That appearance led to an attack at the shop, 135 Fourth Ave. between 13th Street and 14th Street, on Sunday night, according to the Unregular Pizza Instagram account.
Here's part of the post via owner Gabriele Lamonaca ... which also announced the launch of a crowdfunding campaign:
... someone we know — led by envy, jealousy and spite — threatened us on Instagram and then came into our store and attacked us and our staff members by throwing glass shakers and ceramic objects. He also shattered our door to pieces.This was a traumatic experience and we hope, we will recover soon. One of our team members went to the hospital with a fractured arm.In the meantime, we have opened this campaign to payback for the door and medical expenses if there will be any out of pocket. Obviously, we called the police and we hope that justice will be done. These acts of violence and vandalism will not go unnoticed. We won’t let bullies take us down.
Here's a video showing the vandalism at the pizzeria...
The baton-wielding suspect fled the scene in a red Jetta, and remained at large, as of yesterday morning, police and PIX 11 reported.
Lamonaca, who previously worked at East Village restaurants Huertas and Cacio e Vino, made headlines in for his unique bartering system. He started experimenting with his pizza-making skills during the pandemic. From his Harlem apartment, he whipped up a handful of pies every week and made them available via barter.
He opened his pizzeria on Fourth Avenue in May 2021.