Few things go together like pizza and the Lower East Side — after all, there’s little the drunk masses enjoy more than a slice. And it just so happens that the neighborhood is getting … three new pie joints! The first of these, Goodfella’s, which opened yesterday, is a spinoff of a Staten Island pizza and pasta joint, so we suppose they can’t really be blamed for rolling out a mafioso name at a rather inopportune time — we already know that sort of thing’s been going on a while. The 26-seat dining room is open for lunch and dinner (till 2 a.m. on weekends), serving a menu of pizzas, classic pastas like baked ziti, the requisite chicken parm, and a few sandwiches and salads, and there’s also a $10 lunch menu.
Famous Hakki, Via TribunaliPhoto: Jenny Miller
Just a block down, on Ludlow Street, workers tell us that Via Tribunali is about a month out. The restaurant is taking over three storefronts at 122–124 Ludlow, one of which will reportedly be a coffee shop by the same ownership. And over on Essex Street, signage for a pizzeria-to-be just went up: Famous Hakki cryptically promises just "pizza," but we’ll keep you posted if any signs of life appear.
Goodfellas, 144 Orchard St., at Rivington St.; 212-432-3200