Dear Slice: Patsy's Anniversary Pizza Debacle

Dear Slice

Slice mail answered.

Clicking in to the Slice inbox today, we've got a report from the field regarding the Patsy's 60¢ pizza event yesterday.


Blondie and Brownie

Dear Slice, Letters From Our ReadersHey, Adam, Hope you are doing well! We went to check out the Patsy's Pizza anniversary last night and when we go there a little after 7 p.m., they had already cut off the line and weren't serving anymore—the angry mob must have broken up shortly before we got there. Eater has a full account of the line cut-off situation. It was a bummer not to get the anniversary deal, especially after treking uptown, but I figure, it was a goodwill promotion and it's not like Patsty's owes me anything. Now, if I had been waiting for three hours in the heat, expecting to be able to order pizza, I probably would have been seriously steamed (and hungry). There are a bunch of pictures from our Patsy's trip in our Flickr.

What did strike me was that the management acted like the promotion had always been set until just 7 p.m., but everything I read said 10 p.m. Some people in line said that previously they had signs up that said until 10 p.m. Were you able to get the promotional pizza?

Take care, Brownie


Dear Brownie, Thanks for the intel. I didn't have time to visit Patsy's. I am chained to a desk, basically. And if I did have time, I am crowd- and line-averse. This was one time I was happy to have "the work excuse" for not visiting.

Looks like you accomplished your mission, though, sort of. At least you got some slices, even if they were full price at the takeout shop next door.

The press release I got on this is below, verbatim, with the 10 p.m. end time.

Hasta la pizza, Adam

Press Release

A Landmark East Harlem Institution Celebrates its 75th Anniversary Patsy's 75 years and counting!

Grilled 12 ounce New York cut steak, 90 cents? Grilled Salmon filet served with fresh lemon, 90 cents? Original coal oven pizza, 60 cents? Soda, ice tea, bottled water, 10 cents? Yes, unbelievable but true. Patsy's Restaurant a landmark East Harlem institution will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary by rolling back to the 1930s.

Patsy's first opened its New York City location at 2287-91 1st Avenue in 1933, having been the dream of a pair of Italian Immigrant newlyweds, Patsy and Carmella Lancieri. Patsy's established itself as a family style" old fashion type" neighborhood restaurant immediately. Positioning itself in the neighborhood, Patsy's catered to the growing population of Italian immigrants who longed for the cuisine of their fatherland in a casual family style atmosphere.

As a result, almost immediately, Patsy's atmosphere, style and cuisine began attracting many popular famous personalities. Actors and singers such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin and others became regulars. Famous New York Yankees, Phil Rizzutto, Joe Dimaggio and Yogi Berra made it a convenient stop. Elected Officials to include Rudy Guliani, Mike Bloomberg, Spiro Agnew and others visited after a day of vigorous campaigning.

Patsy's will be celebrating this momentous occasion by rolling back all its prices on its menu. Proclamations will be presented by the office of, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Congress Member Charlie Rangel, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito among others. We will enjoy music, food and yes, the traditional cutting of the cake. Happy Birthday Patsy's!

Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 Time: Press Conference begins at 11:30 AM Event begins at 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Location: 2287 First Avenue, New York (117 - 118 Street 1st Avenue)