80 year-old bakery A. Zito & Sons shuttered back in 2004 due to rising costs. And much to the chagrin of neighborhood watchers—Lost City did a series about it—no one took the space, it fell into disarray, and was slowly submerged in graffiti over the last few years.
Luckily, last March, news broke that Roma Pizza, a restaurant group with locations in Barcelona would be moving in, and nine months later, signage is up in the window, and a website has launched showing pictures of the new interior.
According to the above poster (which promises "High Digestibility"), the new New York branch will open sometime this month, and the interiors look fairly finished. They'll serve pizza in addition to calzones, breads, croissants, pastries, lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, and the rest. Just blocks away from Keste and John's. For what it's worth, the website makes mention of its historic location and says they hope to give new life to "one of the earliest and most famous bakeries in the historic city."
· Pizza Roma [Official Site]