One of the oldest and most celebrated pizza restaurants — Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana of New Haven, Connecticut — will open a new location in Alexandria, Virginia, in mid-2022. Known for its thin, crunchy, chewy, charred crust and hot, out-of-the-coal-fired-oven taste — Pepe’s, as it is known in New Haven, was founded in 1925 on Wooster Street. According to wtop.com, "Webb, who lives in the neighborhood, said that she is selfishly looking forward to having Pepe’s nearby. Frank Pepe, an Italian immigrant, worked at a bakery, and was credited with creating the original “tomato pie,” with tomatoes, grated Pecorino Romano cheese, garlic, oregano and olive oil. Pepe’s white clam pizza often tops best pizza lists. Apizza is pronounced “ah-beetz” in New Haven." As per wtop.com, "Now with a dozen restaurants in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Pepe’s will start moving into its first Virginia location at Alexandria Commons, at 3231 Duke Street, on Jan. 1, 2022, according to Melissa Webb, with Rappaport — the real estate brokerage that represents the shopping center’s ownership. “They’ll be doing the build-in, and will open in early summer 2022,” Webb told. “They’ve got to build the coal oven, and that takes some time."