Monday, March 16, 2009
Fire at Totonno's!
The New York Daily News recently reported on a devestating fire at famed NY Pizzeria, Totonno's. The Neptune Ave. location in Brooklyn burned on march 14th. The fire bagan around 9:30 a.m. in the oven spread to the roof and and was fueled by the coal used to bake pizza.
No one was injured in the fire. However, there is extensive damage at what is known to many as the best pizza parlour in New York, some say even the world. The Zagat guide once said of the beloved spot that "Only God makes better pizza." Owner, Louise Crimineri said that they plan to re-open.
According to the Totonno's website, the Napolitano style, brick oven pizza company was started in Coney Island 1924 by Anthony “Totonno” Pero and has stayed in the family ever since. The original Coney Island location is still standing today, and is oldest continuously operating pizzeria in the U.S. Since the 20's the company has grown and opened several locations in Yonkers, Manhattan and Brooklyn. Today third and fourth generation pizziolas are continuing the 85 year tradition in their coal burning brick ovens.
I tried to call Totonno's for comment but, naturally, the phone was very busy. I'll try to keep up with what's going on with Totonno's and keep you guys posted.