Pizza lovers, rejoice: Frank Pepe Pizzeria is coming to Boston. Rumors about the pizzeria’s Boston launch have swirled for months. Now, a representative for the much-loved New Haven pizzeria confirms to the Globe that the first Boston branch will open this fall at 199 Boylston St., at the Mall at Chestnut Hill. The 85-seat pizzeria will replace Papa Razzi restaurant.
In a statement to the Globe, Frank Pepe’s grandson Gary Bimonte, who helps to run the business, calls Chestnut Hill a “great area with savvy diners who will appreciate world-class pizza in their hometown.”
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Frank Pepe has been in business since 1925, attracting legions of fans (and inspiring some good-natured “best pizza” debates) with its coal-fired, brick-oven pies.
As the Globe reported months ago, Frank Pepe had been looking to move into Brookline’s The Fireplace location in Washington Square until owner Jim Solomon opted to keep the restaurant open.
• The Fireplace to stay in Brookline home; Pepe’s Pizzeria won’t move in