding its trademark crispy-chewy thin crust. 1701 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach; PepesPizzeria.com

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Ya Mas! Taverna, West Palm Beach

More than a year after hospitality honcho and “Big Brother” star Memphis Garrett (No Man’s Land, Point Break) brought his first Greek restaurant to tony Las Olas Boulevard, Ya Mas! will expand into its first sister taverna on West Palm Beach’s bustling Clematis Street restaurant row. Expected to open in late 2023, the new Ya Mas! will dish an identical menu of modern and classic fare, such as dolmades and muhammara, bechamel short rib, and loukaniko with melted leek and pepperoncini. 216 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; YaMasTaverna.com

Livia Bar & Grill, Fort Lauderdale

This Southern Italian restaurant expects to open in Fort Lauderdale’s exploding Flagler Village nabe this fall, in time for the NFL’s season kickoff. The 150-seat Livia, which is registered to Daniel Mendoza, will serve Neapolitan-style pies, linguine and clams, chicken parmesan, beer and craft co*cktails, and feature plenty of flat-screen TVs for sports games. 500 N. Andrews Ave., Unit 106, Fort Lauderdale

Topgolf, Pompano Beach

This three-level golfing attraction touting a restaurant-bar, rooftop terrace, patio and 102 climate-controlled hitting bays will anchor a new 223-acre project being built near the former Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. Topgolf, slated to open in late 2023, hasn’t unveiled its Pompano Beach menu yet, but its Miami Gardens location serves American pub fare: burgers and buttermilk fried-chicken sandwiches, chicken wings and nachos, meat lover’s flatbreads and injectable, cinnamon-dusted doughnut holes for dessert. Intersection of Powerline Boulevard and Race Track Road; TopGolf.com

Gregory’s, West Palm Beach

Miami-chic Greek eats, south of downtown West Palm Beach? That would be Gregory’s, co-owner Max Ricci and entrepreneur Michael Katzenberg’s restaurant opening sometime in early summer in the city’s so-called SoSo (south of Southern) neighborhood on South Dixie Highway. An offshoot of Ricci’s acclaimed Mandolin Aegean Bistro in Miami’s Design District, Gregory’s will serve coastal Greek and Mediterranean, although a full menu is not yet available. 5700 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach

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Maggie McFly’s Local Craft Eatery & Bar, Boca Raton

Touchdown probably won’t be until October for this concept flying into SoFlo out of Connecticut. Celebrating its 30th anniversary with this first foray into Florida, Maggie MacFly’s is doing a total down-to-the-studs makeover of a space inside Town Center at Boca Raton mall (where Rex Baron once stood). The Maggie McFly’s menu has more than 180 items including burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, street foods (tacos, gyros, sliders), pastas, chicken dishes, salads, seafood, steaks and ribs, house specialties (such as Shepherd’s Pie, Pot Roast, Cajun Jambalaya), appetizers, snacks and desserts. “We will do seasonal specials that will be much more focused on Florida and Boca, more fresh fish,” says founder and owner Ray Harper, a snowbird in Palm Beach Gardens. The company also touts the use of locally sourced products, both in the kitchen and the bar. 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton; maggiemcflys.com

Whiskey Neat, Plantation

This classy, 2,500-square-foot den dedicated to brown liquor will be attached to an existing Quarterdeck seafood pub across the street from the Sawgrass Mills mall when it debuts in mid-May, co-owner James Flanigan says. The lounge — a sister location of the original Whiskey Neat on Southeast 17th Street — comes from Old School Hospitality, which operates five Quarterdecks in South Florida. The centerpiece of the bar will be a multicolored liquor wall stocked with hundreds of rare whiskeys. Patrons will be able to order food directly from Quarterdeck’s next-door kitchen. “There’s no good craft-co*cktail bar out west,” Flanigan told the South Florida Sun Sentinel last December. “And I know we can capture a lot of customers from Sawgrass and FLA Live Arena.” 12310 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation; WhiskeyNeatBar.com

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KAO Bar & Grill, Hallandale Beach

A spinoff of the KAO Sushi & Grill brick-and-mortar in Coral Gables, this two-story, Argentine-American fusion restaurant will operate out of repurposed shipping containers when it debuts later this spring. The 5,000-square-foot KAO Bar & Grill, splashed in rainbow-hued murals, is a project from restaurateur Matias Pagano (J&J’s Fresh Kitchen in Boca Raton) and features an al fresco patio with lounge chairs, sofas and a 14-seat bar. KAO’s menu will include Argentine-style prosciutto pizza, empanada platters, fire-grilled lamb ribs, ribeyes and branzino plated with housemade chimichurri, along with choripan handhelds and Angus cheeseburgers on brioche. 11 NE First Ave., Hallandale Beach; 786-864-1212; KaoBarandGrill.com

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Rock N Roll Sushi, Palm Beach County

