My name is Victor Zarco, but you can call me Joe. I am the owner of “Joe’s Pizza of the Village” located at 483 5th Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn. I would like to tell you a little bit about how my business got it's name.
 
In 1987 while looking for a leather jacket in Manhattan I ended up on West 4th Street in the Village. This is where everything began, in Joe's Pizza. I found myself asking Mr. Joe for a job. It was to be one of the most important jobs since my arrival in New York City.
 

Mr. Joe, his real name was Pino Pazuoli,  told me that a good pizza man put all of his heart into his work. You must be willing to start from the bottom and learn to do everything in a pizzeria from mopping the floor to delivering pies. I learned many things and worked very hard, from the tiniest jobs to the bigger ones, until I officially became the pizza man of the pizzeria.

Back then I had no idea that I would end up working in a place that would became part of so many important TV shows and movies, such as “Sex in the City”, “Everybody loves Raymond” , “Along came Poly”, “Spiderman 2” and even a Nike commercial and New York Magazine Article!

 

I remember seeing a poster in the subway of Jessica Parker of Sex in the City eating a fresh mozzarella slice. It was really exciting  knowing she was eating a slice that I had made! When they shot Spiderman the producers thought I was too short to be the pizza man in the movie, but my kids and l got to be extras!
 
I worked at Joe's for many years and eventually all  of my hard work and sacrifices paid off. By 2004 I had saved enough money to open my own place. Since Joe had become such an important name in my vocabulary I decided to call my business “Joe’s Pizza of the Village”.
 

In the past three years I have been able to keep my business moving up. From making better pizzas to teaching my workers everything there is to know to keep a customer happy. After 18 years of hard work, Time Out magazine has called my pizzeria one of the best in Brooklyn! 

I am a proud Mexican and, even though I am not Italian,  I can tell you that I make one of the best pizzas you have ever tasted. I want to invite you to come visit us in Brooklyn and try one of my specialties, like Spicy Chicken Pizza or my Chicken Tomato Pesto Pizza, maybe you'd like my Vodka Sauce Pizza or my delicious Pepperoni or Chicken Rolls!

Thank you Mr. Joe.
And Thank you New York.

With Love and Gratitude,

"Joe" Victor Zarco