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Channel 3 takes a trip to New Haven

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Channel 3 stops at Pepe's Pizzeria on Tuesday (WFSB) Channel 3 stops at Pepe's Pizzeria on Tuesday (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Channel 3 took 20 Towns in Twenty Days down to New Haven on Tuesday.

If you like pizza, you can’t go to New Haven without stopping at Frank Pepe Pizzeria.

Mark Zinni stopped by the original Wooster Street location before lunch, when there were still a few tables available, which doesn't usually happen.

The legendary pizza place dates back to 1925 and is known for serving thin-crust pizza prepared in a coal-fired oven.

Frank’s grandson runs the place today, but the family takes a lot of pride in the fact that little has changed in more than 90 years.

"The coal-fire gives our pizza a distinctive char, it's charred but yet chewy. Some new people come in, they think the pizza is burnt but it's not, that's our signature char,” said Gary Bimonte, of Frank Pepe Pizzeria.

Pepe’s is also expanding again, adding a ninth restaurant next year in Waterbury, with plans to be open and making pizza in one year.

Channel 3 also went to Louis' Lunch, which claims to be the birthplace of the hamburger.

Louis' Lunch on Crown Street has been serving the original hamburger sandwich for more than a century.

The patties are made fresh every day and famously cooked in the original cast-iron grills from 1898.

Louis' great-grandson runs the place today and says they keep it fresh and simple, with cheese, tomato and onion on the burgers, and don't ask for anything else.

Channel 3 also stopped by Yale University, which boasts some famous alumni, including several United States presidents like Bill Clinton and both George H.W. Bush and his son George W. Bush.

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