Patsy’s Pizzeria first opened its New York City location at 2287 1st Avenue in 1933, having been the dream of immigrant newlyweds Pasquale ‘Patsy’ and Carmella Lancieri. Patsy’s Pizzeria quickly established itself as a family style, old- fashioned neighborhood restaurant. Patsy’s Pizzeria catered to the growing population of Italian immigrants who longed for the cuisine of their homeland in a casual family style atmosphere.
Also attracted were New Yorkers who wished to taste the new culinary expertise of the Italian immigrants and their developed brick-oven pizza. Without a doubt Patsy’s Pizzeria established itself as the originator and leader of the family style pizza restaurant.
Almost immediately, the atmosphere, style and cuisine at Patsy’s Pizzeria began attracting many popular and famous personalities. Luminaries like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Tony Bennett became regulars. In addition, its prime uptown location made it a convenient stop for famous Yankees such as Phil Rizzutto, Joe DiMaggio and Yogi Berra. Patsy Lancieri had developed a huge following and East Harlem was “THE” place to go.
In the early 1970’s, Patsy’s Pizzeria became the late-night haunt of Francis Ford Coppola who used its ambiance to shape his actor’s performance in his block-buster film The Godfather. As a result, the restaurant has been used numerous times as a period location and backdrop for many movies, employing many East Harlem residents in the process
Without a doubt, Patsy Lancieri established his restaurant as a neighborhood landmark with a tradition of providing for his community and all those in need.
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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 4:50 PM
Patsy's Pizzeria is set to dish out its famed thin crust pies in the Bronx
The legendary East Harlem eatery is set to open the doors of its newest outpost in the Morris Park area. They also have their sights set on a location near the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New Rochelle and Ryebrook NY.