As we've noted, a second Tony's Pizza is coming to 231 First Ave. between 13th Street and 14th Street. As you can see with the recently installed signage, this will be a Tony's Famous Pizza (not sure at the moment what the difference is between the two locations).
Our pizza sources say that these pizzerias are affiliated with Antonio's Pizza Cafe on Court Street in Brooklyn. (Their description of a Fugheddaboudit Pizza matches exactly with the one at the Court Street location.) Antonio's owner (and Brooklyn native) Sal Casaccio also operated Tony's Famous Pizzeria.
Tony's is taking over the storefront from Vinny Vincenz, which quietly closed in April.
Clearly Tony has gotten greedy here and is using the legacy of Vinny Vincenz. We'll see if it lives up to the East Village classic.
Nothing says “Yeah, don’t even bother with this one” quite like the word “Fugheddaboutit” on the menu or signage of an Italian restaurant.
Vinny Vincenz had "legacy"?
Tried this pizza once recently. Not as bad as Stromboli but I won't have it again. Nolita Pizza, which was at this location right before this new place, had really good pizza. But the landlord, Icon, gave them a hard time negotiating a new lease so they closed. But they still have their other location on Kenmare Street.
"Defeating" Two Bro's in the dollar slice battle of 1st Ave a few years ago
I miss Nolita Pizza.
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