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Title: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: JIF on April 16, 2013, 10:14:17 AM
The lights are there... (and very occasionally on)... but nobody's home.

Does anyone know why the Famous Famiglia Pizza place in the 74th Street/Roosevelt subway has been in the dark for over a year now?
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: dssjh on April 16, 2013, 01:18:12 PM
perhaps they can't find a place nearby to stock up on DiGiorno?

Seriously, that chain has to be the worst pizza i've had in new york city.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: Jeffsayyes on April 16, 2013, 02:01:57 PM
unfortunately, it will be the most popular pizza in the area.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: joopy86 on April 16, 2013, 03:34:56 PM
I've  been waiting for it to open for a while - NOT because of the food, but because I was curious to see if it'd impact the appearance of the block in any way and give it a different "vibe" if it were managed well.  It commands a substantially bigger retail area than any other space nearby on Roosevelt and if were commercially brightly lit and kept spotless could change the appearance of the train station quite dramatically.  But of course, I also recognize that it could go terribly wrong with inept management and make everything even worse - nothing is more of a depressing eyesore than a dingy looking fast food place.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: Jeffsayyes on April 16, 2013, 04:28:16 PM
famous famiglia is no sbarros
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: dssjh on April 16, 2013, 07:58:58 PM
i'd MUCH rather have one of those cookie cutter KFC/Nathan's/Tim Horton's combos than this. if all we need is "clean," i'll take a carefully managed, privatized bathroom franchise. 48 stalls, no waiting.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: joopy86 on April 16, 2013, 10:28:37 PM
if all we need is "clean," i'll take a carefully managed, privatized bathroom franchise. 48 stalls, no waiting.

Well, there literally is not a single corner of NYC that wouldn't benefit greatly from that! As I said, I just think that it's such a huge retail space that's been vacant for so long that I'm curious to see what it'll look like in action.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: dssjh on April 16, 2013, 10:36:21 PM
:)

i definitely would like to see vibrant retail in that space. i've been living here 17 years and visiting for a decade longer, and it's been blah the whole time. i just wish it was someplace that offered something i might like -- and not someplace that will likely push out a competitor with a superior product (pizza don)
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: mrleefromny on April 28, 2013, 11:11:42 PM
As joopy86 said, I'm excited for Famiglia to open not for the food, but so that there is a retailer in the space.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: jessicaramos on July 17, 2013, 02:37:05 PM
On my way to work today, I got to peek inside the locale. The counter is up (green mosaic tile), the ceiling painted and floors done. Workers were cleaning the first floor. I regret not having snapped a quick photo!
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: dssjh on July 17, 2013, 04:00:56 PM
saw that as well. it will be nice to have something open in that space -- as long as it doesn't displace the far superior mexican carts operating outside. famous famiglia is on a par with domino's/one cut below papa john's on the pizza scale.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: JIF on July 30, 2013, 02:51:27 PM
News!

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130730/jackson-heights/famous-famiglia-nears-completion-jackson-heights-transit-hub-mta-says
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: dssjh on July 30, 2013, 03:08:13 PM
"We don't think there are enough pizza places in the area...."

Guess he's not counting the place two doors away....or the one 200 yards away on 74th .... or.....
 
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: daisy on July 30, 2013, 11:05:27 PM
We do have plenty of bad pizza, lol.  A few that are decent.  Not sure if this one will be any better than the others, and I do hope they keep the place clean.  I'd love to see a full on brick oven pizza restaurant open in the area (not in that space but on 37th or Northern), or another Italian restaurant (not take-out).  But regardless, I'm glad to see the place finally open.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: dssjh on July 31, 2013, 08:48:18 AM
the chain is on par with pizza hut/dominos et al. it's likely to be the worst, and as jeff posited, the most popular in the area.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: pynchoff on July 31, 2013, 09:08:42 PM
Don't know if many are familiar with Trieste on Northern Blvd. just east of 73 street. It's owned by two brothers and has been in the neighborhood for years. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but it is pleasant enough on the inside and the food can be very good, a lot better than Armondo's in my opinion.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: dssjh on July 31, 2013, 09:54:40 PM
Much better in spots. I liked it better back in the early to mid 90a when they had more istrian stuff (like pasta in grappa ) but it is a very nice place to have a meal
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: JH3525 on October 10, 2013, 01:31:55 PM
They signed a lease in May 2011 and they're still haven't opened.  I looked in the window last night and still lots of work needs to be done before they can open.  Has work completely stopped?  I haven't seen any progress in the last six months or more.  I imagine they regret signing a lease and doing business with the City. 
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: I live here too on October 11, 2013, 11:42:21 AM
It's a pizza parlor in a transportation hub. No one is expecting fine Mediterranean  dining. It's a place to grab a slice on the way to Laguardia or to work.

