Tuesday, September 04, 2012

New Smith Street Pizzeria Looks Almost Ready For Prime Time

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It sure has been taking a long time, but it appears that the new pizzeria at 311 Smith Street, between President and Union Streets, is ready for its grand opening. There is still no sign above the door revealing the eatery's name, but the inside looks pretty much set up.  On Friday afternoon,  the fire was going in the brick oven.
The storefront was once the home of Vintage Cellars, a great little wine store.


12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Interesting decor..not sure why there is a wagon wheel hanging in a pizza store. Hopefully the pizza is good! If not, we have an abundance of other pizza places within a few blocks.

Anonymous said...

Are they trying to ride the wood fired/brick oven pizza train like Roberta's and Louie G? Do they have a permit for that oven ? Or is it a fake? what a weird interior. Like a theme park. There isn't the best pizza in this area but there are the classic slices. This place probably won't sell slices. I like Luigi's on 5th Ave. sigh. The theme parked Italian places are just crazy. First Ciro's now this. :( Why not clean up the empty rotting lot next to Rite Aid?!

Trumbull Bully said...

Bully here. Back from my summer vacation in Tyrol. I'm finally getting my hearing back.

Talk about thrusting the ills of the neighborhood on a pizza joint! Anonymous, any more complaints? How about you give it a try? Check out Ciro's while you're at it.

Rob said...

Considering pizza taste is subjective, unless it's really awful or overly expensive I would imagine they'll be ok. I do miss the wine store though. It's pretty much no-mans-land for liquor stores down on that end if you live east of Smith St.

Anonymous said...

I predict said pizza place, Ciro's and Kittery all close within a year of opening. All look like theme parks. I understand Jim Mamary might have opened a ton of restaurants in the past, but they are SO poorly executed. Diego? That place was a joke. Ciro's? Always empty. I would rather frequent Lucali, Red Rose, Vinny's Frankie's, Brucie, Sam's...the list goes on. Just my opinion folks, not trying to be hostile.

Anonymous said...

Yeah does anyone have info on that nasty rotting lot next to Rite Aid? It's about time this gets torn down and/ or cleaned up. Such an ugly block.

Anonymous said...

Scottos wine merchant on court st has been a neighborhood fixture for years and is a mere block or so away. Nice place. Good selection.

Anonymous said...

the weird flea market stopped renting the space and never took the tent down. Rite aid uses it now for trash and storage. Those red and white booths were never taken down , obviously, either. It has become a trash dumping ground and there is no address to call into 311. Katia? Any ideas?

Katia said...

I don't know who the owner of that lot is, but obviously Rite -Aid does. How about contacting their corporate office to let them know that the entire block looks terrible, including their own tree pits and dead cherry trees.

Anonymous said...

A few thoughts.

1. I left a snarky note on this blog a few months ago about the decor at Ciro (wished it were more like al di la). I've since eaten there and i owe those guys a huge apology: the food was absolutely amazing, the service incredibly inviting, and honestly, the decor felt a lot fresher inside. i hope they do well. (try the pea ravioli with truffle sauce!) Still, I wish they'd toned down the theme park decor in the window...

2. ditto the theme park decor (as someone rightly called it) at this new pizza place. edit!

3. the real crime at this end of smith is that someone is using the double storefront at 293 Smith as storage. i'm not even sure it's legal. CB6 should look into it. it's murder for retail on that block and south of there. (sure, i'd prefer someone would finish the two unfinished corner lots to the north, but that seems like a longer term project...)

Anonymous said...

i walked past this place every day.
looking forward to their opening! the owners are warm & friendly, the decor is fabulous. it almsot reminds me exactly of a small family style restaurant I visited in Rome. I believe this pizzeria will bring some life back to the block & cant wait to taste they're offering.

Anonymous said...

I too am curious about 293 Smith Street. I walked past there today and an older gentleman was unloading giant cans of corn onto the sidewalk. The inside looks old and interesting. What is the history of this store? Seems like it used to be a candy shop from the street view image on Google maps.