My Pie Pizzeria Romana has closed its Upper West Side location at 166 West 72nd Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues. (Thanks to Hyuk Lee for the tip).
The windows have been lined with brown construction paper and the interior has been emptied out.
“We would like to thank you for the amazing care we have received since we opened our doors back in 2017,” a sign in the window of My Pie read. “Unfortunately, we have made the difficult decision to permanently close our store.”
The notice continued to explain that the owners tried their best to pull through, but between a pricey monthly rent and the business they lost throughout the pandemic, staying afloat was no longer on the table.
Thank you My Pie for providing excellent sustenance to the Upper West Side for nearly 5 years. My Pie was quick and clutch when I got off the subway at 72nd Street after a long day at work. As I would make my way home I’d wonder what I could do for dinner, and there you’d be, slinging me some Chicken Buffalo and a Pepperoni. Your Roman style thick crust, cut rectangularly, always helped me when I was looking for something of quality, quickly.
“It’s a shame,” said James Eliopoulos, 52, of West 71st Street. “I loved that the employees loved their own sweets and it showed when they recommended me something.”
Not only did My Pie serve excellent pizza, they also offered a tasty array of Italian desserts, imported directly from Milan. The Coppa Tiramisu, Coppa 3 Chocolate and Chocolate Mousse were indeed a triple threat to contemplate when it came complimenting your My Pie selection.
Juicy Cube, right next door to My Pie and run by the same owners, has also closed its doors. The Juicy Cube ‘Heart Beet’ juice was a consistent favorite, which I’d grab before a big skateboard ride around the city. I’d come to learn that beet juice increases blood flow and promotes oxygen uptake by your muscles. It aided me in a better performing ride.
Not all is lost, though: you can still find My Pie at 690 Lexington Avenue (at 57th Street) and Juicy Cube at 674 Lexington Avenue (at 56th Street).
Thank you for everything, My Pie and Juicy Cube. ‘Til next time.
My Pie had excellent pizza, which I ate regularly for at least two and half years. The Grandma slice was consistently extraordinary.
But I have to suppose, in all seriousness, that they lost business because the prices didn’t simply include the taxes–it’s an easy calculation to do so as to end up at say $6.75 with tax–and they refused to stock Mexican Coca Cola. That vastly better Coca Cola has be widely available at NYC pizza places for 10 years, and a lot of places include tax at least on the slice prices.
Prices with taxes added also mean prices like $6.88 which means lower cash tips for the counter.
Probably didn’t help that a decent, far from excellent though, pizza place, which admittedly also does not include taxes in the price, opened just a block down Broadway in May 2020.
Pretty sure the same owner owned the juice/smoothie place next door, that didn’t seem to have a lot of customer traffic, ever. Never tried the place.
Bring back Grandaisy. Yes, I know the sign is there on the grocery. That bakery had excellent small pizza slices, and the branch that’s still in exists in TriBeca has Mexican Coke. Lovely sandwiches too.
I was devastated to learn this when I walked by a few days ago. They made the absolute best pizza in the neighborhood. Always reminded me of wonderful pizza I ate in Rome. My frequent dinner place! I was so happy to have a neighborhood place with especially delicious vegan pizza, so few pizza places offer this option nor do any prepare it as well as MyPie. Sigh….
Now we have lost both “My Pie” AND John’s. No pizza for me until something new comes along. Nothing can compare at this time. Well, maybe “Arte Cafe”.
My Pie was the best pizza in the neighborhood. No other pizza place ever came close with the possible exception of Farinella. Sad to see them close.
Pizza was incredible – tomato sauce always tasted freshly made and they always used high-quality ingredients. I will truly miss this establishment