The Historic Home of the Triangle Grandma Slice, Pizza Italia Re-Opens in Chelsea

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Copyright 2015 By Punchin International. All Rights Reserved.

Pizza Italia is located at 307 W 17th Street, between 8th and 9th avenues,, 212-242-4242, is open Sunday noon to midnight, Mon 11am-midnight, Tues-Thurs 11am-2am, Fri-Sat 11am-5am. Delivery and catering are available.

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It all began with Grandma’s sauce. Prepared only with fresh, raw peeled plum tomatoes, simmered for hours with carrots, celery, onions, garlic, herbs and spices, Anthony Sorisi’s grandmother’s marinara recipe has been passed down from generation to generation. It became the inspiration for the unconventional round Grandma pie he invented at Pizza Italia on Stone Street in NYC’s Financial District, as well as the basis for signature dishes such as Rigatoni Vodka and Seafood Fra DIavolo.

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Sorisi, born in Borgetto, Sicily, learned to cook at his father’s side at Sorisi Pizza in Forest Hills. He followed in his father’s footsteps, opening Pizza Italia in 1992. When Sorisi decided to relocate to Chelsea, he asked his nephew Giuseppe Gambino, who trained at the Culinary Academy of Long Island to be his partner in Pizza Italia. Eventually, Sorisi’s eldest son will take his father’s place.

The new location quickly became popular, serving the vibrant neighborhood from school kids to club kids, parents to office workers, from morning to late night. Gambino keeps the restaurant open until after the bars and clubs close to meet the demand of customers who literally knock on the door, begging to be let in, at 4:30 in the morning.

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Behind the marble counter that dominates the white tiled space, you’ll see the massive brick oven that takes two hours to heat, and a variety of pies ranging from the classic Margherita to the vegetarian Eggplant and Ricotta; to the untraditional but very popular Chicken Bacon Ranch; and many others. In addition to the list of gourmet pizzas, any variation can be made to order from any combination of toppings—pepperoni, broccoli, Italian sausage, sliced ham, meatballs, bacon, spinach, olives, anchovies and so on—as an 18” round, or 12” personal pie with regular or whole-wheat crust.

But what makes Pizza Italia really stand out is what you can’t see. Behind the scenes, Anthony and Giuseppe prepare an extensive menu of restaurant quality meals. The price and the setting may be casual, but the execution is fresh and made to order using the finest ingredients. It takes a little longer, but guests will find that it’s worth it. For example, The Gotz Panini begins with a chicken breast that isn’t grilled until the order is in place, then lightly charred, until juicy and layered with broccoli rabe, fresh mozzarella from a local supplier and housemade garlic aioli on a toasty-crispy roll. Heroes are substantial too—potato and egg, meatball, peppers and egg, and a choice of parmigiana—veal, eggplant, chicken or shrimp.

But for the full restaurant experience—whether in the restaurant, your office, or home—we recommend you begin with the baked clams. Based on Giuseppe’s grandfather’s recipe and passed down by his father, Giuseppe prepares them with just a touch of seasoned breadcrumbs so the flavor of the sweet, fresh tender littleneck clams shines. Housemade soups such as Tortellini en Brodo, Pasta Fagiolli and an outstanding Minestrone are also a great beginning.

Then, it’s on to the pasta dishes, all prepared a la minute. Some favorites include Spaghetti Carbonara with peas and Italian bacon, Homemade Gnocchi Sorrentino, made in house daily and served with tomato, fresh basil and prosciutto, and Cavatelli Godfather, red sauce, broccoli rabe, sausage and shrimp, as well as Seafood Fra Diavolo, clams, shrimp, calamari and scallops with spicy marinara served over linguini. Pasta dishes can also be customized—with the addition of chicken or shrimp, or whole-wheat penne. There are also baked pastas such as a classic Lasagna layered with meat sauce, ricotta and fresh mozzarella and a selection of risotto—the Classic, Arborio rice prepared with shallots, white wine and butter, 17th Street, with chicken and mushrooms, and Seafood, with shrimp, clams, and calamari.

For the main course, favorites include Shrimp Francese, parmesan-crusted and sauteed with lemon-butter sauce, Chicken Bellamore, grilled chicken with prosciutto, roasted peppers and mozzarella, and Sausage and Peppers Parmigiana. Beer and wine selections are coming soon. For now, there’s a selection of Pellegrino Italian sodas—or you can create your own pairing in the comfort of your home.

