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Dave Portnoy plans to lend hand to beloved NJ pizzeria after fire

Dave Portnoy wants to be on the scene Saturday morning when a fire breaks out at a popular pizza restaurant in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

The Barstool Sports founder endorsed Santillo's Brick Oven Pizza on social media, saying he would “definitely be there.”

“I know there was a fire in Al Santillo this morning.” Portnoy wrote to X The photo showed a photo of the fire with two fire engines visible on the road. “Al's fine, thank you. Of course Barstool will be happy to take care of whatever Al needs.”

Portnoy gave the three-generation establishment an 8.3 when he visited in 2019 to review its famous One Bite pizza.

The restaurant uses inherited recipes made in a 100-year-old stone oven to prepare its pizzas to perfection.

“If you love pizza, this review is a must read. If I could re-score it, which is impossible, I would give it a 9.8 based on the experience and the love that went into the pizza.” Portnoy posted on X In 2019.

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

According to the restaurant's website, the pizzeria is currently owned and operated by Lou Santillo's grandson Al and his wife Lorraine.

Santillo's was one of more than 35 pizzerias featured at Portnoy's One Bite Pizza Festival on September 23, 2023 at Maimonides Park in Brooklyn.


Dave Portnoy eats pizza at the One Bit Pizza Festival in September 2023. robert miller

Dave Portnoy enjoys Borelli's Taproom Pizza at the One Bite Pizza Festival in September 2023.
Dave Portnoy enjoys Borelli's Taproom Pizza at the One Bite Pizza Festival in September 2023. robert miller

The festival also included New York staples like Lucari and John's on Bleecker Street, an all-you-can-eat pizza event, musical performances and Portnoy's first “One Bite Live” show.

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