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Bronx Pizza Coming to Clarendon

by ARLnow.com February 3, 2011 at 10:18 am 7,371 57 Comments

Signs are now up in the windows, announcing that Bronx Pizza is coming to a small storefront at 3100 Clarendon Boulevard.

The New York-style pizza joint was supposedly hoping to open in December when the Washington Business Journal first reported on its existence. At this point, it appears that the store may open this summer.

Bronx Pizza is the brainchild of Caribbean Breeze owner Mike Cordero, who is channeling his Bronx roots to help amp up the restaurant’s authenticity.

“As many of you know, I grew up in the South Bronx, working at a Mom and Pop pizza shop and became quite the pizza maker through the years,” Cordero wrote to friends in December. “I am bringing that originality to VA.”

“Décor will be very NYC, think Babe Ruth, Micky Mantle with a touch of Sopranos,” Cordero added.

Operating in an area already chock full of pizza joints, Bronx Pizza hopes to win customers with its late night business. The store may stay open as late as 5:00 a.m.

  • JohnB


    But seriously, at least this guy gets it. Open late, yes please.

  • Josh

    Signs been up for awhile now… looking forward to see if it really tastes like a mom-and-pop-hole-in-the-wall NYC pizza… I can only hope.

  • JamesE

    When I think Bronx I think Caribbean Breeze

    My Nonna Lucia sends you her special thanks (from heaven)!!!!
    Now. think– CANNOLI and ESPRESSO TOO!

    • michael

      pete’s apizza will have cannoli and espresso (and pizza!)

  • Salvatore

    Just what I need! I’ll stop by and pick up a pie on the way to work at 4:30 a.m.

  • V Dizzle

    Sicilian slices, and I’m there. If not, Goody’s will be your competition.

    • Snookie

      Why don’t we hear more about Goody’s? How are the Cheese Steaks there?

      • V Dizzle

        Haven’t tried one, but the chicken parm is good, and way too much food (seriously like 3 lbs). Plus they are super nice, local, and open late.

      • dgiambarresi

        Cheese steaks are bangin. Chicken parm is bangin. Gryos – bangin. Goodys rocks and the owners are so awesome – nicest people in Arlington, potentially the world. They stay open as late as the crowd is around and then get back to it nice and early for the breakfast scene. Pretty much unheard of.

  • LyonSteve

    Can someone explain Caribbean Breeze to me?

    I’ve driven by there a few times on Fri/Sat evenings and have seen exotic sports cars parked on the sidewalk near the entrance as well as red-ropes. Is it some sort of high-end club?

    • JamesE

      They let me in so probably not. It was like any other club/bar. The inside is where all the horrible dancing takes place and the outside was a bar area. I have seen a yellow lambo parked out there a few times and a white c5 corvette.

    • Snookie

      It’s a restaurant that also has a bar that turns into a “scene” at night. The food is ok, typical Arlington high price for what you get. Good Carribean themed drinks. I would not call it a high end club by any means!

    • charlie

      the food used to be really good. haven’t been in some time. but they clearly prefer the party club scene. last time i was there for dinner the thumping music pushed us out. that was the last time i was there…

    • borf

      They have a nice brunch, with Carribean/Latin menu items.

    • Ballston

      “the breeze” turns into a late night spot that caters to people who think they are clubbing in Miami or New York

      its a very diverse bar scene, great for people watching especially on the dance floor.

    • V Dizzle

      Went in for a drink once. They were teaching salsa dancing on the dance floor. Seemsed pretty laid back. Has an outdoor area that even has corn-hole or whatever you call it.

  • Lacy Forest

    So Caribbean Breeze isn’t a chain? It certainly feels like a chain restaurant. I went there once back in the summer for dinner and was wholly unimpressed.

    • SD

      No, but many people seem to get it confused with Bahama Breeze which is a chain. The owner is the one who started Cafe Salsa in Old Town and a bunch of those Malibu Grill steak houses.

    • KalashniKEV

      Booooooo for chains!!! Only unique snowflake restaurants in our Communities!!! If you have a successful business model you best keep it to yo’self!

      • borf

        Yeah, as if a chain is automatically horrid and a snowflake is always good. People around here use “chain” like it’s something they can taste in the food. “The chicken was well-cooked, but heavy on the chain.”

