Another day, another iconic Brooklyn pizza joint has announced it’s shutting its doors for good.
Sal’s Pizza Store, a mainstay in Carroll Gardens for more than 50 years, will be closing on Sunday. According to a note on the restaurant’s door, the owners say they are “deeply saddened to inform all our loyal customers” that it was closing and thanked the neighborhood for its support after all of these years.
Sal’s, and its restaurant next door Mama Maria’s, is run by John Esposito, whose parents Sal and Maria owned the restaurant since 1970. In 2012, Mama Maria’s was actually featured on Gordon Ramsey’s old show “Kitchen Nightmares,” which gave the restaurant a makeover.
John said the negative feedback he received from Ramsay was a “tough pill to swallow,” but that enjoyed the experience. Mama Maria’s has already closed and is becoming a doctor’s office, according to one fan that stopped by this week.
For its final few days, the restaurant is taking cash only and its website has been disabled. The news marks the second closure of a Brooklyn beloved fixture this week: On Saturday Lenny’s Pizzeria in Bensonhurst, famous for its cameo in “Saturday Night Fever” served up its last slice.