New York’s pizza scene is in flux after a string of restaurant closures, but some places are enjoying the new culinary freedom.
The most recent restaurant closures include Pizzeria Bianco, which shut down last month after six years of operating as a flagship of the family-owned Italian restaurant chain.
“We had so much fun,” owner Andrea Zanardi said of the time she and her husband spent cooking pizzas at the restaurant.
“And it was just such a wonderful experience.”
In the meantime, the Bianco family is still taking on the challenge of opening new pizzerias, with a focus on pizza, wine and craft beer.
The family started Pizzergardia, which has been in business for nine years and has more than 80 locations, in the Bronx, where they first opened in 2005.
“It’s a little bit of a labor of love,” Zanardi told the AP.
“It’s not a big company, but we really feel like we’re doing something right.
We’re bringing our pizza culture back to New York.”
Zanardi has become a national celebrity for her passion for Italian food, and the Biancinis have expanded their repertoire to include pies from other regional areas as well as international favorites like the New York pizza and beer-and-cider pizza.
“The Biancini’s are the true pizza capital of the world, and that’s our goal,” Zanini said.
The Biancias opened a location in Brooklyn last month, with plans to expand to Manhattan in the future.
“This is a great opportunity to really explore our own food and take it to a whole new level,” Zaniani said.
“We’re really excited about the opportunity.”