Closed: Anselmo's Coal Oven Pizzeria, Red Hook

[Photograph: Adam Kuban]

Oh, man, 2009. What are you doing to us? Astronomical slice price hikes, the Tontonno's fire, and now this? Anselmo's Coal Oven Pizzeria in Red Hook has closed. As tipster Mindy W. points out, the pizzeria's website explains [warning—LOUD music autoplays on open]:

WE ARE CLOSED. WE WILL CONTINUE MAKING GREAT PIZZA SOMEWHERE ELSE. WE ARE LOOKING FOR ANOTHER LOCATION. OUR LANDLORD SWINDLED US OUT OF OUR LEASE. EVERYONE IN RED HOOK KNOWS WHO OUR LANDLADY IS AND THE PEOPLE OF RED HOOK WARNED US OF HER AND HER SISTER WHEN I WAS BUILDING MY PLACE BUT I TRUSTED THESE TWO WOMEN.

We hope Anselmo's does find a new place. The pizza there was good, if a bit inconsistent. (As an acquaintance put it, "I've never had the same Anselmo's pizza twice.") But they were plugging along and continually improving. The trick will be finding a place with another coal oven. Which makes you wonder what's going to happen with the space now that it's all renovated.

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