— Neapolitan pizzaiolo, Gino Sorbillo is opening a pizzeria at 334 Bowery, reports Bowery Boogie. “News of his arrival on the Lower East Side came through Community Board 2, as Sorbillo seeks full liquor privileges for the establishment.” One of Italy’s most public food figures, Sorbillo became famous for his oversized, soft-crust, incredibly light Neapolitan pizza topped with high-quality ingredients that’s so otherworldly good, it draws hours-long crowds in his hometown. He’s the guy mayor Bill de Blasio visited on his trip to Naples who taught him how to eat pizza the Italian way.
— The Bryant Park Whole Foods, at 1095 Ave. of the Americas, opens tomorrow at 9 a.m., with an outpost of Frankies Spuntino, Kano by Genji Sushi, and Harbor Bar, a raw bar with Daniel Boulud as consultant, and 24 beers on tap.
— The Winter Carnival at Bryant Park runs from today through Feb. 4th, with wintry activities like curling and skating, along with outdoor drinking options like the pop-up Winter Brew House, craft beer from Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, wine from The Drop and sausages from Brooklyn Cured.
— Ligaya Mishan reviews F.O.B. Kitchen in Carroll Gardens (271 Smith St.) the Filipino restaurant from chef Armando Litiatco. “Shucked, they taste as if bred on garlic, butter and soy: delicious and familiar,” she says of a shrimp dish. “What makes the dish Filipino is the lemony kick of 7Up. It’s sloshed into the pan until the fizz burns off, leaving a sunny concentrate that lifts the shrimp’s sweetness.”
— Serving Japanese and French pastries, donburi and chirashi rice dishes, MatteBento, at 516 Hudson St., has closed after less than six months in business.
— Chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez of SoBou in New Orleans is teaming up with Louisiana-born chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois at Blue Smoke in Battery Park City (255 Vesey St.) for a four-course dinner on Jan. 31 for $45. For reservations, call 212-889-2005.
— MUD Coffee will return to Astor Place in March, reports EV Grieve. From the press release: “A new food and beverage kiosk created by Perry Mallas serving healthy Mediterranean comfort food, coffee and beverages, all organic and locally sourced wherever possible. Astor Plate is also bringing MUD Coffee back to Astor Place.” Here is the location.
— And last, in the spirit of pizza, a reminder of the city’s hegemony pie.