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Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
|Posted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 7:01 pm Post subject: A Pepe's Story...About The White Clam Pie
I just found your website and bought your book.
(Albert's side bar:
Here is the link:
Looks great but I have a question about Pepe's white clam pizza.
First, to share: I grew up in New Haven and have had a lifelong love
with Pepe's pizza. We started going there in the late '50's (I was born
'49) when Sarno's closed and my father switched us to Pepe's. Whenever I
visit from Ann Arbor, we would go to Pepe's. My father and Sal always had
lively conversation. When my father died in '95 from cancer, my brother
I went to Pepe's, told Sal and brought him some of my father's best wine
from his wine cellar. Needless to say, when I read your enthusiasm for
Pepe's, I knew you understood what constitutes the world's best pizza.
My question: I remember the white clam pizza (I'm missing part of a tooth from a shell I bit into 20 years ago!) as being olive oil, garlic, clams
I don't remember cheese on it. Your recipe calls for mootz.
Am I misremembering or is this your adapatation? If it is your adapatation, what's your best guess on how to approximate their white clam pizza?
First of all, thanks so much for the support of pizzatherapy.com
I am very humbled and thankful.
You are totally correct in your memory of Pepe's White Clam Pizza.
If you order a Pepe's Clam pizza, they will put mootz on it if you request it.
People that know the clam pie request and have it without mootz.
My pizza recipes are my own. I do not pretend to know how Pepe's makes a pizza. My recipes are for the home pizza maker.
While I do include a recipe from my firend Peter Reinhart (with permission of course), it is for a New York pizza.
Peter has a unique talent.
Peter claims to be able to deconstruct any pizza. That is he can eat a pizza and be able to tell not only what went in it, but also how it is made.
In his book, American Pie, he includes a recipe for Pepe's Clam pizza.
You can read my review at this page:
I hope this answers all of your questions.
Please let me know if you have any more. I also want to hear how your pizzas turn out.
Again, thanks for the support.
pizza on earth,
"Pizza on Earth...Good Will to All!"
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