Bronx Pizza to Open Next Week

by ARLnow.com August 17, 2012 at 2:15 pm 8,785 52 Comments

After some delays caused by permitting issues, the owners of Bronx Pizza in Clarendon are hoping to open next week.

Owner Mike Cordero tells ARLnow.com that he expects to open the pizzeria on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Located at 3100 Clarendon Boulevard, Bronx Pizza is intended to be an Arlington version of a neighborhood pizza joint like the one Cordero started working at in the South Bronx at the age of 13. Cordero says the closest thing to Bronx Pizza in Arlington right now is the Italian Store (3123 Lee Highway). What Bronx Pizza lacks in Italian groceries, however, it makes up for in decorations — including photos on the wall of Mickey Mantle, Tony Soprano, the Rat Pack and New York City’s George Washington Bridge.

The menu at Bronx Pizza includes New York style pizza by the slice — $2.75 for a jumbo cheese slice, $2.95 for a Sicilian slice and $3.25 for a specialty jumbo slice. Whole New York style pies start at $14.95 for a large 16 inch and $17.95 for an extra-large 20 inch. Specialty options include the Whitestone Bridge pizza (Alfredo sauce, ham, broccoli, Parmesan and mozzarella), the Grand Concourse veggie pizza (fire-roasted peppers, mushrooms, spinach and broccoli), the Tremont Avenue chicken carbonara (roasted chicken breast with carbonara sauce) and the Pelham Bay Park BBQ chicken pizza (BBQ chicken with homemade BBQ sauce).

Other menu options include various types of calzones, rolls, hot 10 inch subs, cold 10 inch hoagies, and Italian pastas, as well as appetizers and desserts like boardwalk style fries, Italian fried cheese balls, fried pickles, homemade cannoli and tiramisu.

Bronx Pizza is located in a relatively small space, but includes a few tables for indoor seating.

  • Mark P.

    Hmm the question is will it be better than Goody’s. And YES that pizza is good when not drunk!

    • CrystalMikey

      I agree

      • Tom

        The messed up thing is the dude says he is from NYC, te Bronx. What a load of crap, he is from the sticks of chantilly, don’t be that guy.

        • drax

          Chantilly is The Bronx of NoVa though.

        • NoVapologist

          Are you sure it’s the same Mike Cordero?

        • nom de guerre

          County documents (site plan amendment) for Bronx Pizza indicate that Mike Cordero lives in Chantilly. That being said, I don’t know where “he is from.”

          • NoVapologist

            According to MyLife there is a Mike Cordero who went to Chantilly HS, but he currently lives in California.

          • Josh S

            And God knows everything you read on the Internet is true and up to date…..

    • TJLinBallston

      I agree too.

    • Marcus

      He is definitely from the Bronx. Spoke with him last week. Looking forward to trying the calzones.

  • Goody’s Lover

    The family that runs Goody’s are nice, nice people. I’ve had great conversations with them post-beers and they’re a nice older couple. The pizza is always dependable too. I think the extra variety is what Bronx will win at, and the fact most people (sadly_ associate Goody’s with drunkness…

    • Clarendon

      They are really nice. The pizza at Goodys is great, Bronx will have the tables advantage though. Maybe it will be like Gino’s and Pat’s in Philly.

    • TJLinBallston

      I sure hope BOTH thrive! Competition often begets more business for both. It builds critical mass for good food.

  • b-money

    Will they deliver?

  • SMDC

    Looking forward to testing out a good old Sicilian slice and cannoli. I was disappointed Thursday when I tried to eat here and it wasn’t opened. A sign or something would have been nice….

  • karzai

    Even though I’m from NYC, it does seem that the pizza market in Clarendon is now over-saturated. Goody’s was mentioned. Then of course there are Faccia Luna and Pete’s Apizza. Then, we are told, the new Italian place replacing Restaurant 3 is going to have pizza also. How much demand for pizza is there in Clarendon?

    At least they’ve started construction on the little park that is to replace the torn up and unusable hilly grass on the Clarendon metro stop island.

    • JohnB

      Apparently annual Pizza sales in the US are $32 billion dollars:


      So it seems like it’s pretty popular.

    • Clarendon

      Liberty Tavern also sells a lot of pies.

      Will the metro park be done in time for Clarendon Day ? It’s in September sometime (can’t find the date).

