Shining light on his roots, Michael Lastoria, co-founder at &pizza, had no doubt it was time to open up shop in his hometown of New York City. After all, &pizza was conceptualized right here downtown.
“The idea for &pizza was born in an art studio in west Chelsea, so the opportunity to bring the fully realized concept back to its start is pretty rad,” says Lastoria. “The pizza community in NYC is strong, and we look forward to adding some new flavor into the mix.”
Just last month, the evolving and creative NoMad neighborhood got its first taste of &pizza’s vision when the new shop opened. This location, The Point, is NYC’s first but the brand’s twenty-second outpost, with predecessors spanning D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia.
Sitting just blocks from the Flatiron Building, this new location, designed by Jeffrey White, nods architectural elements to the iconic structure. To fill this space, &pizza reached out to groundbreaking local artists, as it does in each of its unique storefronts. At The Point, black-and-white art installations by famed muralist Tony Rubin and graffiti artist Bisco Smith create a fresh, unexpected environment to complement the high-energy musical beats, magnetizing aesthetic, and delicious pies.
&pizza is known for its unique, oblong-shaped pizzas that are made with high-quality ingredients. Guests are welcome to either craft their own individual pie with unlimited toppings or choose from nine signature pizzas—“The Hits.”
We insisted on trying top seller by far, the American Honey, a classic spicy tomato, mozzarella, and pepperoni pie topped with creative ingredients like arugula, goat cheese, and Mike’s Hot Honey. This Brooklyn-based honey brand elevates pies with its signature sweet but spicy drizzle and represents &pizza’s partnership program, Little Giants. For this program, &pizza invites small like-minded brands and organizations making strides in their communities to collaborate with local locations on innovative menu offerings. The Point is also currently working with Milk Bar, FoodCorps, and Luke’s Lobster and plans to expand to more local businesses over time.
The Bitches first question was, “So do you have a brunch pizza?” We were immediately directed to the Farmer’s Daughter. This pie was by far our favorite and was topped with classic brunch goodies like egg and Italian sausage. Combining these breakfast specials with spicy tomato sauce, spinach, mozzarella, parmesan, and red pepper chili oil married our two favorite food groups: brunch and pizza.
&pizza’s artisans let us create a custom Bitches Who Brunch pie. This special combination was topped with basil pesto, fresh mozzarella, pineapple, tomato, pineapple, spicy chickpea, pickled red onion, and fig balsamic. If you’re a fan of heat, definitely try our colorful Bitches Who Brunch pie full of bold flavor.
&pizza is definitely not your average New York City pizza shop; experience is the focal point, and quality is never compromised. Plus, they’re coming soon to yet another hot spot: Astor Place. We’ll make sure to keep you in the know.
15 W 28th Street
New York, NY 10001
&pizza is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.