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Family and staff gather at the counter of the newly re-opened Gaby's Pizza.

A Queens Village pizzeria has re-opened for business after undergoing an interior makeover.

Family-owned Gaby’s Pizza, located at 204-23 Hillside Ave. within the Fran Hill Mall, re-opened for business on Tuesday, Jan. 10, after eight days of renovations and redecorating.

 

The pizzeria was founded in 1964 by three brothers and serves regular, Sicilian and specialty pizza pies and slices, heroes, pastas, Italian-American dishes and more.

Today, the eatery is run by the family’s second generation — relatives Gerome Seidita, Orlando Correale and Andre Logiutice.

While the inside of the pizzeria may have gotten a new, modern face, Correale assures customers that all food remains familiar and delicious.

“New face, but same old recipes,” Correale said. “No changes whatsoever.”

The business partners said a number of celebrities from all walks of life have visited the pizzeria, including rappers Ja Rule, Run-D.M.C, LL Cool J and Salt-N-Pepa, and a number of players and coaches from the New York Mets, Jets and Giants.

“We’ve been voted No. 1 in the neighborhood so many times,” Correale said. “We were on Pizza Showdown on national television and we beat out a pizzeria from Chicago.”

The owners also stay involved in the community. During the holidays, the pizzeria runs a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House — a nonprofit organization that works to improve the health and well-being of sick children and their families — and hosts a day with Santa, welcoming neighborhood families to stop by for a photo op. The pizzeria also sponsors some local athletics teams, as well.

Gaby’s Pizza is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until midnight and can be reached at 718-740-9716 or 718-740-9720 for pick-up or delivery.

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