Italiano’s Pizza has left behind its York Boulevard storefront, with the Highland Park pizza parlor focusing operations on its remaining store on Figueroa. What’s going into that York Boulevard space? Not Paulie Gee’s, the well-regarded Brooklyn pizzeria owned by Paul Gianonne. Gianonne last month said he was working with a local partner to open a Los Angeles outlet – featuring one of his wood-fired pizza ovens – on York Boulevard. In fact, Gianonne told The Eastsider he “fell in love” with Italiano’s, which was up for sale, but things did not work out. Apparently another tenant is preparing to move in. Now, faced with intense competition for space on York Boulevard, Gianonne said he might end up opening a Paulie Gee’s in downtown.
“We wanted to leave the dining room just the way it was, with all of its old school charm and just drop one of our wood fired oven’s in there. It was perfect,” Gianonne said in an email. “Whomever is moving in is very fortunate. I hope they are smart enough to retain the character of the dining room.”
Gianonne said that “we love that stretch of York Boulevard and believe there is no better community to be in all of L.A.” but he is going to have to shift his search to downtown if he can’t find a suitable location soon on York. “If you or any of your readers learn of any potential spaces on York in the neighborhood of 3000sf, please let me know.”
* Correction: A previous story said Italiano’s moved to a new location on Figueroa. That’s wrong. The Figueroa Italiano’s had already been in operation.