June 10, Staff Report
San Remo, the old-time pizzeria located on the corner of Vernon Blvd and 49th Avenue, has officially closed.
The owner, Paolo Cimino, has left the 48-20 Vernon Boulevard establishment for good and said he has no intention of returning. He closed the pizzeria a few weeks ago.
The restaurant had been on Vernon Blvd for well over 20 years and its old chairs and dimmed lights gave the impression that it had been caught in a 1990s time warp. Meanwhile, in recent times, modern pizzerias such as Slice and L’inizio have opened nearby.
San Remo was rated 2 ½ stars on Yelp! and its customers gave it mixed reviews.
One reviewer wrote the following:
“This is probably the longest running place in LIC – especially on Vernon Blvd. Once you walk through the doors, it’ll look like one of those establishments from a horror movie. Dim with one light that won’t stop blinking with an ax wielding murderer about to come out the kitchen.
Instead, it’s just an old school place that won’t sway to the modern lifestyle that has transformed us from the stone age. The old guy is kind of friendly. The menu sign still consists of paste on letters and numbers.
As for the pizza, it’s not terrible…”