Vinnie’s Pizzeria

Get This Heart Shaped Pizza On Pizza at Vinnie’s Pizzeria Today (6/21) for Charity!

Vinnie's Heart Shaped Pizza on Pizza
Vinnie’s Heart Shaped Pizza on Pizza, via Vinnie’s

Today, June 21st, both locations of Vinnie’s Pizzeria in Greenpoint (253 Nassau Ave) and Williamsburg  (148 Bedford Ave) will be making a special heart-shaped “pizza on pizza” slice for a cause that’s close to their, well, hearts. 100% of the proceeds from the heart pizza sold today will go to charities helping families separated at U.S. borders. Yesterday, after political pressure and anger from citizens across the country, Trump signed an order to keep families together by detaining them together after illegal border crossings. The charities they’re supporting are The Texas Civil Rights Project, The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, The Catholic Charities of Rio Grand Valley and The Kids in Need of Defense. And, a friend of theirs will match all the money Vinnie’s raises.

Stop by to get your special slice to support the cause! ❤️
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We’re Thankful for this Pizza-Themed Space Invader at Vinnie’s

Via Vinnie's on Instagram
Via Vinnie’s on Instagram

Judging by the consistent theme of pizza and Ninja Turtles in his work lately, legendary street artist Invader is hungry for freedom slices.

We’re happy to say that Greenpoint’s very own Vinnie’s Pizzeria put some happiness in his belly recently. But mostly happy that he rewarded them handsomely with a parting gift.

“Invader loves pizza. And apparently ours,” said Vinnie’s co-owner Henrik Toncic. “He and his crew stayed for lunch after completing the job. Chill down to earth Parisians. We feel very lucky. And proud. And it’s never gonna get old walking up to it.”

According to Toncic, Invader custom-made his pizza critter especially for Vinnie’s, matching it to their logo and everything.

As tempting as it is, though, to say that pizza (and pizza alone) brought them together, Toncic has been part of the street art community his entire life. A mutual friend, photographer Stephen Kelley, facilitated the fateful meeting.

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Abridged Greenpointer’s Father’s Day Gift Guide

Need some father’s day gift inspiration? There’s plenty of cool stuff to give right here in your own backyard!  Here’s a short list of ideas (which is admittedly in no way comprehensive, as there are so many more awesome small businesses here in north Brooklyn, so feel free to add to the list of ideas in the comments section).

1. Tacos, La Norteña / Vamos Al Tequila  2. Fine craft beers, Brouwerij Lane  3. Engraved biz card case, In God We Trust  4. Nice new comb, Chopin Chemists  5. Vintage VHS, The Thing  6. Slice of pizza, Vinnie’s / Franklin Pizza  7. Fine colognes, Old Hollywood  8. Coveralls, Pop’s Popular Clothing  9. Succulants (a.k.a. plants that require minimal care), Homecoming (formerly known as Spina)  10. Donut, Peter Pan  11. Delicious cheeses and Keta candy, Eastern District  12. Sweet shades, Alter  13. A funny old tshirt, People of 2Morrow  14. Fancy and rare spirits, Duke’s Liquor Box  15. Beach tote, M. Carter  16. Pour over coffee maker, Budin  17. A nice rosé, Dandelion Wine  18. Polish chocolates, Slodycze Wedel  19. A whole, fresh fish, Pura Vida Stand at McCarren Park Greenmarket  20. Stool for sitting and pondering, Bklyn Curated  21. Basketball, BQ Sports  22. Cool kicks, Wolves Within  23. Vintage vinyl, Permanent Records / Academy Records / Co-op 87 / Records Grouch  24. Portable bike pump and other biking accessories, Silk Road Cycles / B’s Bikes / Greenpoint Bikes  25. Bobbers and other fishing accessories, Dream Fishing Tackle  26. Polish sausages, smoked meats, and pickles, Nassau Meat Market / Mazur Meak Market (and so many more!)  27. A good book, like this one about the Pogues, Word. 

Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg

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Vinnie’s Pizzeria in Greenpoint

That’s right folks. The infamous Vinnie’s on Bedford has opened a second location in Greenpoint, around the corner from my house, on Nassau and Kingsland. You’ll find all the unique and familiar toppings you order at their original spot: bbq chicken, mac n cheese, vegan meat galore, black beans, olives and artichokes, the list goes on. Today I inhaled a bbq chicken with bacon bits with cheddar. It was pretty darn good except I wish the crust were bigger and softer.

I’m relieved knowing I no longer have to bereave the lack of appetizing pizza joints (I am also anticipating Paulie Gee’s). This also means the oncoming of hipster gentrification is inevitable. I’m not complaining, neither am I celebrating. But, I am relieved the restaurant scene on this side of the point is improving and it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing all types of organic, locally produced hipster friendly bistro joints on Nassau.

Vinnie’s has been open for almost two weeks now and are delivering to you Greenpointers on the northern end and beyond. Come get some.

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