Staten Island pizza icon Joe and Pat’s will unleash its famed ultra-thin crust pies on Manhattan next week.
Co-owner Casey Pappalardo, who will run the outpost with his father and two uncles, says after a series of delays, the new East Village location at 168 First Ave., between 10th and 11th streets, will be up and running next Monday.
The menu will be slimmer since the 50-ish seat space is smaller than the nearly 60-year-old Staten Island original, but favorites like the chicken parm, shrimp scampi, and of course the pizzas will be available. It will also serve paninis, heroes, and pastas.
The star, though, will be the cracker-thin pies with fresh mozzarella. The pizzas have had devoted fans since the original restaurant opened in 1960, and this new location of Joe and Pat’s will be a straight up duplicate of the legendary Staten Island restaurant.
Though it’s a new space for the Pappalardo family, they’re keeping some sense of history. The space used to belong to Italian restaurant Lanza’s, which had been around for more than a century before it closed in 2017. Various murals painted in the ’20s and stained glass remain in the space, Pappalardo says. “Everyone was always coming around saying how much they missed Lanza’s,” he says. “We wanted to keep some of the history alive there.”
Stay tuned for photos of the space and more.
Correction: This story has been corrected to show that popular Nolita pizza restaurant Rubirosa is not a sister restaurant to Joe & Pat’s. Pizza runs in the Pappalardo family, and Casey’s cousins own Rubirosa.