Original Review: 09/22/12
PIZZA SNOB RATING ****1/2 Nearer Perfection
My post this morning about the suspected demise of the much-loved Tony’s Pizza created a level of interest like this blog has never before seen. The amount of sadness mixed in with an overall appreciation for this Bayonne landmark was incredible.
Well, leave it to the You Know You Grew Up in Bayonne When …. Facebook page to get to the bottom of things. It seems that Tony’s is merely undergoing a renovation and will be reopening shortly. The outpour of concern eventually got to Carmine Vitale, son of founder Tony, who today runs the place with his cousin.
Here’s what Carmine had to say:
“Mike, this is not true. We are just in the midst of doing renovations to the interior of the shop. We are not going anywhere! We love Bayonne and all its citizens and definitely all our customers. As many people know, we have been there for over 40 years, and the interior hasn’t changed much in that time. So we were well overdue for a major renovation to the inside–hence the delay in the re-opening
We are revamping our pizza menu as well. We will be offering some family recipes that we have been holding out on, and I hope you come in to try them. We are going to build a display case for our new and classic pizzas. Anticipate stuffed square pies with escarole and broccoli rabe and also grandma squares, all of which I’m sure will be a tasty and big hit!
I will keep you updated. We have a very loyal following, and I can’t wait to reopen with a brand new menu. Both I and my cousin Nicholas have trained under my father Tony who was truly a pizza master and set the bar so high in many ways. I consider Bayonne the pizza capital of the world–so many pizza parlors in such a small town. Our dough recipe dates back to the old country, and me and my cousin feel ready to take it to the next level!”
Wow! This is really great news, and I for one can’t wait to visit the new Tony’s when I come back to Bayonne later this year! Thanks Carmine for checking in with us.
NEW PIZZA SNOB RATING ****1/2 Nearer Perfection
250 Broadway (between 9th and 10th Streets) Bayonne, NJ 07002