It’s been over two years since wildly popular Greenpoint pizzaiolo Paulie Giannone– better known as Paulie Gee— announced that he was planning to open a slice joint. After some fussjng from neighbors and the usual delays, there was no sign of its opening– except, of course, for the barrage of taunting Instagram shots showing some delicious-looking experiments with vegan thin-crust slices, baguette sandwiches, pan pizza squares, “OG” grandma slices, Sicilian slices, and, of course, the classic “NYC-style” slice. Now, the time has finally come. Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop has announced a grand opening of Aug. 29.
When we spoke to Paulie Gee about this last year, he was hoping to open that summer, though he told us the landlord of 110 Franklin Street had “run into construction issues.” Now he promises “construction snafus are behind us,” and it’s clear from photos that the ’60s-style interior is ready for greasy fingerprints. Look around and you’ll see throwback menu boards (one of them a gift from Scarr’s Pizza on the LES), basement-style wood paneling, a circa-1968 Coke machine, and a horseshoe and halter from prize thoroughbred The Pizza Man.
So what’ll be coming out of the Bakers Pride ovens? An early menu lists cheese, pepperoni, sausage, and white slices as well as Paulie Gee’s signatures such as the Hellboy (soppressata and hot honey) and the Freddy Prince (an upside-down square with sesame seed crust). For dessert: lemon ice and spumoni.
Obviously, Greenpointers are already celebrating the news. Between this and the opening of a Di Fara outpost in Williamsburg’s North 3rd Street Market, North Brooklyn’s sliceheads are living on cheesy street.