Lower East Side: A reader alerts us to a sad new LES shutter and an early afternoon walk by confirms: Isabella's Oven has closed and plans to reopen in a new location sometime this spring as "Isabella's Oven, Restaurant, Bar and Lounge." Our tipster with the color:
"Isabella's Oven, the poorly promoted Lower East Side place that Ed Levine a couple years ago named one of the ten best pizzas in the city--possibly the country (until the pizzaiolo went back to Italy, leaving Isabella's as merely a good, not great, pizza place), has signs up saying they were kicked out of their space by their landlord (the Seward Park coop)...The neighborhood rumor mill says Isabella's hasn't paid rent in almost a year..."A loss for the area, but we'll keep an eye out for their new space.
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