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Pizzeria to Move to Skillman Ave, Owner Also Plans to Open Gelato Shop


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March 25, 2015 By Christian Murray

The owner of a 49th Street pizzeria is moving his operation to Skillman Avenue and is separately opening a gelato/ice cream shop.

Uncle Jimmy’s Pizzeria, which is currently located at 41-10 49th Street, is moving in about three weeks to 50-12 Skillman Ave. The new space had been Rosario’s for many years and it operated as La Bella for about a year.

“I decided to move to the new place since there is more room for customers to sit down and enjoy their food,” said Jimmy Canarozzi, a life-long Sunnyside Gardens resident, who opened the 49th Street pizzeria in October 2013.

“People come in with their kids and there is nowhere for them to sit,” Canarozzi said. “I want people to feel comfortable.”

The new space is 850 square feet, as opposed to the existing location that is 500 square feet. Currently, the pizzeria has just six stools.

Canarozzi plans on naming his new space Uncle Jimmy’s on Skillman.

Meanwhile, Canarozzi plans to convert his existing 49th Street location into a gelato shop, which he plans to call Uncle Jimmy’s Sweet Spot.

He plans to offer Italian ices, ice cream, milk shakes and soda floats. He would like to open that establishment in about three weeks, although he said it will be tough since he has to buy equipment and is also juggling the pizzeria relocation.

Canarozzi said that owning to two businesses in the area is special. “I’m a neighborhood kind of a guy.”

Jimmy Canarozzi at 2013 opening

Jimmy Canarozzi at 2013 opening

Previous Coverage: New pizzeria to open on 49th Street

Pizzeria opens on Skillman Ave taking Rosario’s location

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Glad he’s a neighborhood guy but I have to honestly say, worst pizza in the neighborhood. Dollar slices anywhere do a better pizza. Prices also are way too high for this subpar pizza. Please change something, the recipe, the dough, the cooking technique?


Ironic that Uncle Jimmy thinks he needs more room for customers. I stood outside eating my first slice while employees and owners friends took up the entire inside hanging out. Servers are arrogant and rude. They think they are doing you a favor.

Their pizza is too sweet and more expensive per slice than anything on or near qns blvd. I won’t be eating there anytime soon.


The more things change, the more they stay the same. Good luck with your location. If the Pizza’s good, they will come.

Silent majority

Wow no negative comments that def has to be a first. A good old fashioned soda shop. I echo Hanks comment, would love it to be something like Eddy’s sweet shop in Woodhaven.

hank havlicek

first of all uncle jimmy makes a good slice and chicken parm sandwich. also important: he’s a real throwback to the old sunnyside i remember as a child. this is a big risk he’s taking and i hope our neighborhood supports him and his 2 businesses. there is a good chance now to recreate the great old rosario’s experience. that place used to be the epicenter of this community. now my kids love the riddle of the day and they try to stump me with it on our walks to school in the morning. that is the kind of wholesome good stuff that stays with you forever. i maybe asking too much but hopefully the new place has room for a good juke box and they can load it up with 70’s and 80’s classics.

Patricia Dorfman

great pizza, great garlic knots, great jimmy canarozzi and what a nice staff he has, too


There used to be lots of soda fountains in the neighborhood where you could sit down to buy an ice cream soda or a sundae. This would be wonderful!


Very happy that the Uncle Jimmy’s crew is moving to new digs, and excited to have an ice cream shop close by. The pizza isn’t my favorite, but everyone who works there is great and I am happy to see them being successful.


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