With the hoards of massive, ugly skyscrapers taking up our valued real estate, it's a welcome change to hear that someone is trying to keep the spirit of old school New York a part of the modern environment.
A new Lower East Side pizza parlor and bar will open its doors tomorrow, according to DNAinfo.
Scarr's Pizza, owned by Scarr Pimentel, will combine quality food with the feel of the old school New York that he grew up with.
Pimentel grew up in parts of West Harlem, Astoria, and Long Island City, and watched as the New York City he knew and loved changed drastically.
"I wanted to do something with a real New York energy," he told DNAinfo. He describes his new space as one with "a New York vibe that hasn't been around for a very long time."
What does said vibe feel like? Just imagine old school pizza parlors with ceiling lamps, fans, booths, white formica bars, stools, and wood covered walls.
Pimentel spent much of his life in the food industry. His father owned a diner and his grandmother owned a cafe, giving him a feel for the food industry from a very young age. However, he found his passion after learning to make pizza while working as a waiter at Lombardi's Pizza.
Though the decor and food will be reminiscent of old school New York, the quality and business practices will be somewhat unorthodox for a NYC pizza parlor.
The flour will be milled on site, the mozzarella will come from a distributer in the neighborhood, and the vegetables will be grown and farmed by Gotham Greens. Pimentel states that this is a way to provide "food that's good for you without the pretension."
Additionally, Scarr's Pizza will not offer cans and bottles, though wine and beer will be available. He states that this will be part of his efforts to reduce waste.
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If you're looking for a slice, prices will start at $3, and $22 for an 18-inch pie, but Pimentel told DNAinfo that "he'll offer a reduced-price deal for kids that will help him compete with 99-cent slice operations."
Scarr's will also offer personal pizzas and options for those with a lactose intolerance. Need something sweet after your slice? He'll also offer Gino's Italian Ices.
Scarr's Pizza is located at 22 Orchard Street. It will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.
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