Big-deal pizza maker Anthony Mangieri is heading back to Jersey. The Asbury Park Press reports that the obsessive pizza chef with a cult following plans to open a new location of Una Pizza Napoletana in Atlantic Highlands, N.J. — and, for the first time, will have more than one location of the restaurant. The Lower East Side outpost will remain in business, at least for now.
It’s not a totally out-of-the-blue development. Earlier this week, Pete Wells reviewed the Manhattan location for the second time in less than a year after hearing a rumor that Mangieri might leave town; he upgraded the LES restaurant to two stars.
The New Jersey native chef — who opened his first restaurant in Jersey — tells Asbury Park Press that he started considering storefronts closer to home after mixed reviews of the LES Una, plus a “shakeup” with his partners Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske. Still, his plan was “always to end up back in New Jersey,” he says.
The new outpost is expected to open as early as this summer at 91A First Avenue in Atlantic Highlands.
Mangieri’s known for being a stickler for detail — making all the pies himself and, in the past, declining expansion because of this. At the Lower East Side pizzeria, though, he started training people for the first time, and Mangieri is telling the Times that he will split his time between the two locations.
But he’s considering going full-time Jersey, he tells Asbury Park Press: “I plan on making every pizza that’s served there, so that kind of tells you where I’m going to end up,” he says.
- NJ restaurants: World-renowned ‘pizza pope’ to open Atlantic Highlands Una Pizza [Asbury Park Press]