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2 Big-Deal Pizzerias Open in Manhattan Tonight

Joe & Pat’s and Una Pizza Napoletana swing open their doors to the public

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Pizzas and small plates at Una Pizza Napoletana
Pizzas and small plates at Una Pizza Napoletana
Photo by Gary He

New York City’s pizza scene is on fire, with two big-name openings — Joe and Pat’s and Una Pizza Napoletana — lighting up the island tonight.

Joe and Pat’s has been a Staten Island institution since 1960 for its ultra-thin crust pies. Now, as of today the family-owned restaurant is also open in the East Village at 168 First Ave., between 10th and 11th streets, with a slimmer menu than the original, but plenty of pizza and dishes like chicken parm, shrimp scampi, and paninis in the 50-seat space.

The hallmark of the pizza here is the cracker-thin crust with fresh-mozzarella. The food, from the Pappalardo family, has earned the restaurant cult status, and fans will be pleased to know that the Manhattan location is a straight-up duplicate of its older Staten Island sister. Hours are weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and weekends from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Joe and Pat’s Photo via Joe and Pat’s

A little farther south on the Lower East Side, once-notorious Neapolitan pizzeria Una Pizza Napoletana makes its highly anticipated return to NYC tonight. Come 5:30 p.m., the doors to the sleek, industrial, 72-seat space will swing open and welcome diners for puffy pies from chef Anthony Mangieri and small plates from Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske Valtierra, the chef-owners of Contra and Wildair.

Mangieri is another pizzaiolo with a long history in NYC. He originally opened Una Pizza Napoletana in the East Village in 2004, inspiring long lines and rave reviews. While he only served pizza at that location, here Stone and Von Hauske Valtierra contribute small plates and dessert such as chickpeas with raw lobster and peperoncino verde and tiramisu. The full small plates menu is below; the pizza menu includes seven pies such as margherita, bianca, and a new one with three types of tomatoes, tomato paste, Parmigiano cheese, and parsley.

The liquor license is a few days late, so the mainly natural, all-Italian wines the restaurant has stocked up on won’t be available until later this week. Una Pizza Napoletana is now open Monday through Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Both restaurants join a crowded field — slice shops overrun the city, and many prominent sit-down pizza restaurants, such as Emily, a FiDi Keste, and Sorbillo, have opened in Manhattan in the past year.

Una Pizza Napoletana

175 Orchard Street, Manhattan, NY 10002 (646) 476-4457 Visit Website

Joe & Pat Pizzeria and Restaurant

1758 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10314 (718) 981-0887