A piece of Brooklyn cinematic sadness: Lenny’s Pizza, made famous by John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever, is closing

Legendary pizzeria Lenny’s will not be called Lost.

The 70-year-old Brooklyn business that became famous after John Travolta grabbed two pieces of the pie there in Saturday Night Fever will close its doors for a good Sunday night, the owners announced on their website.

“Tourists know this from the movie, but locals have been coming here since day one,” says Annie Jezilai, 22, a local resident. “I grew up with them. This is a sad reminder that the lives of our youth are changing.”

A piece of Brooklyn cinematic sadness: Lenny’s Pizza, made famous by John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever, is closing

Owner Frank Giordano, 77, has made the decision to retire and spend more time with his family, including his daughter and colleague Josephine.

“I’ve had more than enough,” Giordano said among a Saturday crowd of well-wishers. “I have been here for 40 years. I sold the building, I’m gone.”

Travolta, who played Tony Manero in the hit 1977 film, famously ordered two slices of pizza from Lenny’s before eating the pizza while walking down 86th Street in Bensonhurst. Travolta stacked one slice on top of another, and customers are still ordering the “double-decker car.”

Travolta returned to visit in 2018 with two slices in hand and the owners named the slice after Travolta.

John Travolta ate two slices of pizza for the public as a tribute to Tony Manero's character.  The pizzeria also named a piece after Travolta during Tuesday's celebrations.

On a Saturday afternoon, a line of shoppers snaked through the door and onto the sidewalk as the clock neared closing.

Former neighborhood residents Nikki Apostolou and her husband Jose Horrah drove 90 miles to Brooklyn from Tannersville, Pennsylvania to say goodbye to their first date.

“I came to say goodbye,” Horrah said. “Here we fell in love”

The apostle, who was standing by Lenny with a pizza in her hands, repeated his opinion.

“I’ve had a lot of bad dates here,” she said. “But it was good.

Inside Lenny's Pizza on 86th Street in Brooklyn on Saturday.

Apostolou remembered her weekly trips with her grandmother for slices at Lenny’s, long before she met her husband.

“This is definitely a loss for the area,” she said. “I came here to give support and get the best pizza in New York.”

The booths inside were packed for wires, and the official closing for the last bite was scheduled for Sunday evening at 10:00 pm.

Josephine Giordano said the decision was made after consultation with her father.

“Glad to tell you guys that we are closing our doors after so many years,” she said in an online post. “My dad is finally retiring… Luckily we did a really good job and felt it was best to close as soon as my dad was ready.

“It is time for him and me to enjoy our families. We want to thank everyone who gave us the opportunity to serve them.”

Lenny's pizzeria in Bensonhurst, long time customer of Nikki Apotolou.

Hundreds of people reacted to the closure announcement by sharing their memories on Facebook.

“Wishing your father and family all the best on his well-deserved retirement,” one post read. “Thank you for serving the community all these years. I will always have fragments of “Saturday Night Fever” as a wonderful memory!

Matthew Badogato, 27, joined the crowd saying goodbye to the local landmark.

“I grew up eating Lenny’s pizza for 23 years,” he said. “This is an amazing local establishment. Lenny picks up a friend. Ask anyone in the community where to eat and they’ll tell you Lenny’s.”

For local boy Hezilaj, the news was sad proof that nothing lasts forever — not even his favorite slice of pizza.

“It was a popular place in the area,” he said. But the area is changing.

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