When I lived in Manhattan, the late-night pizza run was a near-sacred pilgrimage. Arlington residents looking to experience this New York tradition can now make a midnight pit stop at Bronx Pizza and Subs, which fired up its ovens in late August.
The self-proclaimed “Best Piece You Ever Had” is the brainchild of Michael Cordero, a Bronx native. When he was 13, he began working at a pizzeria called Italian Delight, which was just a home run away from Yankee Stadium.
Both places inspired him.
“I sleep, eat and breathe pizza and baseball,” says the 53-year-old Arlingtonian restaurateur, who owns several area eateries, including Primetime Sports Bar & Grille in Fairfax and AguaViva in Alexandria. Long before he committed to the restaurant business, Cordero played centerfield in 1978-79 for an international-league team associated with the Seattle Mariners.
Cordero created the recipes for the pizzeria, with input from his partner in this venture, Jeffrey Smith, 27, of Centreville. The main attraction is the cheese pizza (jumbo slice, $2.75; 16-inch pie, $14.95; 20-inch, $17.95). Crackly at the edges, the crust is soft enough at the center that you can fold it in half for NYC-style consumption.