When third-generation pizza man Peter Thristino opened Pete's Pizzeria last March on Fifth Avenue between First and Second Streets, he most likely expected it to do as well as as his other long-standing pizzeria, Pete's Downtown by the Brooklyn Bridge. Even though the pizza was quite good (Pete and his brother Joe spent months perfecting their wood-burning oven skills), the space was awkwardly planned and it just couldn't hold its own amongst the glut of decent local pizza. It closed before the year was out, and the space has sat empty since.
Well, it looks like more pizza is heading for the space. Yesterday an eagle-eyed reader spotted a pizza oven being brought into the storefront, and asked someone on site what was up. He turned out to be one of the partners, and he told her the pizza served there would be "like Motorino or Keste." High standards to live up to, but they've got some good inspiration!
A permit was issued last month to completely renovate the space, and it appears as if the new owners are HMRP Hospitality Inc., which I haven't been able to track down any information about.