The entire pizza community is saddened. A legendary New York, pizzeria, caught fire, and sustained major damage.
Totonno's, located on Coney Island is one of the few pizza establishments that makes it's pizza in a coal fired oven. Unfortunately, the fire may have started in the oven.
Ed Levine, noted pizza expert, was right on this story. Read Ed's post.
According to the New York Daily News: the "blaze at Totonno's - which some foodies say serves the best pies in the city - broke out at 9:30 a.m. and spread to the roof, causing extensive damage, officials and witnesses said.
No one was injured, but fans bemoaned the temporary loss of a culinary institution."
Read the enitre story on this page: http://tiny.cc/Xoz4t
Totonno's has been in continuous operation since 1924, making it one of the oldest pizzerias in the country.
The pizza at Totonno's is incredible. Legend of pizza, Evelyn Sloman, learned to make pizza there. She credits Totonno's (and Lombardi's) with teaching her about great pizza.
You can listen to part of Sloman's interview, here: http://legendsofpizza.com/evelynsloman.html
Here are some comments I have received about Totonno's.
From New York Chuck: ""If you've never eaten the brick oven pizza at Totonno, you've never eaten pizza. It's been in Coney Island for years and it's never even had a sign on the place."
Baron says: "This pizza has a medium-thin crust, fluffy inside NOT DOUGH LIKE/slimy or supercrispy, with very paste-like sauce, and fresh, local, mozzarella, very thinlyapplied as to have a slightly grainy texture...NICE!"
Thankfully, there are plans to re-build Totonno's as soon as possible.
Adam Kuban of Slice, created a wonderful slide show about Totonno's, here.
We are hopeful Totonno's gets back in business, soon.