January 10, 2006
( updated twice )
I haven't confirmed it officially but it is almost certain that Lento's Restaurant has closed.
I called their number repeatedly Monday, with no answers.
Walked down there Monday night, and for the second night in a row, it was shuttered. And in the window, a " For Rent " sign.
I can't possibly understand this. They were locally famous for their thin-crust pizza. Zagats spoke well of it. This restaurant, at the corner of Ovington and Third Avenues since 1933, still did good business as far as I can tell.
I stopped at the Village Fruit Market across the corner, and the man behind the counter tells me that Lento's closed on Saturday.
I'm not at all happy. I will try to go down to take a picture tomorrow or Wednesday. If I learn anything more, I will post it. If anyone else has information, please add a comment or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are loads of places in the neighborhood where we can still go for great pizza. But Lento's was a good, simple, place with with 72 years of history. With it closed, something has been lost.
See article from Tuesday's NY Daily News
See two articles in Slice NY