Thursday, July 14, 2016

Lanza's is closed for now



The state's fluorescent SEIZED sticker (for "nonpayment of taxes") has arrived at Lanza's on First Avenue between 10th Street and 11th Street, as this photo via EVG reader Muzz shows.

There is also a notice from the State's Department of Taxation and Finance. There isn't any other information about the situation at the moment…

Remember that these seizures aren't always permanent, as we saw at Sahara East, among other businesses.

The old-world Italian restaurant first opened in 1904.

15 comments:

Goggla said...

Oh no! I hope this is just temporary. Although the food at Lanza's is not the best (imho), it's a really wonderful experience. And the staff is the best.

Anonymous said...

It closed because the likes of Roos would orefer to have a coffee shop here.

Michael Ivan said...

the residential part of the building lost cooking gas for months, they let the tenants eat at lanzas every night for free. good people, and i hope both building and business owners can resolve this.

Anonymous said...

Best penne vodka.

Anonymous said...

If the East Village is such a great place to open a business, how come they keep going out of business?

blue glass said...

the familt sold the restaurant when the mother died some time ago.
the interior was a joy and full of nostalgia, as waa di robertis.

Anonymous said...

Lanza's was owned by Anthony Macagnone, who owned Sal Anthony's on Irving Place and several other businesses. They closed Sal Anthony's 10 years ago after a rent dispute, and I don't know if the family still owns Lanza's.

blue glass said...

sal anthony bought lanzas when the mother died

Anonymous said...

Thanks blue glass, I wasn't trying to say that they were the original, just the recent owners. I can't remember when he bought it, I thought it was in the late 90's.

SadEnding said...

What a disgrace. How and why do things happen? Greed? Stupidity? Unbelievable. What a travesty.

FlyOnTheWall said...

I was there in 1968 on a Sunday night, when it was still frequented by wise guys, decades before the restaurateur Sal Anthony's bought it over
.
My girl and i were the only diners,save a couple of guys in the rear table who jabbered away.

We weren't paying attention to what was being said until I heard a loud "Shhsh" from one of them to the talker.

He responded, "Who cares? I bought off his brother the judge and I'll buy him off too."

Anonymous said...

You mention Di Roberti's ehich had the best ricotta cheese cake, pastries, cappuccino, and icecream. I will never get over them retiring and closing!

Lori Hornbaker said...

Any update? Will they re-open?

ARMDIS said...

Lanza's has been there since 1904. Perhaps you're confusing it with one of the trendy new establishments.

malka22 said...

Pls let us know the status of Lanzas. Praying they reopen.