Fire at Totonno's

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2009/03/14 23:15:30 (permalink)

Fire at Totonno's

 
Fire at Totonno's pizza of Coney Island; among best pie in city, eatery sustains major damage:  A famed Coney Island pizzeria won't be tossing around the dough for a while after its coal-burning oven caught fire Saturday.

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I sure hope they re-open some time soon...I am going to miss this stuff...

 




post edited by Tony Bad - 2009/03/14 23:33:01
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    The Travelin Man
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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2009/03/15 02:10:41 (permalink)


    It is definitely one of my favorite places to grab a pie in NY.
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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2009/03/15 07:43:51 (permalink)
    Lovers of quality pizza and the REAL thing wish them the best getting back on their feet!!!!
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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2010/02/11 15:06:35 (permalink)
    UPDATE:  After many many delays, it looks like Totonno's is ready to re-open.  This is one of the greatest, most classic pizzarias in the country.  Worth even a horrendous one hour+ ride on the F train.  I hope those old ovens survived the fire. 

    http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives/2010/02/totonnos-reopening-friday-thats-what-we-hear.html
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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2010/02/11 15:12:22 (permalink)
    As the comments on the article indicate, there have been an awful lot of "re-opening this week" reports over the past few months. The place is most definitely worth the wait, but I am hoping it happens soon!
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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2010/02/11 15:18:04 (permalink)
    Look at that Pizza! Its better than SEX...Russ
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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2010/02/11 15:48:16 (permalink)
    Don't they have another location, or am I thinking of DiFara's?
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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2010/02/11 16:54:03 (permalink)
    enginecapt

    Don't they have another location, or am I thinking of DiFara's?

     
    Totonno's has a few knockoffs that operate in Manhattan.  The only thing they have in common with the original is the name.  I think they made a little money licencing out the brand, but since the pizza is nowhere near as good, I would guess that the Ciminier family has nothing to do with operating the other locations.  One of the locations is just a few blocks from my apartment, and I've eaten there exactly twice.  It's a pale imitation.
     
    DiFara's is a one store operation.

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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2010/02/11 20:43:26 (permalink)
    Why somebody from the Mayor's Office? To put the inspectors and permit agencies on notice to reach out and educate small businessmen, rather than just do their job and not tell them about the pitfalls, leading to horrendous delay?
    post edited by David_NYC - 2010/02/11 21:31:19
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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2010/02/12 16:13:28 (permalink)
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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2010/05/03 09:30:35 (permalink)
    It took me longer than I would like to admit to get back to the reopened Totonno's in Coney Island. I overheard a discussion that the fire damage was primarily to the back rooms, which are kitchen and prep/storage only, not open to public, but the whole place looks fresh and clean. The only difference I noted in the dining area was the new floor. All the old photos are still there and appeared undamaged.

    Happily, the pizza is as good as ever. The simplicity of their pies is what appeals to me and makes them so wonderful. They manage to add "burnt" as an appealing flavor to the pie, charring just enough to add that flavor while somehow leaving the edges of the crust with almost a creamy texture. The fresh mozzarella, that has almost a sweetness to it, really sets this place apart for me. It has always been one of, if not the best pie in the area.








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    Totonno's somehow manages to maintain the feel of an old neighborhood place despite their broad and well deserved appeal. I am so happy they survived their disaster and came out as good as they have always been. 
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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2010/05/03 09:35:42 (permalink)
    Tony-
    Thanks for the report and excellent photos.  Glad to read that they are as good as before the fire.  I'm no pizza guy, but this place has been high on my list of places to try.
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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2010/05/03 10:59:11 (permalink)
    Tony: Do they sell by the slice, in addition to the whole pies on that wall menu?
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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2010/05/03 11:02:17 (permalink)
    19.50 for a large pie plus tax!! prety steep I must say but I would pay it if its the Bomb!!!
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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2010/05/03 11:09:19 (permalink)
    No slices, just whole pies. They are thin crust, so you can eat more than you'd think!
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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2010/05/03 11:10:44 (permalink)
    OK, that means I'll have to drive there.  Thanks!
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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2010/05/03 11:11:15 (permalink)
    MiamiDon

    Tony: Do they sell by the slice, in addition to the whole pies on that wall menu?
     


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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2010/05/03 11:19:54 (permalink)
    MiamiDon

    OK, that means I'll have to drive there.  Thanks!





    If you do go, eat it there, or at most, take out to your car and eat immediately. Like most thin crust pizza, they don't travel well and tend to get soft in box. Definitely worth a drive in my opinion...and there is always plenty of other soull enriching, educational things to do while down at Coney Island...




