Editor’s note: This news is indeed confirmed. Read all about it here.
The likelihood of pizza master Anthony Mangieri returning to New York City looks higher than ever. The obsessive chef is closing the San Francisco location of his restaurant Una Pizza Napoletana, according to Eater SF — suggesting that a move here is indeed in the works.
Earlier this week, Contra restaurateur Jeremiah Stone filed an application for a liquor license for a pizza restaurant on the Lower East Side at 175 Orchard Street, between Stanton and Houston streets. Though Mangieri’s name didn’t show up on the app, the corporate name for the planned restaurant is Una Pizza Napoletana. The submitted sample menu was also virtually the same as the SF location.
Stone and Mangieri did not respond to Eater’s request for more information. But with the San Francisco outpost closing, the possibility of the chef returning to New York seems even more solid.
Mangieri moved to the West Coast and opened Una Pizza Napoletana there in 2010, and before that, he ran the restaurant in the East Village. The New Jersey native’s Neopolitan pies drew long lines for their simple execution, inspiring a cult following. The notoriously gruff, hands-on chef would be unlikely to open in New York unless he could be in the kitchen himself.
He’s among the first set of chefs in New York to turn pizzas into a serious culinary endeavor — and even though the city’s now flush with ambitious pizza restaurants, Mangieri’s national acclaim will make this new restaurant one to watch. Stay tuned for more.