For perhaps the entire life of Lanza’s, all its customers passed under a turn of the century ad for PN Corsets. The sign was there in 1993 when Woody Allen used Lanza’s for a restaurant scene in Manhattan Murder Mystery. In 2015 we featured the PN ad, painted on the adjoining building, in a collection of neighborhood ghost signs.
Lanza’s is just the latest iconic restaurant to leave the block. A few doors north was De Robertis Caffé, which closed in 2014. Its neon ghost sign, a little worse for wear, remains over Black Seed Bagels. Customers of Joe & Pat’s pizzeria, the incoming tenant in the Lanza’s space, will be spared the question once posed by the painted-over ad: “You want a good corset?”