      • karzai

        They’ve only completed fencing the area off. It doesn’t seem like they would be finished by Clarendon Day. I think the plan is to take those grassy hills down, bring the whole area level, and lay down some sort of decorative tile arrangement that they displayed there a while ago. Then there is benchwork and sitting areas, etc.

  • novasteve

    Can I got froyo flavored pizza there?

    • pathetic nerd

      you is so funnies!

  • JohnB

    The George Washington Bridge connects New Jersey to Manhattan and Tony Soprano was a boss in New Jersey.

  • Pizza Maker

    Kramer was on it a long time ago…

  • Mike

    This place is turning into the Sam’s Corner of pizza joints.

  • Buggin’ Out

    Hey, Sal, how come they ain’t no brothas on the wall?

    • YTK

      Lookit my post below- we need some pikshas of the Sistahs too!!

  • NoVapologist

    If it really tastes like the Italian Store pizza, that will be a good thing.

  • Suburban Not Urban

    If it’s NY, isn’t it a sub not a hoagie.

    • zzzzz

      No, it’s a hero.

      There are no hoagies in NYC and if there are any subs they’re underwater.

  • John Fontain

    Interestingly, Clarendon Pizza is holding its grand opening in the Bronx next Wednesday.

    • Matt


  • craig

    if this place is as good or better than jumbo slice, this could be a hit and it’s in clarendon too. prime location. I’d rather go to this place than 7-11 for a hotdog

    • DarkHeart

      Which is why Arlington needs a Sonic, even if it’s just in food cart form.

      • Fatty

        4. What are the minimum net worth and liquidity requirements to become a (Sonic) franchisee?

        Liquidity Net Worth
        2 Stores $1,000,000 $1,000,000

        Get to work DarkHeart.

      • nom de guerre

        The County Board would never approve a Sonic in Arlington, after all it is a drive-in and we all know what the Board thinks of cars.

  • YTK

    MickeyMantleThe SopranosTonyBennet — Eh– WHERE is the picture of ANNA MAGNANI? SOPHIA LOREN? GINA LOLLOBRIGIDA?

  • Arlington dog

    How about pictures on the wall of Gerlando Sciascia, Gene Gotti, and John Carneglia?

    • YTK


  • Zach

    I do like the pizza at Goody’s, but I don’t think of it as a dependable place where I can walk in and get a slice. It seems like there is never any prepared when I go in and I don’t want to deal with the hassle. I hope Bronx can fill that niche.

    • nom de guerre

      That’s because Trev has been there and we all know he bogarts the pizza and garlic and will never slide a bro a slice.

      • Arlington dog

        Plus 10

        I was waiting for a Trev reference, and you delivered, brah!

  • Dave

    It’s a wedge actually.

  • Good Eats

    Goody’s is great pizza – for me, better than the Italian Store.
    Additionally, Goody’s is truly a mom and pop shop which gets my
    business over a chain every time.

    • treemonkey5000

      The Italian Store is not a chain, there’s only one and it’s owned by a pop.

      Anyway, looking forward to Bronx Pizza, I wish the owner the best of luck, especially since they will be about the 8th pizza place to open in Clarendon in the past 5 years.

  • Arlingtonian

    My fiance is from the South Bronx and is probably going to be first in line. 🙂

    • YTK

      If you are from the Bronx, you can just say “GEDDOUDAHMYWAY!” and you will always be the first in line. Works for me all the time.

  • McChipstah

    Dat problee means dey gunna havda usual Ode to the Heinous Stankees everywheres in da decowr. If dey do, I ain’t comin widin twos feet of daplace… gud pies or not.

    Seriously though-best pizza in Arlington-Pupatellas

  • Justin

    Anything with a New York-related name does well here because of the inferiority complex. How else to explain the success of that horrid bagel shop in Courthouse?

    • McChipstah

      I know it’s just me, but anytime I see anything referencing “da Bronx” I think of the Yankees and awl da marble-mouth’d idiot fans dat luv ’em and wear their stupid baseball caps.

    • SMDC

      Seriously, those bagels are awful.

  • Rick s

    Is the end of the $20.00 pizza? Price war could benefit us all.

  • Jay

    Went by this afternoon and still not open. After the year it’s taken I’m kind of over it.


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