        • KalashniKEV

          I know… if Circa and Vapiano are “chains” like McDonald’s, where are these people eating???

          • borf

            Just walk into Circa and say announce “this is a chain restaurant!” and whoever gags on their food all of a sudden, it’s them.

  • Me

    I hope the prices reflect the NY mom and pop store too. I hope there is friendly competition with Goody’s. Goody’s has great pizza and the family that own it is so friendly, I would hate to see it pushed out.

  • arlcyclist

    Sopranos is NJ. Just sayin’.

    • local

      Oh yeah? Wadda youze gonna do about it?

  • DT

    Anything that will help speed up the demise of Mario’s is a-ok in my book.

    • SD

      + 100000! I can’t believe people really like that cardboard fake cheese pizza.

      • V Dizzle

        Haha, as much as I feel I’m supposed to like it, the pizza is pretty bad. Haven’t tried the other menu items though. Might be good for greasy subs.

      • Kyle

        Not only does their pizza taste bad, they try to charge $60 to deliver because they’re the only place open late at night.

    • jan

      Long live Mario’s!

    • borf

      Mario’s is the BEST.

      • DT

        You misspelled worst.

        • borf

          No, best is spelled b, e…hey, wait, you tricked me!

        • SD

          He also misspelled barf.

    • Boom! Roasted

      Won’t defend the pizza, but the cheesesteaks are legit

      • South Arlington

        Their cheesesteaks are as legit as Steak-ums can be.

      • GoSteelers!

        First clue – cheesesteaks served with lettuce, tomato and mayo are not “legit”. It gets worse from there. I’d rather eat the pizza.

  • Southeast Ben

    I think it’s a chain if you look on their website. The owner is a really nice guy. I think they’re cofused with what they want to do or portray. Thursdays for happy hour were (maybe still are) awesome. They were one of the first to do cornhole at a bar in the area. Since then, it’s been widely adopted in the city and other areas. Cheap beer during this time too $3 Bud, Bud Light, and Tecates (22oz). Outside of Thursdays, I think they try way too hard to be a latin-infused dance club and get “high-rollers.” I’m sure the customers are mostly those who rent furnished apts, drive cars with rims, and have $0 in their 401Ks for the most part.

    • borf

      If you can’t tell whether it’s a chain or not, does it really matter?

  • Southeast Ben

    Guess it’s not a chain. For some reason I felt it was at one point in time. http://caribbeanbreezerestaurant.com/

  • Hattie McDaniel

    Wilson/Carendon Blvds. are now the pizza center of the universe.

    • Katie

      With all that pizza, I think you’ll have a lot more work on your hands tightening Miss Scarlet’s skirts, Hattie.

  • Westover

    I am still waiting for Pete’s Apizza to open, need that New Haven fix!

  • Chris

    If it delivers AND tastes good, then it will be a neighborhood gem. There are a few, but nothing really stands out.

  • Wow — between this, the new Pete’s coming in down the street, and this fall’s opening of Fireworks, there is going to be quite the pizza selection!

    • Snookie

      Not to mention Italian Store.

  • Ballstonian

    How about Jumbo Slice in Arlington. That would be better than just another pizza place. Or move Piola up from Rosslyn.

    Carribean Breeze, being a former native Floridian, it reminds me on Fri/Sat night of ‘trying to be South Beach’ which it is not. The Latin tunes in there are OK, the crowd…different, and the service, not bad. Good place for HH though if you work in the Ballston area. pretty decent deals for mojitos and the sorts.

  • Cyrus

    Sorry folks, no such thing as real NY pizza outside of NY. That’s just the way it is.

    /snaps gum
    /twists hair
    /jumps in IROC

  • Someone please franchise a REAL pizza joint. Check out Pontillos in Rochester, NY. Best pizza around and 40+ years in the business and franchsing. http://www.pontillos.com

    Stop trying to open these one off, fly by night pizza joints. It’s embarrassing.

    • Snookie

      We’re in Virginia, Michael. Why people think we should have good NY pizza in suburban VA is beyond me.

      • Virginia^2

        Because it’s the water, right? Straight from the Catskills? *gags*

  • http://www.pontillospizza.com

    My bad. Wrong link.

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  • SD

    Any updates on when this is going to open?

  • ML

    A year later and still not open. Any news?

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