The Staten Island Advance
announces that local favorite Goodfella's pizzeria
"earns title of 'world's best pizza,
'" which will rile advocates of Lombardi's
and Di Fara
. They may content themselves with the news that this honor was bestowed, not in Brooklyn or Little Italy, but in Las Vegas, at the 2009 International Pizza Expo
, an event featuring "World Pizza Games" (with such events as the "Largest Dough Stretch") and inspiring press releases with ledes such as "Papa Bello Enterprises, Inc. (Pink Sheets: PAPA) makes a franchising debut." Also, Goodfella's winning entry is a "Crustacean Sensation" featuring lobster, shrimp and crabmeat and "finished off by a blackberry brandy cream sauce." To be fair, Goodfella's had previously won the Vegas honors in 2007 with a more traditional "Smokin' Goodfella's" sausage-and-peppers pie (pictured), and is very well spoken of at Chowhound
More unfortunate pizza news comes from Coney Island, where the legendary Tontonno's was shuttered after a fire on Saturday. Owner Louise Ciminieri says that the famous brick oven has been water-damaged and must be rebricked. But she says she's done it before, and that Totonno's will re-open and "I promise you, it'll be the same exact pizza."