New York-Style Pizza Coming to Rockville Pike

Pizza CS to add carryout and delivery location


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Updated, 5 p.m.: Pizza CS is adding a second location, which will offer carryout or delivery service, in Rockville around March, one of the owners said Friday.

Pizza CS opened at 1596-B Rockville Pike in 2011. The CS stands for “come sempre,” or like always, in Italian.

The new restaurant, Pizza CSNY, will be located in a former Subway restaurant at 1020 Rockville Pike, about a mile north from the first pizzeria, said Ankur Rajpara, an owner of both restaurants.

The original site focuses on Neapolitan pizza with sauce made of the requisite imported San Marzano tomatoes and baked in a wood-fired oven. The new restaurant will offer 14- and 18-inch New York-style pizza, Rajpara said.

Rajpara said he and co-owner Jonathan Allen decided to make New York-style pizza because the area is lacking in pizzerias that make it properly.  

“We didn’t feel like there were many people with the right equipment, the right ingredients and right attention to detail,” Rajpara said.

“I’ve yet to find a good traditional New York pizza around here,” he said. Born in Brooklyn, Rajpara said he moved to Maryland as a child.

The new restaurant will have an electric deck oven imported from Sweden, unlike the wood-fired oven in Pizza CS, he said. As for using the right ingredients, CSNY will use tomatoes from California, he said.

The working menu also will include chicken parmesan, meatball parmesan and eggplant parmesan subs.

“We’d like to do more, but this is what we can do at a high level,” Rajpara said.

The delivery area for the CSNY restaurant will be determined during the soft opening, Rajpara said.

He said he expects to hire about 10 employees, not including drivers.

According to Rockville city spokeswoman Marylou Berg, Pizza CSNY requested Dec. 12 a permit from the city planning department for 822 square feet of floor alterations at 1020 Rockville Pike. The permit is currently under review, she said.

Editor's note: The update added information from Rockville city government.

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