The Citiblog

Coal and Wood-Fired Pizza Could Become Extinct Under Mayor's Plan
June 26, 2023, 10:22.35 pm ET



Outside Arturo’s Coal Fired Pizza in SoHo people could be heard saying, “Did you hear about the city’s plan to ban coal-fired pizza,” and “We need to start a petition,” as word sunk in that the city plans to make using coal or wood-fired ovens a costly proposition.

In an effort to reduce carbon emissions by 75 percent, pizzerias and restaurant would have to shell out $20,000 or more for an air filtration system, according to a report in the New York Post. The Mayor later said it's not a done deal.

“We don’t want to hurt businesses in the city and we don’t want to hurt the environment,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams, “Let’s let the public weigh in and then we can have a conversation if we want to move forward or not.”

The new regulations stand to hurt some of the city’s most beloved pizza places like Aturo’s, John’s on Bleecker Street, Fornino’, Paulie Gee’s, Grimaldi’s and more. In mid-June we stopped by the Big Apple Barbecue, a one-night event that replaced the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, and noticed not one smoker could be found.

Watch out, your barbecue could be next.