Back in July, I reported that the owners of SOUTH were planning to open n.y. & c. in the former Santa Monica home of Toi. On October 8, partners Adam Milstein, Chris Shanley, Philip Boyd and Robyn Landrum debut their two-sided pizzeria, pitting New York vs. Chicago for pizza supremacy.
Shanley’s family is originally from Staten Island and Milstein’s family comes from Chicago. “Everyone from New York says their pizza is the best,” says Milstein. “Everyone from Chicago says their pizza the best. So we decided to take a place, split it down the middle, and give people the best of both worlds.” With that in mind, Chef Tim Gaffny will prepare a dual menu.
To bake the pizza, he’s using a Baker’s Pride gas oven, which Shanley described as “the beast of all beasts.” A 20-inch, thin-crust New York pizza runs $20, but you can also find pizzas by the slice for $3, plus specialty pies like The Empire State ($26), loaded with sausage, pepperoni, meatballs, salami and extra cheese. A 12-inch deep-dish Chicago pizza costs $20, and city-themed specialty pies include The Navy Pier ($22), crammed with green peppers, tomatoes, and green peppers.
If pizza isn’t your thing, expect options like Buffalo wings ($9), cold sub sandwiches, salads and city-specific hot subs, plus New York calzones ($10) and Chi Town Stromboli ($10).
The duality even applies to the decor. On the east side of the restaurant, you’ll find tables lined with New York newspapers, and the walls sport framed Yankees jerseys, Manhattan street signs and Broadway Playbills.
The west side of the room is all about Chicago, including Cubs and White Sox jerseys and framed photos of Chicago buildings. No matter where you sit, you’ll find black and grey leather booths. The walls are lined with six flat screen TVs that will feature plenty of sports. There’s a jukebox in back and a vintage sit-down video game up front: Ms. Pac Man/Galaga.
To drink, they have 14 beers on tap and 9 wines by the glass.