Legendary Pizzeria, Totonno's, Shuttered by Fire

As if things weren’t bad enough for old Coney Island, a Saturday morning blaze has indefinitely shuttered Totonno’s, the 85-year-old Lombardi’s spinoff. Owner Louise “Cookie” Ciminieri tells the Times she plans to rebuild: “It’s pretty bad. It’s a lot of damage. I have to redo the oven, because the water got into the bricks. We’re going to fix that, rebrick it … I promise you, it’ll be the same exact pizza.” The fire may have had something to do with the storage of coals in a fire box. Rob and Robin’s words now seem prescient: “Every self-respecting pizza-loving New Yorker should visit the Coney Island original at least once in his lifetime. Go soon before they run out of dough permanently.”

Fire Shuts Totonno’s, Legendary Coney Island Pizzeria [NYT]

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