'Closings' on Serious Eats

New and Notable NYC Pizzerias

With National Pizza Month drawing to a close, I'm in a reflective mood. Let's take a look at some of the new NYC pizzerias that have opened this year — including Barboncino, Wild Rise, Zero Otto Nove, and more. We also pour some olive oil out on the curb for some of our home slices who closed this year. More

Totonno's Closes Both Manhattan Locations; Coney Island Original Still in Business

Sad news for coal oven–pizza lovers: Totonno's is closing both its Manhattan locations. The notice above is from the Second Avenue & 81st Street location, which will morph into a restaurant called Toscano's. (Text of notice, after the jump.) No word on what, if anything, will replace the 26th & Second Avenue location. The original Coney Island location remains open. 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

Closings: The Pizza Shop on Avenue A

EV Grieve has the lowdown: We closed the Pizza Shop because the rent was too high. We struggled every month to make it... someone gave me an offer on the space and i decided it was best to take it.... Former owner Kevin Cole tells EV Grieve he's looking for a new location and urges fans of the place to get in touch via email for notification if and when he reopens. The Pizza Shop is the place that did fun, limited-edition boxes of punk rock icons like The Clash and The Ramones.... More

That's That: Una Pizza Napoletana Is But a Memory as Mangieri Packs It in for SF

Manhattan Branch of Motorino Will Indeed Open in Its Place You won't have Anthony Mangieri to kick around anymore—at least not in New York City. The New York Times's Diner's Journal blog confirms the closing and sale to Motorino's Mathieu Palombino: "I want to make a change, man,” [Mangieri] said. “I’m almost 40. I’ve lived my life between New Jersey and this neighborhood. If I don’t do this now, then when?”“I’m excited,” he added, “but I’m scared.”He said he was also attracted by the California produce. Asked if that meant he might one day expand on the spartan lineup of... More

Closing (But Possibly Reopening): Isabella's Oven

Eater Isabella's Oven, which started out amazing but then went to merely good with the loss of its original pizzaiolo, is "closed until further notice" while the owners search for a new location. The sign posted in the window there projects a spring 2009 reopening date. Eater has some more details. Related Isabella's Oven: One Great Pizza on a Saturday Night Isabella's Oven: Going Downhill? Isabella's Oven: The DJ Bubbles Drive-By... More

East Village's Five Roses Pizza Closing

According to Jeremiah's Vanishing New York, the landlord is raising the rent on the little pizzeria on First Avenue between 10th and 11th Streets. Saturday is the last day, and after that, the owner may try to move the location farther east.... More

Closings: Abitino's on Bleecker

Dear Slice, Walked by last night and noticed the corner shop is all boarded up. It seems that Abitino's is no more. —Marc M. Well, supposedly it's under renovation, but with the awnings and signage removed, looks like this branch of Abitino's is closed. Pizza fans will remember that the corner location used to house Joe's before it relocated to the middle of the same block.... More

John's Pizzeria Closed by Dept. of Health

John's Pizzeria Closed by Dept. of Health, blogged to Slice from the Flickr photostream of Slice Well, it looks like Yum! Brands is not only responsible for the reprehensible pies belched out by Pizza Hut but also indirectly for the March 1 temporary shuttering of venerable Greenwich Village pizza joint John's, on Bleecker Street. (Yum is the corporate parent of both the Hut and Taco Bell, whose rat infestation of the nearby Village Bell location last week made nationwide news and grossed us all out.) It seems that due to the extensive media coverage of a certain fast food... More

Closings: Downtown Brooklyn's Nick and Joe's

Joe Carlone knows the last thing downtown Brooklyn needs is another bank. But after 35 years serving up pizzas seven days a week at Nick and Joe's Pizzeria on Court St., Carlone has decided to throw in his red-sauce-stained towel and rent his space to a Chase branch. "I hear that all day long, that people don't want another bank," said Carlone, 52, who started working full time at his father's pizza place straight out of high school. "But nothing lasts forever. It was time." Carlone, who closed the place April 8, owns the building his pizzeria occupied, and he... More

'Daily News': Lento's Closed

In a story headlined "The unkindest slice of all," the New York Daily News reports on the reasons behind Lento's closing: declining business and what seems to be a family dispute. [Linda] Cahill's grandfather, Eugene Lento, turned the space into a pizzeria 73 years ago after the speakeasy he ran began losing dough at the end of Prohibition.Upon his retirement, Lento handed the business to sons-in-law Anthony Tortora and Herbert Connors, and in 1988 Cahill and three others took over.Lento's daughter, Mary Lento, inherited the building at 7003 Third Ave. when Lento died in 2002."My grandfather reassured us there... More

Closings: Lento's

We heard some scuttlebutt late last week about Lento's closing. Bay Ridge Blog offers more supporting evidence: "Went past Lento's tonight, and it was closed at 7:30 p.m. And the word Lento's was cut out of the awning. I hope that they have not closed. That would be awful." Operating as a pizzeria since 1933, the place was a neighborhood favorite and, for some, a destination pizzeria. When I lived in Bay Ridge after first moving to New York City, Lento's was easily a once-a-week affair for me. So here's to Lento's, R.I.P. Slice will pour some on the... More

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