Saluggi’s Pizza Opening at Failed Comfort Diner Space on Grand Street

Posted on: April 26th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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​While the Lower East Side has several pizzerias to its name, few are worthy of praise. Indeed, the neighborhood isn’t really known for its slice. Stanton Pizza isn’t what it used to be, “Famous” Hakki Akdeniz cornered the dollar-slice market with several “Champion”-branded spots, and Rosario’s is barely hanging on the map. New jams like Williamsburg Pizza or Scarr’s Pizza are trying to change that with higher quality (and price points). Into this crowded scene steps a Tribeca standby that’ll seemingly fit right in.

Saluggi’s Pizza signed a lease last month for the hexed space at 399 Grand Street to impart some “artisanal” brick oven pizza. This address was previously home to The Comfort (nee Comfort Diner), which was a total let-down from top to bottom. Said establishment replaced Noah’s Ark Deli, which was the last full service Kosher restaurant in the neighborhood.

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The large leasing sign is gone and brown paper is in the windows, signaling the beginning of construction. Saluggi’s owner tells us that the second location will probably open earlier for coffee, and serve food until 12am or 1am. For pizza, we’re told slices start at $3 (for plain) and $22 for a pie. Full liquor license is also sought as complement, the application for which will be heard at next month’s Community Board 3 meetings. (Notices to the community are affixed to the door.)

Launch is roughly two months out – July 1.

Saluggi’s Pizza has been holding court in Tribeca for the better part of a decade. This is their first expansion beyond the original location.

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