Rockaway’s Secret Pizza Treasure: Last Dragon Pizza
I saw Nicole Russell’s pizzas on Instagram and had the pleasure of meeting her at the 92nd Street Y but didn’t fully understand her operation until I saw it for myself. Last Dragon Pizza is every pizza lover’s dream. It’s as much a distillation of her childhood nostalgia as it is a culmination of her adult reality.
After Hurricane Sandy devastated Rockaway, Nicole would feed recovery workers her homemade pizza. The reaction was tremendous and workers started paying her for product. She honed her craft and started offering a limited number of pizzas on select days. When time came to pick a name, she knew exactly what to do. Nicole remembers going with her sister to see The Last Dragon, a kung fu movie featuring a pizzeria owned by a black family. It stuck with her and thus the “pizzeria” had its name. Nicole would make pizza under the moniker that referenced both the experience she shared with her sister and the film itself.
Last Dragon Pizza is truly unique. It’s not a brick-and-mortar pizzeria but it’s not a mobile unit either. Customers place orders on her website, indicating what day and time they intend to pick it up, knowing only that it’s located in Rockaway. Nicole then texts or emails you the pick-up address when the pie is ready for curbside pickup. I went down to Rockaway to experience it the magic with Serhan (of Boston Pizza and his own Instagram) and PSG (we’re in the photo below). We had placed our order the day before and set about on an epic adventure to reap the rewards.
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