GREENBURGH, NY - Since high school, Brad Nagy and Angelo Viscoso, owners of " Frankie and Fanucci's ," loved pizza. Growing up in Queens, they sampled as many pizzerias as possible. Even when attending college in Boston, they chose the pricier Italian restaurants over greasy buffalo wings. Their favorite joint was Coney Island's Totonno's , an 82-year-old pizza shop that made a mean thin-crust, coal fire pizza.
"I can eat pizza every day," said Nagy. "I literally will eat pizza every day. I still have not gotten tired of it. After all these years of doing it, I'll eat it every single day."
Nagy and Viscoso opened "Frankie and Fanucci's" Hartsdale location in May 2009. Specializing in pizza, salad and paninis, they already have plans to expand their menu to include pasta and a bigger bar. In the fall, they will acquire the adjoining storefront to provide 30 additional seats, a party room, and a larger kitchen and bar.
The Westchester Magazine award-winning eatery ("Best New Restaurant" for their Mamaroneck location and "Best Pizza") boasts dark wooden tables, a monochromatic-tiled floor, stocky black booths, and drop-down ceiling lights. Wine bottles and coffee cups sit in high black shelves behind a counter of friendly staff. The coal oven blazes an orange glow, heating up the back of the room.
"It's a unique product that we do here," said Nagy. "There are not a lot of places that do a traditional wood-fire pizza. We bring in the best ingredients. We try to do a more unique and authentic style that people really appreciate."
Their oven weighs 8,500 pounds and burns at 800 degrees, embarking their pizza with a nice flavor and burnt edge.
"The town has been great to us," said Nagy. "They've been very supportive of our business. And Hartsdale is a nice place to do business in. It's a great community."
Currently, there are two "Frankie and Fanucci's" locations: Hartsdale and Mamaroneck. Plans for additional Westchester locations are being discussed.
To thank customers for their patronage, "Frankie and Fanucci's" will offer $1 personal pizzas on Monday, July 11 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. ... or until the dough runs out.
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