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A Popular but Controversial New York City Pizzeria Is Popping Up in Dallas

Celebs love Prince Street Pizza, but its owners have faced accusations of racism

A slice of square Sicilian-style pepperoni pizza on a paper plate on a checkered tablecloth, with a side of marinara sauce in a small cup, and a bottle of Topo Chico in the background.
Price Street Pizza, a controversial but popular New York restaurant, will be popping up in Dallas
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Prince Street Pizza, a popular, but controversial, Silician-style pie shop based in New York City, is planning a pop-up in Dallas through the end of October.

PSP, which is known for its square-shaped pies made with a crunchy-but-fluffy crust, was founded in New York City in 2012. One of the most popular pizzas is the Spicy Spring, made with fra diavolo sauce and crispy cupping pepperoni. The Dallas pop-up, which is being sponsored by Uber Eats and Off the Menu Club, a secret menu dining app, will also feature specialty slices for Off The Menu members only, including a birria pizza from Vietnamese street food spot Cris and John. The pop-up will take place Thursday, October 21 through the end of the month inside Deep Ellum Distillery at 2880 Clover Street.

The shop is beloved by New Yorkers and a frequent stop for celebs like the Kardashians, Shailene Woodley, and Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler. But it’s faced scrutiny in recent months after the father-and-son team behind the restaurant was accused of making racist and disparaging comments on social media.

Late last year, Minnesota-based food blogger Joe Rosenthal resurfaced comments allegedly made by Prince Street founder Frank Morano on Yelp over the past three years, including hostile public responses to many customers of color who said that they were treated poorly at the restaurant, and direct messages to a specific customer that used anti-Asian racial slurs. Rosenthal also shared Facebook posts from Frank’s son Dominic Morano, who acts as the face of the restaurant, mocking Black Lives Matter protestors who have been hit by cars.

Prince Street issued an apology in response to the allegations and stated that Frank and Dominic Moreno would be stepping away from customer-facing roles and managing the business. Both Morenos, however, continue to own — and presumably profit — from the business.

The Dallas pop-up of Prince Street Pizza will take place October 21 through 31 at 2880 Clover Street. PSP will also be available for delivery through Uber Eats from noon to 10 p.m. through Oct. 31.

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