Pizza and Beer Restaurants Coming to Hell's Kitchen

By Mathew Katz on February 10, 2012 10:34am 

Pizza from Kesté Pizza & Vino. The restaurant's co-owner is opening a pizzeria in Hell's Kitchen with the owner of Naples' oldest pizza shop.
Pizza from Kesté Pizza & Vino. The restaurant's co-owner is opening a pizzeria in Hell's Kitchen with the owner of Naples' oldest pizza shop.
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Openings 

Hell's Kitchen residents looking for a handmade stuffed-crust pizza are in luck: Don Antonio Pizza is now open in Hell's Kitchen, serving traditional pies along with a riccotta pizza made with a mozarella-filled crust. The new pizzeria at 309 W. 50th St. is the brainchild of Roberto Caporuscio, who owns Keste Pizza and Vino in the West Village, along with Antonio Starita, owner of one of Naples' oldest pizza shops

On The Horizon

Right across from the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the appropriately named mega-bar Beer Authority should open sometime in the next few weeks. The new pub at 300 W. 40th St. features a 63-foot bar, 66 taps, and a huge rooftop beer garden. Beer Authority also plans to serve high-end gastropub fare, and could be a classier opposite to the infamous dive bars in the Port Authority itself.  

Internet cookie wunderkind Zachary Schmahl is finally setting up a brick-and-mortar location in Hell's Kitchen. Schmackary's is set to start serving up its signature offbeat cookies at 630 Ninth Ave. The baker already does huge web business with cookies like the white chocolate cherry chunker, choconut chip, and oatmeal scotchie, so well-established fans will likely be lining up on for them on Day One. 

Closings

After a month without a party, the beleaguered Juliet Supperclub at 539 W. 21st St. looks like it won't ever reopen its doors. It's all but given up in an eviction case against it by its landlord after a series of deadly incidents. No word on what — if anything — will replace the club, but it will likely be more low key than the Juliet, which was known for excessive celebrity-filled bashes.

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