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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2010/05/03 11:37:29 (permalink)
    I'll eat a slice or two there, then put the rest in the car and head over to Nathan's for dessert! 
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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2010/05/03 11:44:43 (permalink)
    Tony, thanks so much for the fantastic update!  Looks just divine. 

    Don, Nathan's is a must when in Coney Island!  I always have a dog and fries when I go to see the Brooklyn Cyclones play every summer.  I made the naive mistake of trying a dog at Nathan's on 14th Street in Manhattan on Friday night and was rewarded with the nastiest tasting and weirdly textured dog that I can remember.  I've never had a decent Nathan's dog anywhere but at Surf & Stillwell. 
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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2010/05/03 11:47:08 (permalink)
    billyboy

    Tony, thanks so much for the fantastic update!  Looks just divine. 

    Don, Nathan's is a must when in Coney Island!  I always have a dog and fries when I go to see the Brooklyn Cyclones play every summer.  I made the naive mistake of trying a dog at Nathan's on 14th Street in Manhattan on Friday night and was rewarded with the nastiest tasting and weirdly textured dog that I can remember.  I've never had a decent Nathan's dog anywhere but at Surf & Stillwell. 





    I agree Billy, it is the original or nothing for me. Plus, none of the outlets serve frog's legs like the original!
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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2010/05/03 11:53:06 (permalink)
    MiamiDon

    I'll eat a slice or two there, then put the rest in the car and head over to Nathan's for dessert! 



    Another option for dessert which is a very short drive away...






    nociola...hazelnut...ice cream. One of the best flavors I have had in a very long time...






    rainbow spumoni






    and no one says dessert can't include some good square slices...




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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2010/05/03 12:34:20 (permalink)
    billyboy 
    I made the naive mistake of trying a dog at Nathan's on 14th Street in Manhattan on Friday night and was rewarded with the nastiest tasting and weirdly textured dog that I can remember.  I've never had a decent Nathan's dog anywhere but at Surf & Stillwell. 

    Are you talking about that Nathan's/Pizza Hut/Arthur Treacher's on 14th Street and Second Avenue? I don't think there is a decent Nathan's in  Manhattan since they closed the food court in the Manhattan Mall to build the JC Penny's there. The company-owned Nathan's on 86th Street at the  Gowanus Expressway in Brooklyn is also still good in addition to Coney Island.

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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2010/05/03 12:42:17 (permalink)
    Yes David, unfortunately that was the very place.  I was meeting friends at the Village East Cinemas for a screening of the documentary, "Beyond the Lighted Stage", about the Canadian prog-rock band, RUSH.  I made it there a bit early and thought, "Well, I should see if this Nathan's is any good".  Famous last words.
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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2010/05/03 12:51:24 (permalink)
    Tony Bad: 

    Thanks for the L & B Spumoni Gardens suggestion.  I Google-mapped it and see that it is not far at all.
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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2010/05/03 22:05:49 (permalink)
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    billyboy

    Tony, thanks so much for the fantastic update!  Looks just divine. 

    Don, Nathan's is a must when in Coney Island!  I always have a dog and fries when I go to see the Brooklyn Cyclones play every summer.  I made the naive mistake of trying a dog at Nathan's on 14th Street in Manhattan on Friday night and was rewarded with the nastiest tasting and weirdly textured dog that I can remember.  I've never had a decent Nathan's dog anywhere but at Surf & Stillwell. 

     



    I agree Billy, it is the original or nothing for me. Plus, none of the outlets serve frog's legs like the original!

    Does the Coney Is. Nathan's still serve Chow Mein On A Bun? This concoction sounds sooo wrong but tastes sooo right. 

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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2010/05/03 22:10:15 (permalink)
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    Does the Coney Is. Nathan's still serve Chow Mein On A Bun? This concoction sounds sooo wrong but tastes sooo right. 
     


    It was always hidden down in a corner of one of the many menu boards posted. It was very crowded in there Sunday but I did look for it and didn't see it. I may have missed it, but not sure if it is still on the menu. The frog's legs ARE still there.


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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2010/05/04 09:02:52 (permalink)
    <<Thanks for the L & B Spumoni Gardens suggestion.  I Google-mapped it and see that it is not far at all. >>

    One of the best things about L & B is that they have an outside dining area in front, from which you can watch Old School Brooklyn in action. Some of the people you gotta see to believe, right out of Central Casting- Brooklyn Division.
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    Re:Fire at Totonno's 2011/07/18 13:00:23 (permalink)
    Did there used to be an official Roadfood.com review of Totonno Pizzeria Napoletana?  Did they take it down because of the fire?
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