Lombardi’s will be closed until Thursday morning at 11:30 AM for annual oven maintenance. Masons will replace the metal grates and brick pieces around the coal box. Grates are replaced every 3-4 months but the oven is only “shut off” once per year, usually the week after Superbowl Sunday.
But have no fear, the most anticipated pizzeria reopening of the year (decade? century?) happens this Wednesday at 12 noon. Totonno’s Pizzeria Napoletana opened in 1924 with former Lombardi’s pie man Anthony “Totonno” Pero at the help. After a fire last March, the restaurant closed down for major repairs. Slice, America’s Favorite Pizza Weblog, has published 10 articles announcing projections for the re-opening date over the past 11 months but this one seems to be legit.
When one coal oven pizzeria extinguishes its flame, another is ignited.