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Pizza Italia Menu


Cheese Pie 18”

(8 slices)


Personal Cheese 12”

(8 slices)



(8 slices)


Whole Wheat Bar Pie 12”

(6 slices)


Regular Slice


Sicilian Slice



XXXPepperoni – Onions – Broccoli – XXXItalian Sausage – Extra Cheese – Tomatoes – Sliced Ham – XXMeatball – Anchovies – Olives – Mushrooms – Prosciutto – Peppers – Crumbled Bacon – Spinach – Eggplant – Garlic

Slice Toppings

$0.75 each

Personal 12” Toppings:

1 Topping…$1.50 2 Toppings…$3.00 3 Toppings…$4.00

Regular 18” & Sicilian Toppings:

1 Topping…$3.00 2 Toppings…$6.00 3 Toppings…$8.00

Gourmet Pizza

Grandma (Round or Square)

Slice $3.25 …. Personal $8.25 …. 18" $21.00

Chicken & Tomato

Slice $4.00 …. Personal $11.50 …. 18" $28.00

Vodka Sauce (Round or Square)

Slice $3.00 …. Personal $7.50 …. 18" $20.00

Buffalo Chicken

Slice $4.00 …. Personal $11.50 …. 18" $28.00


Slice $3.00 …. Personal $7.50 …. 18" $23.00

White Pie

Slice $3.00 …. Personal $8.75 .XXXXXXXXXXX… 18" $24.00

Chicken & Broccoli

Slice $4.00 …. Personal $11.50 …. 18" $28.00

Margherita Pizza

Slice $3.75 …. Personal $9.00 …. 18" $26.00

Broccoli Rabe & Sausage

Slice $4.00 …. Personal $10.50 …. 18" $25.00

Mesculin Salad Pie

Slice $3.50 …. Personal NA …. 18" $23.00

Spinach & Ricotta

Slice $3.50 …. Personal $9.00 …. 18" $22.00

Eggplant & Ricotta

Slice $4.00 …. Personal $9.50 …. 18" $24.00

Pizza Italia Special

Slice NA …. Personal $11.50 …. 18" $28.00


Slice $3.75 …. Personal $9.00 …. 18" $26.00

Fresh Tomato

Slice $3.50 …. Personal $8.75 …. 18" $24.00

Chicken & Ricotta

Slice $4.00 …. Personal $11.50 …. 18" $28.00

Chicken Bacon Ranch

Slice $4.00 …. Personal $11.50 …. 18" $28.00

Chicken Marsala

Slice $1.00 …. Personal NA …. 18" $28.00


Add Grilled Chicken For $3.00, Add Shrimp $1.50 each

Tossed Salad


Greek Salad

Small $6.75 …Large $7.25

Cold Antipasto

Small $8.50 …Large $9.50

Tomato & Fresh Mozzarella

Small $9.50 …Large $10.50

Caesar Salad

Small $7.50 …Large $8.25

Mesculin Salad

Small $8.75 …Large $9.75

Homemade Soups

Tortellini En Brodo


Pasta Fagioli




Minestrone X


Soup Of The Day X


Calzones, Rolls, etc.

Cheese Calzone

Any additional item Add $2.00


Pepperoni Pinwheel


Rice Ball


Garlic Knots(6)


Spinach Roll


Chicken Roll


Stromboli Roll


Sausage Roll





Fried Calamari


Mozzarella Sticks (6)


Stuffed Mushrooms (5)


Shrimp Cocktail (6)


Garlic Bread

with mozzarella $5.95



(red or white)


Eggplant Rollatini (2)


Hot Antipasto

(Clams, Eggplant Rollatine, Shrimp & Stuffed Mushroom)


Pasta Dishes

Add Chicken for $3.00 Add Shrimp $1.50 each Add Whole Wheat Penne for $2.00

Penne With Broccoli

Penne pasta with sauteed broccoli, garlic & oil & grated cheese


Linguini Garlic & Oil

Imported extra virgin olive oil, garlic, parsley & grated cheese


Rigatoni Vodka

Our signature vodka sauce has prosciutto in a creamy pink sauce


Tortellini Alfredo

A velvety cream sauce, rich in taste with grated cheese


Pasta Primavera

Fresh assorted vegetables , sauteed in garlic & oil in a white wine sauce


Penne with chicken & Broccoli

Pan seared chicken strips with sautéed broccoli in a white wine butter sauce


Ravoli Vodka

Six raviolis topped with our signature vodka sauce


Spaghetti Carbonara

Cream sauce with peas & Italian bacon tossed with spaghetti


Pasta With Meatsauce

Crumbled chop meat sautéed with onion & garlic with tomato sauce


Linguini Clam Sauce (Red or White)

Ocean fresh clams chopped sautéed with olive oil & garlic topped little neck whole clams with marinara for (red) white wine for (white)


