Photos and reporting by Stacie Joy
Funzi's Pizzeria, now in soft-open mode at 36 St. Mark's Place, aspires to be an East Village throwback here between Second Avenue and Third Avenue.
Hospitality vet Kevin Cox is behind the venture, which he calls "a passion project."
Cox refers to this outdoor space as St. Mark's TV, "where you can watch real New Yorkers of all shapes, sizes, ages, fashions, etc. And there are no commercials. All while eating fantastic pizza."
Funzi's is named after Cox's youngest of three sons... seen here during a recent visit...
Other Funzi inspirations include artists, thrifting, weird inside jokes, and fine attention to detail.
That detail is evidenced in the signage, hand-painted by artist Joe Lotto, the custom woodwork and stucco by Giovanni Martini, and chain-stitched uniforms by Jose Ballena. L'Industrie and Baby Luc's. He is joined by Chefs Aminu Tedla and Alberto Estévez — also vets from Pasquale Jones.
"We are all happy that we were able to get the band back together to launch Funzi's," Cox said.
During this soft opening, hours are in-flux... usually opening at 5 p.m., earlier on weekends... here.