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More from Anselmo's Owner on Red Hook Pizzeria's Demise

[Photograph: Adam Kuban] Wow. Just wow. As you may know, Anselmo's closed at the end of 2009, announcing the news on its website. While the original announcement remains, one of the partners added more detail--probably more detail than he should have, because he ended up deleting much of it. Luckily, the blog I Dream of Pizza has captured for posterity the full text of the addendum. Here's a snip: My landlady is telling the people of Red Hook that i have been in prison and jail. She's right. I was in prison for manufacturing explosives. It's public record and... More

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... More

NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein's Favorite Pizzerias

Photograph from Rubenstein on Flickr New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein is a pizza freak. Who knew? Yesterday, in the New York Post: "Perfect pizza is as good as it gets. [But] it's got to be perfect," said Klein, who said he first developed his pizza passion while studying at Columbia University, when he drove a city cab all over town on weekends. But this is troubling: "If you have a Neapolitan pizza and you pick it up [by the crust] and the tip flops over, that means it's not done right," he said."You should be able to... More

Sneak Peek: Anselmo's Coal Oven Pizzeria, Red Hook

Anselmo's Coal Oven Pizzeria 354 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn NY 11231 (at Sullivan Street, Red Hook; map); 718-775-5386; anselmosbakery.com Getting There: The B61 and B77 buses are your closest public transit options Pizza Style: New York–Neapolitan Oven Type: Coal-fired The Skinny: Too soon to really say Price: TK Another day, another sneak peek at a soon-to-open pizzeria. This time, Anselmo's Coal Oven Pizzeria. We've been following the progress of this place since June of last year, when it announced a July 4 open date. These things don't always go according to schedule (see Co./Company, Ignazio's, etc.), but it looks... More

Leftovers: The Day's Stray Links

In Red Hook: Andrea Strong reports that Anselmo's Coal Oven Pizza is coming "later this month" to Red Hook. We've already reported on the imminent debut of Anselmo's Pizzeria several times before. And it hasn't yet opened. Let's hope this time it's for real.The Paupered Chef Digs into Deep-Dish: It's a first attempt that results in serviceable deep dish, but it looks like Nick Kindelsperger will continue experimenting. "But I got to wondering, what about deep-dish at home? ... Deep-dish is cooked at a reasonable temperature that my ancient oven can attain. The rest is just ingredients and technique. Not... More

Anselmo's Pizzeria Making Some Progress

Looks like there's been some progress at Anselmo's Pizzeria on Van Brunt Street in Red Hook. The dining room looks just about finished, and the oven has been fired up. The last time I peeked in the windows (mid November), it looked nowhere near ready. But Anselmo himself says that they'll be doing a day of oven testing soon, and then opening to the public after that. Anselmo's Pizzeria 354 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn NY 11231 (at Sullivan Street, Red Hook; map) 718-775-5386 anselmospizza.com... More

Anselmo's Coal-Oven Pizza Progress Report

Above: Before and ... after some progress. Click me bigger » Progress photographs courtesy of Anselmo's Pizzeria What would be New York City's latest coal-oven pizzeria, Anselmo's Pizzeria Restaurant, looks like it's making some progress after failing to meet its previously stated July 4 opening target. Says the Red Hook pizzeria's Roger Fischer, "I'm 90 percent done. The oven is taking a long time to build." From everything I've ever read or heard about custom oven jobs, they always take longer than expected. A couple more pix, after the jump.... More

Anselmo's, New York's Newest Coal-Oven Pizzeria, Still Not Open

While I was in Red Hook on Saturday for the opening day of the Red Hook Vendors, I figured I'd head on over to the supposed site of New York City's next coal-oven pizzeria. Slice posted about this mid June, and at the time the projected opening date for Anselmo's Pizzeria was July 4, according to its website. Looks like it's still got some ways to go, and calls to the number have gone unreturned. I'm guessing the chimney is for the coal-oven. And it looks like Anselmo's website has been updated since I last looked at it. The... More

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