Monday, May 22, 2017
The sidewalk bridge arrived last week outside the future East Village home of Staten Island-based pizzeria Joe and Pat's at 168 First Ave. between 10th Street and 11th Street... and workers removed the large sign of the previous occupant, Lanza's...
There's nothing on file yet at the DOB (except for a permit for the sidewalk bridge) to indicate what might be happening outside here. There is also a permit issued May 10 for kitchen renovations, including new plumbing and an updated HVAC system... (estimated cost per the DOB: $199,000).
No opening date just yet. The original Joe and Pat's opened on Victory Boulevard in Staten Island in 1960.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
As you may know, Joe & Pat's, the 57-year-old pizzeria on Staten Island, is opening an outpost in the East Village.
The Joe and Pat's signage has just arrived at the former Lanza's space on First Avenue between 10th Street and 11th Street... as these photos via Steven show...
Casey Pappalardo, one of the pizzeria's owners, told the Staten Island Advance in January that 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."
But the sign is a good sign anyway.
Grub Street recently named Joe and Pat's Staten Island's best pizza:
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.
Lanza's closed for good back in July 2016 after the state seized the restaurant. But! Lanza's has come back to life as a to-go spot on 23rd Street.
Thursday, January 26, 2017
As we noted yesterday afternoon, workers were clearing out the remains of the former Lanza's space on First Avenue between 10th Street and 11th Street.
A few things were placed out on the sidewalk for free, such as some work pants...
EVG reader Lola Sáenz got a look inside the now (almost completely) empty Lanza's, which had been serving Italian cuisine here since 1904...
To date, there haven't been any permits filed with the DOB to renovate this space for incoming tenant Joe & Pat's, the pizzeria that has been serving up slices on Victory Boulevard in Staten Island since 1960.
Casey Pappalardo, one of the pizzeria's owners, told the Staten Island Advance that the family had been looking to open a location in Manhattan for a long time. "We were looking in the city for a while and then our neighbor actually approached us because he owns the building," he said.
And an opening date?
"We should open within six months," Casey prognosticates, adding with a chuckle, "That's if all goes well — there's always some setbacks."
Lanza's closed for good back in July after the state seized the restaurant.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Workers are cleaning out the former Lanza's space now... and placing unwanted objects out of the sidewalk for the taking. It appears the contents of the restaurant's lost and found are among the freebies. (There was an auction here on Jan. 5.)
As previously reported, Joe & Pat's, the family-owned Staten Island pizzeria, is opening a second outpost here between 10th Street and 11th Street.
The state seized Lanza's last July for nonpayment of taxes. The restaurant first opened in 1904.
Photo by Lola Sáenz
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
[Photo from Monday night]
Joe & Pat's, the family owned pizzeria that has been serving up slices on Staten Island since 1960, is opening a second outpost — at the former Lanza's space on First Avenue.
Owner Casey Pappalardo told Eater, who first reported this news, that he and several uncles will be running the outpost and expect to open the 50-seat restaurant with a bar in the next six months.
Eater has more on the pizzeria's thin-crust pies in this 2015 video feature here.
[Image via Facebook/Joe & Pat's]
The state seized Lanza's last July for nonpayment of taxes here between 10th Street and 11th Street.
The old-world Italian restaurant, which first opened in 1904, sat languishing until an auction of its contents on Jan. 5.