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6 Jan 2024


NextImg:Dave Portnoy plans to lend hand to beloved NJ pizzeria after fire: ‘Whatever Al needs’

A beloved pizza joint in Elizabeth, N.J., caught fire on Saturday morning, and Dave Portnoy wants to step in.

The Barstool Sports founder took to social media in support of Santillo’s Brick Oven Pizza, saying he “will be there.”

“I’m aware that Al Santilllo’s had a fire this morning,” Portnoy wrote on X that featured a photo of the fire with two visible firetrucks on the street. “Al is okay thank god. Obviously Barstool will be there for whatever Al needs.”

When visiting the shop for one of his famed “One Bite” pizza reviews in 2019, Portnoy rated the three-generation business with an 8.3.

The shop features passed-down recipes made in a 100-year-old brick oven to cook the pizzas to perfection.

“If you love pizza you need to watch this review. If I could rescore, which you can’,t I’d give it a 9.8 based on experience and love that goes into the pizza,” Portnoy posted on X in 2019.

The family business was started in 1918 by Lou Santillo, who also made Italian bread as part of the business with his son, Alfred.

Now, Lou Santillo’s grandson, Al, and his wife, Lorraine, own and operate the pizzeria, according to the business’ website.

Santillo’s was one of 35-plus pizzerias featured at Portnoy’s “One Bite Pizza Festival” on Sept. 23, 2023, in Maimonides Park, Brooklyn.

Dave Portnoy eating a pizza at his One Bit Pizza Festival in Sept. 2023. Robert Miller
Dave Portnoy enjoying Borrelli's Taproom pizza during his One Bite Pizza Festival in Sept. 2023.
Dave Portnoy enjoying Borrelli’s Taproom pizza during his “One Bite Pizza Festival” in Sept. 2023. Robert Miller

The festival — which included New York staples like Lucali and John’s of Bleecker Street — was an all-you-can-eat pizza event that also included musical performances and a debut “One Bite Live” show from Portnoy.