Rosario’s Pizza will Look for a New LES Location
Losing Rosario’s Pizza, much like its old neighbor Bereket, is the elimination of yet another connection to the old Lower East Side. The pizza joint held down the northwest corner of Orchard and Stanton Streets for more than twenty years, and spent the preceding decades just around the corner.
However, the retirement of manager/owner Sal Bartolomeo last year, coupled with the state-ordered mandate to close amidst coronavirus, was all it took.
The family got in touch to explain more about the closure and the search for a sequel space.
Rosario’s Pizza has called the LES home since 1965 when its owner, Rosario Dispenza, first opened its doors and has stood strong in the LES for nearly six decades, withstanding the many phases of this eclectic neighborhood. Rosario passed in 2018 and Rosario’s manager/nephew, Salvatore Bartolomeo, retired last year but the neighborhood establishment remained family owned as Rosario’s daughter and son-in-law continued operating. Unfortunately with the striking of COVID-19 and the burdensome rent and expenses that were accruing without the possibility of running the daily operations, Rosario’s was left with no choice but to close its doors, a decision that did not come easy. With a glimmer of hope, Rosario’s Pizza will find its way back to the LES in the very near future.
When asked about preferred location for the return, the family said only: “We are waiting for the dust to settle to make that decision.”