Pasta with Marinara

An authentic recipe consisting of crushed plum tomatoes & Italian spices


Penne Bolognese

Carrots, peas, mushrooms & ground beef in a cream pink sauce


Rigatoni Alla Mamma

Strips of chicken, mushroom & sun dried tomatoes in a light pink sauce


Homemade Gnocchi Sorrentino

Daily made gnocchi with tomato, fresh basil & prosciutto


Rigatoni Alla Bella Vita

Sausage, mushroom, fresh basil mixed with ricotta


Penne Paisano

Black olives, mushrooms & artichoke


Rigatoni Alla Capri

Sausage, peppers, mushrooms with brandy in a chunk tomato sauce


Linguini Pescatore

Sauteed clams, mussels, scallops, shrimp & calamari with garlic in a marinara sauce


Tortellini Alla Nonna

Cheese filled tortellini with peas, chunks of tomato in a cream sauce


Seafood Fra Diavolo over Linguini

Clams, shrimps, calamari, scallops in a spicy marinara sauce


Fettuccini Alla Funghi

Sauteed mushrooms, plum tomatoes in a brandy sauce


Cavatelli Pesto

Cavatelli pasta Tossed with our “pesto di basilico” sauce in garlic & olive oil


Fettuccini Alla Panna

Sauteed shallots, peas & prosciutto in a cream sauce


Cavatelli Godfather

Sauteed broccoli rabe with sausage & shrimp in a light marinara sauce


Panini’s & Wraps

Ask About Our Whole Wheat Wraps

Italia Panini

Prociutto di parma, arugula , thin sliced breaded eggplant, homemade fresh mozzarella & extra virgin olive oil


Meatpacking Panini

Ham, Salami, Prosciutto & Fresh Mozzarella topped with our homemade spicy mayo


The GoTz Panini

Grilled Chicken with Broccoli Rabe, Fresh Mozzarella & Homemade Garlic Aioli Spread


Uncle T Panini

Italian Sausage & Peppers, Caramelized Onions with Fresh Mozzarella


Veggie Panini

Roasted red peppers, Zucchini, Eggplant, Mushrooms, Fresh Mozzarella topped with Extra virgin olive oil


Caesar Wrap

Grilled Chicken, Crisp Romaine Lettuce, Shaved Parmigiana cheese & our Caesar dressing


Greek Wrap

Grilled Chicken, Lettuce, Tomato, Olives, Cucumber & Crumbled Feta cheese


Joeys Wrap

Grilled Chicken, Grilled Shrimp, Lettuce, Roasted Peppers, mushrooms & Mozzarella


Sorisi Wrap

Salami, Ham, Pepperoni, Mozzarella, Lettuce, Tomato & Onion


Baked Dishes



Baked Ziti




Stuffed Shells


Baked Ravioli



Classic Risotto

Arborio rice, shallots, with white wine & butter


17st Risotto

Arborio rice, chicken, mushrooms, shallots, white wine & butter


Seafood Risotto

Arborio rice, Shrimp, Clams, Calamari, shallots white wine & butter



Meatballs (2)


Sausage (3)


Sauteed Spinach Or Broccoli


Sauteed Broccoli Rabe


Pasta with Tomato Sauce



All entrees come with your choice of pasta or salad Add Baked Ziti for $1.00 Add Whole Wheat Penne for $2.00

Veal Parmigiana


Chicken Cutlet Parmigiana


Eggplant Parmigiana


Sausage & Peppers Parmigiana


Shrimp Parmigiana


Chicken Marsala

Chicken with mushrooms sauteed in a brown marsala sauce.


Shrimp Scampi

Pan seared shrimp in a lemon, white wine butter sauce.


Chicken Piccata

Chicken breasts sauteed with capers and lemon butter.


Shrimp Marinara

Shrimp in our homemade marinara sauce.


Sausage & Peppers

Shrimp in our homemade marinara sauce.


Chicken Francese

Parmesan-crusted chicken breasts, sautéed, served with lemon butter sauce.


Shrimp Francese

Parmesan-crusted shrimp, sautéed, served with lemon butter sauce.


Chicken Sorrentino

Medallions of chicken layered with sliced prosciutto, battered eggplant and mozzarella.


Chicken Bellamore

Grilled chicken with prosciutto roasted peppers and mozzarella.


Hot Heros

Add Extra cheese to any hero for $1.50

Potato & Egg




Meatball Parmigiana


Chicken Parmigiana


Eggplant Parmigiana


Veal Parmigiana


Shrimp Parmigiana


Sausage & Peppers


Peppers & Egg


Cheese Steak




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