The world’s most well-known dining guide has officially recognized one of the country’s most esteemed pizzerias: The Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana location in Yonkers was recently announced as a Michelin Guide addition.
Being included in the guide does not necessarily mean the famous pizzeria will earn a coveted Michelin Star. Rather, Michelin Guide inspectors deemed Frank Pepe worthy of consideration.
It’s a well-deserved honor for the New Haven, Connecticut, institution with a humble origin story. Opened in 1925 by Frank Pepe, the pizzeria was a trailblazer in originating New Haven-style coal-fired, thin-crust pizza. Known for its original Tomato Pie and its famous White Clam Pie, the pizzeria becomes one of 38 in the U.S. to be recognized by the Michelin Guide.
“New Haven is synonymous with two things: Yale and Frank Pepe’s pizza,” reads Michelin’s entry about the pizzeria. It goes on to laud the pizzeria’s “cult status for its perfectly blistered, coal-fired pizza.” The guide also celebrates the Yonkers location’s decor and attitude that are “free from pretension since everything is singularly focused on pizza.”
It appears Pepe’s may be a longshot to earn a Michelin Star, however. While 38 pizzerias in the U.S. have been added to the guide, none of them have earned a coveted Star. Perhaps a more likely fate for Pepe’s is to receive Bib Gourmand recognition, which is an award the guide added in 1997 to recognize affordable eateries that achieve excellence in dining—nineteen U.S. pizzerias have earned the Bib Gourmand title.
Here’s a list of those 19 Bib Gourmand-awarded pizza restaurants, followed by the 19 other institutions that made the list.
Bib Gourmand-Awarded Pizzerias
Michelin Guide-Listed Pizzerias
Marco’s Coal Fired
The Michelin Guide was started in 1900 by the French tire company, Michelin, as a way to generate interest in owning an automobile. The guide first rated fine-dining establishments in 1926 and began awarding stars in 1931. The guide also highlights hotels.
It’s important to note that Michelin does not produce guides for all U.S. markets: Up until 2023, only New York, Washington (D.C.), Illinois, California and Florida were covered. By the end of this year, Michelin will have produced guides featuring Atlanta and Colorado destinations.
This year’s Michelin Stars are expected to be announced in November.