Founded in Mobile, Ala., in 2010, Rock N Roll Sushi has big plans for South Florida. First up will be Palm Beach County sometime in 2023, with a group of food-and-beverage investors scouting potential locations as well as other franchisees who are interested in spreading the fast-casual eatery with rock music-themed sushi and hibachi dishes through the rest of SoFlo. This new ownership group — called Rock N Development — recently announced plans to roll out (get it?) 35 Rock N Roll Sushi locations in central and southwest Florida. “Boca is a good area,” says John “JD” Weissfisch, one of the partners with Rock N Development. “[Palm Beach] Gardens going north, even Wellington and Boynton Beach. I think those areas are great for the brand … which caters to the families. It’s Americanized sushi for people who are intimidated by sushi or never tried it. I think in those areas, we would have a great customer base.” Though home is now just outside of Orlando, Weissfisch’s Argentine family lived for years in Miami, where he was an auto industry executive before becoming a multi-unit restaurant owner and operator of Tropical Smoothie Cafe and Island Wing Co. Multiple locations; rocknrollsushi.com

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Harry’s, West Palm Beach

If you’ve been anywhere near the Wall Street crowd in New York City, then you’ve probably heard of Harry’s, a mainstay in the financial district of Manhattan for a half-century. For the first time ever, the brand is expanding outside of the Big Apple, bringing its classic cuisine to the … um … Big Orange. Think Beef Wellington; 28-day, in-house, dry-aged steaks; house-made smoked Canadian bacon; Caesar salad and steak tartare. Harry’s is expected to debut in early May as the anchor restaurant at the 360 Rosemary office building — fittingly, a financial hub itself — in downtown West Palm Beach. A sister restaurant, Adrienne’s Pizzabar (known for square pizzas), recently opened, and when Harry’s opens sometime in late May, both will share a combined 11,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor space where patrons can intermingle and order from both. 360 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; harrysnyc.com

Fiolina Pasta House, Boca Raton

Michelin-starred and James Beard Award-winning chef Fabio Trabocchi is coming to Boca Raton. Not only is he opening Fiolina at the highly-anticipated Restaurant Row this fall, but Trabocchi is also moving his family to Boca Raton, where he and his wife first met. Fiolina will occupy the venue’s largest space at 7,000 square feet and, in addition to the main dining room, will feature a lounge, pasta room, show kitchen (with counter dining), private dining room, outdoor terrace and an open Mozzarella Bar Kitchen (with charcuterie station and wine room). “While memorable food and exceptional service will be the core draw, Fiolina Pasta House will be much, much more,” Trabocchi says. “It will be the place where you will always find a sense of community, and everyday life celebrations happen.” Trabocchi already has Fiola in Coral Gables, and his Washington, D.C.,-based restaurant group includes Del Mar and Sfoglina Pasta House. 5355 Town Center Road, Boca Raton; fabiotrabocchi.com

Saiko-i Sushi Lounge & Hibachi, Plantation

The restaurateur husband-and-wife team of chef Jason Zheng and Tina Wang are planning a second Saiko-i at the Shops at Broward shopping center (on the other side of Perimeter Road from Broward Mall) later this year. The menu will be the same as that of the original Boca Raton location, but inside the decor will be more modern and able to seat 180 to 200 people. The dynamic duo also own Yakitori Sake House in Boca Raton, Coco Sushi Lounge & Bar in Delray Beach, and Koi Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar in Fort Lauderdale. 8160 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation; saikoiboca.com

Capital Tacos, Tamarac

This Tampa-based, Tex-Mex, fast-casual franchise is slated to open its first South Florida location sometime this spring. Launched in 2013, it has already expanded to eight restaurants in other parts of Florida, and growth into Georgia, North Carolina and Colorado is in the works. “We’ve had folks visiting from South Florida for years, asking time and again when they can expect the concept to expand into nearer markets,” says cofounder Josh Luger. “That wait is finally over. We’re very excited and humbled to be opening our first brick-and-mortar location in Tamarac.” The menu spotlights 16 different taco flavors that you can also get as a burrito or bowl. The menu includes quesadillas, nachos, loaded fries, salads, kids’ meals and desserts such as Mini Churros and Traditional Mexican Cheesecake. 5707 N. University Drive, Tamarac; capitaltacos.com

The Soulful Steep, Pompano Beach

Billed as a new teahouse, salt cave and emporium, this groovy nook designed to help channel one’s “inner hippie” plans to shuffle into Pompano Beach’s arty Old Town district this spring. The menu at this cozy shop, registered to owners Christina and John Abresch, features a bevy of teas blended by local herbalists, along with vegan and gluten-free baked goods and light bites. The 40-seat shop will also be accented by a therapeutic salt cave and the sale of art and furniture made by locals. 122 N. Flagler Ave., Pompano Beach; TheSoulfulSteep.com

The Baked Bear, Dania Beach

The Baked Bear plans to open its second South Florida location sometime this winter at Dania Pointe, the sprawling al fresco mall and entertainment enclave in Dania Beach. As with the other location in Sawgrass Mills, this new novelty dessert shop will feature 13 baked-from-scratch-daily cookies and 13 premium craft ice cream flavors. You will also be able to mix and match two cookie flavors and choose an ice cream flavor for the filling, thus creating your own customized ice cream sandwich. Additionally, The Baked Bear will serve pints, sundaes and Bear Bowls (a warm cookie and brownie served with a scoop of ice cream). There are two more shops planned for Miami-Dade County. 139 S. Compass Way, Dania Beach;thebakedbear.com and daniapointe.com

