When I first moved into the neighborhood as a newlywed thirty years ago, my husband introduced me to the place. He had already been living on Union Street for ten years, and I truly believe that he must have stopped to eat at Nino's every other day.
Nino's brothers worked behind the counter and always greeted everyone with a big hello. At lunch time, the place was packed with officers from the 76th Precinct just down the block. It was a booming business. In the late 80s, Nino's expanded the business into the storefront next door at number 529 Henry Street, but in 2007, Nino sold the business.
Franscesco's Trattoria took over. Just recently, the new business downsized into number 529 Henry Street, leaving the original Nino's Pizza storefront empty.
Many in Carroll Gardens still miss Nino's. I am one of them. Luckily, Nino's brother Vinny, went on to open a very successful Italian restaurant on Smith Street.
A reader recently alerted me to the fact that the old space will soon become a deli. It's good to see some activity at that corner. The new business will be called "Carroll Gardens Deli" and will serve breakfast and lunch sandwiches, smoothies and organic beverages.
A blast from the past.
The corner of Henry Street and Union Street in the 1970s.
Nino's can be seen in the upper left hand corner.
photo courtesy of Lost City
529 and 531 Henry Street in 2011, when both storefronts were occupied by Francesco's