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by Jessica Warzeniak
During a press conference on July 31, Mohegan Sun announced Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana of New Haven as one of the first tenants for Project Horizon. Known locally as Pepe’s of New Haven, the pizzeria is the oldest family owned and operated in the United States.
Pepe’s is known for originating the New Haven-style thin-crust pizza baked in coal-fired brick ovens, and better yet, for the innovation of its white pizza topped with freshly-shucked clams.
Don’t start drooling yet, the pizzeria is scheduled to open in the summer of 2010. Pepe’s will be in the Earth portion of Mohegan’s $92 million Project Horizon expansion, located in the eastern half of what is currently being known as the Earth Food Court. Design plans are underway to determine the exact layout of the 3,800-square-foot dine-in and take-out eatery. “The goal is to replicate the pizza in New Haven. It’s the exact same recipe, the same ovens, and the same menu,” said Ken Barry, spokesperson for Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana.
“Bringing in Pepe’s pizza is a great addition to the food offerings at Mohegan Sun,” said Chairman Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum. “It is two great families with tradition of taking care of their family and their customers. We share the same philosophies… We always look for the best of the best, and we got it again!”