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Pizzeria Opens at 40th Street Station

Anthony Rao and Mike Caspare, two Italian-Americans from Brooklyn, opened “Sunnyside Pizzeria” last week and were celebrating with customers yesterday by offering champagne.

“I’ve been making pizza since I was 12-years-old,” Rao said, who made pizza at his father’s store on Kings Highway in Brooklyn. “I was raised with it.”

The pizzeria, located next to the 40th Street No. 7 subway stop, offers $2:00 slices, a pie for $12.00 and a Sicilian pie for $16.00. The shop also delivers (718-433-4040).

Caspare doesn’t have Rao’s pizza pedigree. “I’m the capital behind the operation,” he said, adding that he was drawn to the venture because he likes Sunnyside, believes there is a need for quality pizza shops–and “then the subway location.”

Rao and Caspare are long-time friends and their family members were at the shop on Sunday joining in the festivities.

Mary, a resident on 40th Street who didn’t want to disclose her last name, ordered a slice and said: “It’s about time a good Italian pizza store opened near me. “

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The pizza here is so delicious. I love the tangy sauce and the sesame crust. The grandma slice is delicious and fresh. I like the guys that run the place too. They are always friendly. It’s great to have a real pizza place in Sunnyside.


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