I agree with those who are happy that's there's a retail presence her, a light on.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: Run2020 on October 11, 2013, 12:24:39 PM
They should open up a stage and a bar in there. Let all the fantastic worldly musicians that play in the subway play there while we can grab a beer and and get on the subway...what an ideal Subway Superstation that would be...Short Michael Jackson impersonator at 2pm, Andean fusion at 3 pm, Bhangra at 4pm....Jax Heights Bar and Pub at 74th and Roosey!
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: dssjh on October 11, 2013, 01:36:48 PM
having something in there is definitely a plus.

i'd prefer a pizza hut, though. the quality is several notches above famiglia.

It's a pizza parlor in a transportation hub. No one is expecting fine Mediterranean  dining. It's a place to grab a slice on the way to Laguardia or to work.

I agree with those who are happy that's there's a retail presence her, a light on.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: hfm on October 21, 2013, 07:23:54 PM
I'm definitely not going to complain.. if they were open really late or 24hr it would be a great presence.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: daisy on November 23, 2013, 05:40:31 PM
The paper came down finally and it looks like the pizza place is for real.  About time.  I wonder how long til it opens.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: JH3525 on November 30, 2013, 10:14:30 AM
I walked by last night and the brown paper is back up covering all the windows. 
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: daisy on November 30, 2013, 11:02:53 AM
lol  Sigh
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: dssjh on December 01, 2013, 12:12:59 AM
maybe they're waiting until they can get enough pies delivered for their grand opening.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: toque198 on December 02, 2013, 07:12:35 PM
They're going to do fine.  With the amount of traffic going through that transit complex and now the Q70 to the airport they don't really need return customers to turn a handsome profit.

On the brighter side, their presence will light up a rather dark corner of the neighborhood.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: JH3525 on December 08, 2013, 06:17:41 AM
I looked in last night at about 6 thru a small opening in the brown paper covering the windows.  The place is ready to open and it will be very soon.  Lots of employees were inside getting the place ready for its grand opening. 
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: JIF on December 08, 2013, 11:18:23 AM
Sign says opening MONDAY.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: Di_11372 on December 08, 2013, 09:03:34 PM
 The paper has been removed from the windows, they were in there setting up today.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: Chuckster on December 09, 2013, 10:15:27 AM
Attached is a photo from this morning, Monday, December 9th.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: StevenGrey on December 09, 2013, 10:51:12 AM
A sign in the window also states that they are donating ALL of today's proceeds to a fund at Elmhurst Hospital Center. A very nice gesture I think, and one that will probably induce me to order at least one slice on my way home tonight to give them a try.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: Lilybell on December 09, 2013, 01:38:15 PM
Wow, thanks for that info StevenGrey.  That's very neighborly of them. 
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: Shelby2 on December 09, 2013, 08:09:48 PM
http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20131209/jackson-heights/famous-famiglia-opening-at-roosevelt-ave-transit-hub-after-long-delay

(http://assets.dnainfo.com/generated/photo/2013/12/pizza-options-13866128234382.jpg/larger.jpg)
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: eddiestjohns on December 09, 2013, 09:01:21 PM
It looks nice and donating today's proceeds to the hospital is a very nice gesture.  Am I wrong in being concerned about ordering food  from this subway station since the tracks below are filled with rats?
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: Jeffsayyes on December 09, 2013, 10:25:25 PM
I dont think it's a huge deal about the subway being beneath them in regards to cleanliness. Maybe just the rattling would shake some pipes loose or something. I'd more worry about putting small businesses out of business and keeping people in crappy jobs. Also, I dont think your real estate value is going up because of it. well... Donald trump likes it...
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: Miss Chatelaine on December 09, 2013, 10:26:39 PM
Am I wrong in being concerned about ordering food  from this subway station since the tracks below are filled with rats?

