by Kate Berube
Daniel Goodrich/Town of Islip
The Pizzeria of Bayport has officially opened its doors. On hand for the January 20thceremonial ribbon cutting were Islip Town Councilwoman Mary Kate Mullenand Bayport Blue Point Chamber of Commerce President Carol Seitz-Cusack, who warmly welcomed the newest Chamber members to town. Speaking to the Pizzeria’s ownership team, which includes Cliff Weinstein, Paul Saccoccio, and Danny Saccoccio, as well as Carlos Delgado, Jacob Zwaik, and David Zwaik, Councilwoman Mullen wished them many years of success in their new location.
Before opening, the former site of Tony’s was given a makeover, expanding the ceiling to give the space a bright open feel and adding a mix of modern and nostalgic touches to the decor. The largest change was to the menu itself, where it is clear the emphasis is on fresh, high-quality ingredients and a new spin on classic favorites. Multiple customers present for the ribbon cutting raved about the buffalo garlic knots and specialty slices in particular.
One new edition to the establishment is a digital ticker that proudly keeps track of every pie sold, $.50 of which will be donated to a different locally based charity each month. All proceeds for the months of January and February will go to benefit the Nassau/Suffolk Autism Society of America, which directly aids local families impacted by Autism. “We feel it’s important to give back to the communities that we are fortunate enough to operate in,” explained Cliff Weinstein, “as all of you have been so supportive of us.”
Glancing above the pizza pie counter, a large neon sign loudly proclaims, “You Deserve Great Pizza!”and truly, who could argue with that?