Oh, Loverboy. Pizza, Oh Pizza, My Sweet Pizza, You’re the One… (Maybe?)

If things go as planned, Loverboy, the East Village’s newest pizza spot (brought to you by owners Richard Knapp and T.J. Lynch of Nolita gin mill, Mother’s Ruin) may actually be able to serve pizza by early August.

“We’ve basically decided to say, ‘Fuck Con Ed,’” the bartender at Loverboy explained. “We’ve outfitted the kitchen so that we can just go all electric. We’re closer than where I thought we’d be since making the shift. We should be ready to serve pizza within the next two weeks.”

In an interview with Grub Street, Loverboy co-owner T.J. Lynch said the spot hadn’t been named for the Patrick Dempsey pizza deliveryman-gigolo movie or the ’80s band (we’ll have to settle for a hed inspired by Mickey & Sylvia) and described their concept as combining “the unpretentious feel and good drinks of Mother’s Ruin, but with pizza by the slice and pie.” Instead of having folks leave the bar to find slices to sop up the frozen cocktails, they decided they’d serve pizza themselves (“I think it’s because we’re geniuses” Lynch added).

Loverboy’s pizza style? Lynch, who worked on it with consulting chef Nick Pfannerstill (previously chef de cuisine of Dovetail), told Grub Street, “Our style is called awesome pizza. That’s the culinary definition.” More specifically, he then went on to describe it as a square-style with a thicker crust that’s not quite Sicilian-thick.

Tone can be lost in translation, but the quotes do read a little, ahem, abrupt and… confident.

Hey, God bless if you can back it up. The East Village could use another good pizzeria and it’d be nice if this corner, which has been a disastrous parade of unsuccessful restaurants and bars, would turn out to be something that’s actually good and more than just a douche magnet.

The last attempt, Lumé, a self-described “Epicurean drinkery” was seized in 2014. Previously, it was Life – Kitchen and Bar, which took over Verso (probably only vaguely remembered for a topless diner encounter immortalized on neighborhood über-blog EVGrieve), and which was at one point Caffe Cotto, Caffe Pepe Rosso and God knows what else after Pedro’s Bakery, where Iggy Pop apparently once ordered food in the 1990s during a documentary before realizing he didn’t have any cash.

That being said, Loverboy being the first success in a long time on a corner full of consecutive failures will be no small feat.

How hard is it to go from gas to electric? We’ll have to see. The bartender said the pizza would be in the “Roman style” but thicker and more like a Sicilian pizza, but softer toward the middle. Loverboy plans to sell pizza by the pie and by the slice and to also do delivery. The pizza toppings that will be available on the menu are still a bit of a secret.

Loverboy
127 Avenue C,
New York, NY 10009 
Phone: (917)202-0599
facebook.com/loverboynyc/
Subway: L (1st Ave)

New East Village Artichoke Pizza About To Open

The sign is up and the butcher paper is about to come down at the new Artichoke Pizza just across the street from the old one, which sadly burned down just a few weeks ago (FDNY fire marshals said it was caused by heat from its overheated pizza oven flue). The new sliceria had been in the works for almost a year and there’s a new lease, about six times the space for customers, and about 15 times more room for the Artichoke crew to sling their signature pies late into the night for hungry East Village party-zens. These things sometimes have a way of turning from days to weeks, but cousins Francis Garcia and Sal Basille said they may open as soon as today.

It’s happy news that the block will continue to feature one of businesses that helped bring life to a strange stretch of 14th Street that will soon see even more foot traffic from all the people who will call all the new construction going up either work or home.

And it sounds like if you swing by in the opening weeks, you may have a chance to eat a slice from a pie personally slung by one of the owners. More from the Artichoke pizza boys to come.

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza
320 E 14th Street,

New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 228-2004
artichokepizza.com
Subway: L