Chip City, Pompano Beach and beyond

The latest New York-born restaurant to bet its chips on South Florida is this growing cookie monster, which is scheduled to open five new storefronts in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties by fall 2023. The sweet shack founded by childhood friends Peter Phillips and Teddy Gailas in 2017 has 17 spots in New York and New Jersey, but a $10 million investment by Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer spurred the South Florida move. Their chunky five-and-a-half-ounce cookie menu includes dairy-free chocolate chip made with oat milk and coconut oil, chocolate peanut butter, blueberry cheesecake, and seasonal outliers such as hot honey cornbread and cannoli (stuffed with toasted pistachios, cannoli shells and cream). A Miami Beach outpost is expected to debut in May, followed by spots in Pompano Beach, Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami’s MIMO District. 2083 N. Powerline Road, Pompano Beach, and 302A E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; ChipCityCookies.com

CT-based Frank Pepe’s bringing its pizza to Delray Beach, Florida (2024)


Is Pepe's pizza coming to Florida? ›

It's Frank Pepe's second location in Florida, joining a location in Plantation. In addition to the pizzeria's Connecticut sites, it also has opened in Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island and Virginia.

What is the most popular pizza at Frank Pepe? ›

Pepe's most famous pizza is probably the white clam, created by Frank Pepe himself back in the 1940s. Gary Bimonte Frank Pepe's Pizzeria: “We're known for our white clam pizza.

How many locations does Pepe's pizza have? ›

Frank Pepe's remains a family-owned business that has worked hard to uphold the same tradition and same quality pizza at each of the 16 locations in 7 states.

Who owns Pepe's pizza now? ›

In the early 1990s, Elizabeth and Serafina Pepe retired and passed the pizza business on to their children Anthony, Francis, Lisa, Bernadette, Genevieve, Jennifer, and Gary. This generation of Pepe cousins still operates the business today and has overseen its expansion.

Why is Frank Pepe pizza so good? ›

This white pie comes covered with a very generous layer of clams, grated cheese, garlic, oregano and olive oil, and the absence of melted cheese and tomatoes really lets the clams shine. The key to Pepe's success – besides the 2,000-degree coal ovens – is very high-quality ingredients from start to finish.

How old is Frank Pepe's pizza? ›

New Haven's Original Coal Fired Pizza - Frank Pepe's Pizzeria. Original New Haven style coal fired pizza, a Connecticut tradition since 1925. Our approach is simple: the best ingredients on the best dough, every time.

What is the most loved pizza? ›

This may not come as a surprise, but pepperoni is by far the most popular pizza topping in the United States.

Who is the biggest seller of pizza? ›

With sales worth approximately 8.57 billion U.S. dollars, Domino's Pizza was the leading quick service pizza chain in the United States in 2022. Pizza Hut and Little Caesars ranked second and third, respectively.

What is the #1 selling frozen pizza? ›

DiGiorno. DiGiorno is a well-known brand that offers a variety of frozen pizzas, including their signature rising crust pizza.

How many pepes are there? ›

196 Stores serving fresh

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What is Frank Pepe's most famous pizza? ›

Frank Pepe's signature pizza is the white clam pie which was invented in the 1960's. “Grandpop” Frank Pepe used to sell clams on the half shell until health regulations began to change, so he thought of the idea of putting it on a pizza topped with oil, garlic, grated pecorino romano, and oregano.

Who was Frank Pepe's wife? ›

Born in the town of Maiori, on the Amalfi coast, southwest of Naples, Frank Pepe was the typical Italian immigrant. He emigrated to the United States in 1909 at age 16 with little more than his health and a strong work ethic. He married Filomena Volpi, also from Maiori, in 1919.

What is the oldest pizzeria in Connecticut? ›

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, commonly known as Frank Pepe's or simply Pepe's (/ˈpɛpiz/), is a popular pizza restaurant in the Wooster Square neighborhood of New Haven, Connecticut, at 163 Wooster Street. Opened in 1925, it is one of the oldest and best known pizzerias in the United States.

What pizza place does Peter own in Florida? ›

No big deal. After all, the Long Island, New York, native has already found his one true love: pizza. As the co-owner/chef of Peter's Pizzeria in Florida—one in Port St. Joe and another in Boca Raton—Izzo cultivated a “bad boy” image for TV.

What happened to Pied Piper pizza? ›

The company was sold again to ACON Investments in 2007. Apollo Global Management, owners of CEC Entertainment, Inc., the parent company of the Chuck E. Cheese restaurant chain, acquired the company in October 2014.

Who owns Pepe's Italian? ›

Owner Nick Kutcher gave the former Trunk Bar and Restaurant an Italian American makeover and maintained the charm of the courtyard lined with pontoon lights and burgundy and white striped parasols.

Who owns Miami Best pizza? ›

Although Nick's mom moved on to a job at Baptist Health, Miami's Best has been a family affair since its inception. Owners Ray Papich and Charles Butler have been in business since the '90s, when former University of Miami football player "Big" Al Papich handed down the pizzeria to his son.


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