It's at the street level on the corner of 75th Street, a good several stories above the subway tracks, and probably better situated in that regard than many places in Manhattan even.

Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: petster on December 09, 2013, 10:43:16 PM
I'd be more concerned about ordering from one of the places off of 74th street where rodents are rampant than I would about this pizza place on the ground level of the subway. While there are exceptions, most of these large chain places adhere strictly to dept. of health regulations .
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: Lilybell on December 10, 2013, 10:47:15 AM
NY1 did a really nice piece on the opening yeseterday.  The pizza looked a lot better than I expected (I've never eaten at one of these places) and they have 50 people working there.  jeff, I know you think they are crappy jobs, but they actually pay better than a lot of other food service positions and have high employee satisfaction numbers. 
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: hfm on December 13, 2013, 06:45:23 PM
It makes me smile to look at it. I'm all for it. I also hear they are open 24hr? That's a huge win as well.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: leoooog on December 13, 2013, 10:51:01 PM
Did Famiglia force out the taco carts?
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: jeanette on December 13, 2013, 11:16:35 PM
It makes me smile to look at it. I'm all for it. I also hear they are open 24hr? That's a huge win as well.
An FF employee told me they will be open 'til midnight M-F and 'til 2 on Sat/Sun.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: bellabella on December 14, 2013, 08:00:38 AM
They were packed when I was coming home yesterday. I don't know if I would try them. I find all Jackson Heights pizza to me Mehhh...
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: dssjh on December 14, 2013, 08:13:27 AM
Did Famiglia force out the taco carts?

they were trying to, and it looks like they've mostly succeeded. can't blame them. if someone is offering good food that's cheap and prepared with care and gusto right in front of your bland fast food joint, why would you allow them to operate within their legal rights?
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: Grabey on December 14, 2013, 03:08:01 PM
I wonder what they did to get the food trucks to move. I hope that they don't see too much of a drop in business. I've seen most of them across 75th St (on both sides of the street) so they're still around. But what about the coffee/donut cart that was there in the morning? Haven't seen that for a while.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: dssjh on December 14, 2013, 09:47:40 PM
also famous famiglia's doing: they are open for breakfast, so that cart would be competition as well.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: hfm on December 15, 2013, 01:38:08 PM
They were packed when I was coming home yesterday. I don't know if I would try them. I find all Jackson Heights pizza to me Mehhh...

Rocco's has good thin crust.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: dssjh on December 15, 2013, 07:05:26 PM
Louie's is excellent. the place in the walgreen's mall (forget the name) has good Sicilian. even Gianni is decent.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: divanatrix on December 15, 2013, 08:51:07 PM
I like Gianni's but they take SOO LONG to deliver. :-/
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: bellabella on December 18, 2013, 08:18:05 AM
Where is Rocco's? I don't like Brunos (in the waldbaums center) I don't think they have any flavor. I liked Rosa's better. Giannis is ok. I like the owner (very nice guy) but the pizza doesn't wow me. I have yet to tried Louie's, it is way too far for me. I have been making my own. I really miss Brooklyn Pizza.:(
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: jeanette on December 18, 2013, 09:09:15 AM
Where is Rocco's? I don't like Brunos (in the waldbaums center) I don't think they have any flavor. I liked Rosa's better. Giannis is ok. I like the owner (very nice guy) but the pizza doesn't wow me. I have yet to tried Louie's, it is way too far for me. I have been making my own. I really miss Brooklyn Pizza.:(
what about pizza sams?
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: gsmayes on December 18, 2013, 10:55:06 AM
do they have breakfast type stuff or just pizza in the morning?

and I stopped ordering from Gianni's because they take so long, plus it's expensive and nothing special.

