CRESTVIEW—A slice of New York-style pizza might sound appetizing but driving 1,200 miles to the Big Apple isn’t quite feasible for most. In the coming weeks, Crestview residents will only have to take a drive down the road for such a dining experience.
New York’s Famous Pizza and Pasta is planning to open a Crestview location within the next three weeks, according to co-owner John Trancynger.
The company had a few setbacks with equipment and parts, meaning they don’t have an exact grand opening date. Nonetheless, they are looking forward to bringing authentic pizza to the Hub City, Trancynger said.
The company already owns a location in Panama City and sees customers from all over the Emerald Coast, according to Trancynger.
“We’ve been trying to open a [Crestview] location for the last several years but we were trying to find the right spot,” Trancynger said. His brother started the company in 2005, and it remains family-run to this day.
“We make a homemade cheesecake from scratch, homemade marinara sauce, we make our dough,” Trancynger said. “There’s nothing frozen, no frozen sausage or chicken, none of it.”
Pizzas, pastas and sandwiches fill the menu, which Trancynger said was originally inspired by food and culture of New York while his brother was living there. Over the years, the company adds to the menu when it sees a demand for something and it has grown to dozens of dishes from chicken primavera or fajita pizzas to veal marsala and tortellini.
The pizza place also makes, rolls and tosses its own dough.
The restaurant will feature dine-in or carryout options, with an indoor capacity of about 50, according to Trancynger. The hiring process is ongoing but Trancynger expects to create about 12-14 jobs with his business. He’ll also rely on assistance from an employee at the Panama City location during the first several weeks.
“We roll and toss our own dough, so it’s definitely a skill people have to learn,” Trancynger said.
Trancynger expects to know an exact opening date by this week. He’s hopeful the business can open its Crestview doors by the end of April at the latest.