UPPER WEST SIDE — A longtime pizzeria recognized as having one of the best slices in the city said it will reopen Wednesday after a weeks-long closure that had locals fearing the legendary spot was gone for good.
Sal and Carmine Pizza, which opened 56 years ago and has been at its current location at 2761 Broadway since 1987, will resume business Wednesday, a company rep said.
"We can assure you we will not be closing for good," the pizza place wrote in a Facebook message.
The slice spot at West 102nd Street had its gate down since at least Aug. 23, a resident said.
The extended closure was necessary to sort out "some confusion as far as business goes," the pizzeria rep said, without offering any further clarification.
As the days ticked by and no one answered the phone, locals got nervous that the family-run joint had shuttered forever.
"This is a neighborhood institution for decades and is routinely listed as a best slice of pizza in NYC," said resident Tag Gross. "[The closing] is terrible news if true.”
Another local, Nick Amadeus, also began to feel panicked about the closure late last week.
Losing Sal and Carmine "would be a neighborhood tragedy!" he said in a message.
The pizza place has made just about everyone's list for best New York City pizza, including Jon Stewart's, according to the eatery's Facebook page.
After moving to the U.S. from Italy, brothers Sal and Carmine Malanga first opened their pizza joint in 1959 on Broadway at West 95th Street.
Sal's grandson, Luciano Gaudiosi, took over as the current owner in 2009, after Sal passed away.