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Funzi’s Pizzeria Transports Guests Back to Grandma’s House

Ken Cox created the New York restaurant as "an ode to the East Village in the 1970s and 1980s," but also to his grandmother.

A new slice operation in New York is the kind of place owner Ken Cox’s grandmother would love. After all, she inspired it.

Funzi’s Pizzeria opened on June 28 at 36 St. Mark’s Place between Second and Third Avenue. Cox is a restaurant veteran who has launched and grown a number of restaurant brands in his career, according to his website. One of them was 800 Degrees Pizza, now with locations in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, Denver, Seattle, Miami, Philadelphia and London, England.

According to EV Grieve, a website covering New York’s East Village, Funzi’s Pizzeria is named after Cox’s youngest son. But the restaurant’s design has a much older provenance. Cox told EV Grieve that he created the restaurant as “an ode to the East Village in the 1970s and 1980s.”

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More specifically, he said, “This is my grandmother’s house—I tried to rebuild it.”

His culinary team, meanwhile, has quite the pedigree, too, including alums of L’Industrie, Pasquale Jones and Baby Luc’s.

Scott Wiener of Scott’s Pizza Tours gave Funzi’s a try and, in a June 29 post on Instagram, described it as a “cool new spot,” noting that the restaurant offers “very good pizza by the slice served in a place that’s tuned to 1985.”