Posted by: Orlick | April 3, 2008

Patsy’s – don’t say “pizzeria” – News Update

Newsday Article – 4/03
NY Post Article – 4/02

More developments in the case of two Patsy’s….
It was a gentleman’s agreement to lay off each other when Sal Scognamillo, son of Patsy Scognamillo of Patsy’s Restaurant in the Theater District called Patsy Lancieri of the East Harlem Patsy’s Pizzeria after prompted by a letter from Lancieri asking them to stop using his name.
In the phone conversation, Lancieri said: “I think we could get along. I will not bother you anymore,”

Everything was fine until Patsy’s pizza started selling their name in 1991 – thanks to Lancieri’s widow AND Frank Brija for being first the john, then the pimp.

I say stop feeding off someone else’s good name. I say make your own pizza your way and become great through that. I say the two chiropractors seem should have just bought a dunkin donuts or little caesars.

Are the 56th street Patsy’s people mad because this location is not up to par and is giving them a bad name? Quite possibly – and deservingly so. I am mad because this Syosset patsy is giving Long Island a bad name by associating us with sub-standard, mock food. You can read my original review of Patsy’s here, pleading to live up to their reputation.

Here’s something interesting, there is no mention of the East Harlem original location on the Patsy’s website. What’s up?

LI patsys
greenwich patsys

East Harlem Location Yelp Reviews
Make your own
Frank’s Favorite Slice
First post at Jeffrey Tastes



  1. Can you honestly tell me you knew the difference between Patsys RESTAURANT and the PIZZERIAS??? Do you know the restaurant does NOT sell Pizza? Do you know the pizza place has a limited menu throughout the city?

    Do you know that PATSYS RESTAURANT got celebs because they thought it was related to the pizza place in the first place?

    MOST people are so full of baloney that they ever knew the difference. They know NOW.

    But most people never even understood WHY the restaurant didnt sell pizza… some thought that it was actually to distinguish between the clientelle. And it sort of was…but they are NOT the same place.

    I think it is ridiculous that this is wasting tax dollars in a court room. They bought the name from the harlem place? Great. Tell them fine you bought that FRANCHISE (your argument by the way of make your own name is retarded. MCDONALDS ANYONE??) you are restricted to a limited menu. THE END. What is the problem here?

    PATSYS NY own atty did the dumbest thing by comparing DOMINOS menu to Patsys LI. Get the PATSYS PIZZERIA menu… if they serve ZITI and they do…then LI can too..etc….etc….etc.

    And if the owners of PATSYS LI dont like that, perhaps they should have purchased a different name.

    This whole thing just wasted time and money that this state cannot handle. So dumb


    Contact: Clark Pena, Communications Director
    Tel: 212-410-1263
    Cell: 646-713-3187

    A Landmark East Harlem Institution Celebrates its 75th Anniversary
    Patsy’s 75 years and counting!

    Grilled 12 ounce New York cut steak, 90 cents? Grilled Salmon filet served with fresh lemon, 90 cents? Original coal oven pizza, 60 cents? Soda, ice tea, bottled water, 10 cents? Yes, unbelievable but true. Patsy’s Restaurant a landmark East Harlem institution will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary by rolling back to the 1930s.

    Patsy’s first opened its New York City location at 2287-91 1st Avenue in 1933, having been the dream of a pair of Italian Immigrant newlyweds, Patsy and Carmella Lancieri. Patsy’s established itself as a family style” old fashion type” neighborhood restaurant immediately. Positioning itself in the neighborhood, Patsy’s catered to the growing population of Italian immigrants who longed for the cuisine of their fatherland in a casual family style atmosphere.

    As a result, almost immediately, Patsy’s atmosphere, style and cuisine began attracting many popular famous personalities. Actors and singers such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin and others became regulars. Famous New York Yankees, Phil Rizzutto, Joe Dimaggio and Yogi Berra made it a convenient stop. Elected Officials to include Rudy Guliani, Mike Bloomberg, Spiro Agnew and others visited after a day of vigorous campaigning.

    Patsy’s will be celebrating this momentous occasion by rolling back all its prices on its menu. Proclamations will be presented by the office of, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Congress Member Charlie Rangel, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito among others. We will enjoy music, food and yes, the traditional cutting of the cake. Happy Birthday Patsy’s!

    Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2008
    Time: Press Conference begins at 11:30 AM
    Event begins at 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
    Location: 2287 First Avenue, New York
    (117 – 118 Street 1st Avenue)

    # # #

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: