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.
The choices are limited, but they are all you need...
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.