Joe and Pat's is looking ready for pizza action here at 168 First Ave. between 10th Street and 11th Street.
Workers on-site told several different EVG readers that they are aiming to open this coming week, with one employee saying Thursday. (Another reader called the Staten Island location and got an "opening this week" message too.)
The family-owned pizzeria got its start on Staten Island in 1960.
Their transformation of the former Lanza's space started in earnest last May. (The coming soon sign arrived in April 2017.) Casey Pappalardo, one of the pizzeria's owners, originally told the Staten Island Advance they'd be open within six months, but he didn't sound so convincing. "That's if all goes well — there's always some setbacks."
[Photo April 19 by Steven]
Anyway, it will likely have been worth the wait. The Daily Meal named Joe and Pat's one of the best 10 pizzas in the country last year. And here's Grub Street on the place:
Joe & Pat’s is the king of Staten Island pizza. Its pies are the ultimate version of one of the borough’s dominant styles: thin-crust, vodka-sauced bar pie. Open since 1960, it doesn’t look like much, but the pizza is magnificent. The dough is pounded so it doesn’t get airy, resulting in a crust that’s disappearingly thin and extra crunchy. The vodka sauce is sweet and smooth; pepperoni, curled up in crisp cups, makes the perfect foil. But it’s tantalizing just with mozzarella, which, unlike in a traditional New York slice joint, doesn’t fuse with the sauce; the fresh cheese is applied more sparingly, so the islands of cheese remain distinct and creamy.
They will now open on Monday, per Eater.