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The ‘Pizza Champ’ Delivering Pizzas to those in Need on the Bowery

Posted May 6, 2020 at 5:05 am

When Chinatown was down, he was there; when COVID-19 hurt the destitute, he was also there. Hakki Akdeniz, the so-called pizza champion, was on the Bowery this weekend distributing pizzas and other snacks to those in need. Specifically, the queue of folks outside the Bowery Mission on Saturday. The pizza-maker had cameras rolling… Delivering pizzas […]

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‘Greens and Grains’ Shutters, While Famous Hakki Readies Essex Chicken Spot

Posted October 17, 2019 at 5:03 am

Greens and Grains is no more after a year in business, as Hell Square eats another of its own. Instead, the so-called Pizza Champion is opening a chicken-focused eatery. Hakki Akdeniz, who owns a plethora of pizzerias around the neighborhood, is planning to open Essex Chicken at 115 Essex Street. Just a few doors down […]

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‘La Margarita Pizza’ Moves into the Old Taquitoria on Ludlow Street

Posted October 12, 2017 at 5:04 am

The red storefront canopy has been in place since last May, but only now are we seeing activity at 168 Ludlow Street. Indeed, La Margarita Pizza, which currently occupies 151 Ludlow, will open its replacement location today. Employees readying the space confirmed the news. We were previously informed that the two pizza parlors will sling slices […]

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Hakki’s Rivington Pizza Parlor Renamed ‘Melani Pizza’; Full Liquor License Sought

Posted July 22, 2014 at 6:06 am

Hakki’s “famous” World Champion Pizza at 170 Rivington Street is no longer in the Lower East Side game. Within the last few weeks, the store seemingly changed hands, and currently carries a new identity. The parlor is now called Melani Pizzeria. The store itself underwent some change as well, including a major cleanup and better dining […]

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Pizza Champion Hakki Akdeniz Opens Another Slice Joint on Hester Street

Last modified November 18, 2013 at 8:37 am

Famous dough-stretcher Hakki Akdeniz is expanding his Lower East Side pizza empire. The one-time World Pizza Champion just opened another parlor at 84 Hester Street, beside the corner Chinese bodega. Newspaper clippings boasting his prowess hang in the windows, as do bilingual printouts. The pizza joint is seemingly without proper title, identified solely by its […]

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SX Grocery Now Open at 123 Essex Street

Posted June 17, 2011 at 6:09 am

The latest Lower East Side bodega is a pun on its namesake street. More after the jump!

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New Bodega on Its Way to 123 Essex

Posted May 3, 2011 at 6:28 am

Word on the street is the onetime budget threads shop at the corner, Visco, will reportedly sprout the newest neighborhood bodega.

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Famous Hakki Pizza Reveals Signage at 123 Essex

Posted April 14, 2011 at 6:09 am

Famous Hakki Pizza puts official stamp on Essex Street.

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Hakki Pizza to Open Outpost at 123 Essex

Posted April 12, 2011 at 6:09 am

Visco was one of the last old-world holdouts on Essex Street just north of Delancey. Its old digs will soon serve pizza.

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