‘Goodfella’s Pizza’ on Orchard Shutters as Trapizzino Snack Shop Readies Takeover
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Goodfella’s Pizza officially terminated its Lower East Side tenure last week after five years on the block.
The Staten Island-based pizzeria turned out the lights and closed the gates at 144 Orchard Street for the last time Thursday evening. A single farewell note is plastered to the front door, thanking the Lower East Side for the “years of support and loyalty” and “what it has given us.
The exit of Goodfella’s was expected, though, and, actually, a long time coming. The corner restaurant had been on the market for the last couple years, and finally found a way out with a like-minded successor. As previously reported, principal Luca Vincenzini will impart a quick-serve snack shop featuring its namesake Trapizzino (sorta like pizza pockets). During the license application process, he admitted that alcohol was “not their mission,” that they only wanted to bring authentic street food from Rome” to the area at an affordable price point.
Once Community Board 3 bestowed its blessings for beer-wine last month, the clock started ticking for Goodfella’s.