I've been mostly ordering from Daro's Pizza and Chicken in Woodside because they're on seamless, cheap (large hawaiian for $12), decent and usually pretty quick for delivery.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: hfm on December 18, 2013, 07:21:52 PM
Where is Rocco's? I don't like Brunos (in the waldbaums center) I don't think they have any flavor. I liked Rosa's better. Giannis is ok. I like the owner (very nice guy) but the pizza doesn't wow me. I have yet to tried Louie's, it is way too far for me. I have been making my own. I really miss Brooklyn Pizza.:(

Rocco's is really in Astoria but they deliver to me, I definitely make sure I tip them well (at least $5) and not order $12 of stuff. It's a long haul for them to dip into the neighborhood but it's the best pizza that delivers by far, especially if you like thin crust. I'm talking the Brick Oven stuff, they also have regular crust as well I think. Don't expect them to keep delivering if you nickel and dime them..

https://goo.gl/maps/tSdU7 (https://goo.gl/maps/tSdU7)

http://www.roccosbrickovenpizzeria.net/ (http://www.roccosbrickovenpizzeria.net/)

EDIT: I get a little worried each time I call in that it might be the last.. :P


Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: abcdefghijk on March 09, 2019, 06:25:38 PM
Closed down?  The one in the Roosevelt Ave subway?

Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: dssjh on March 09, 2019, 06:38:33 PM
Closed down?  The one in the Roosevelt Ave subway?
looked that way earlier today, though no sign of tearing it apart inside. could be a DOH closure? sometimes owners sneak the stickers off the door while addressing violations
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: abcdefghijk on March 09, 2019, 06:39:39 PM
Marshall notice.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: JH3525 on March 09, 2019, 09:27:16 PM
Although its been many years, I do remember that two other well known names also were interested in this site but Famous Pizza made the best offer.  Two others were Starbuck's and Ottomanelli.  This is an ultra prime location that won't be vacant for very long.  It will be interesting to see who the next tenant is. 
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: Jhx on March 09, 2019, 10:10:14 PM
It will go to whoever pays the highest rent. 
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: Davey on March 10, 2019, 01:53:32 PM
The sign on the door at Famous Famaglia Saturday said it the property was closed by the city marshal. It was not a Department of Health closure, from what I could tell. 
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: am315 on March 11, 2019, 09:58:39 AM
If there's a sign from the marshal's office it's because they haven't paid the rent.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: dssjh on March 11, 2019, 10:35:43 AM
it's a pretty large chain. i don't know if it's franchised or all company-owned, but if it's the latter, it could be that they're simply walking away.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: JK resident on March 11, 2019, 10:41:43 AM
Hard to compete against Pizza Boy. Which has been around 40 years.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: Lilybell on March 11, 2019, 10:54:54 AM
dssjh, it's franchised.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: abcdefghijk on March 11, 2019, 11:51:52 AM
Well, pizza is certainly not lacking in this neighborhood.

I suppose there is such a thing as too much pizza.

I never ate pizza there but Famous Famiglia did light up an otherwise drab corner with its bright lights.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: deja on March 25, 2019, 03:55:42 PM
It might have done better if it was decent pizza.   Famiglia pizza is like wet cardboard with a little dull tomato sauce thrown over it.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: the80s on March 25, 2019, 04:50:46 PM
Although its been many years, I do remember that two other well known names also were interested in this site but Famous Pizza made the best offer.  Two others were Starbuck's and Ottomanelli.  This is an ultra prime location that won't be vacant for very long.  It will be interesting to see who the next tenant is.

Would love to see a local chain/mini-chain in there like Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee or Sac's instead of Starbucks. Ottamanelli also local of course but seems a strange fit for a subway station.

I would imagine the rent is pretty astronomical though, so probably more likely something bigger. Maybe another Caffe Bene. I could see Dunkin Donuts doing a brisk business there too; the one by the 61st St stop on the 7 is always packed.
Title: Re: Famous Famiglia Pizza
Post by: dssjh on March 25, 2019, 05:31:18 PM
a mini chain would be ideal. but there's already a dunkin across the street, so that's probably out.