While walking down Amsterdam Ave. today, we saw a new pizzeria right next to Vinnie's on 73rd St. Whoops, it wasn't next door -- it was REPLACING Vinnies. No sign, but there was a banner that read: "Vinnies."
I'm still not sure I have the story right, but the place is opening today for lunch (at 1:00 p.m., with luck). They have a brick oven and will have a big menu, according to the very friendly staff, who were handing out some free samples of fresh mozarella pizza (although it was cold by the time we got there).
The all-young staff seemed enthusiastic and ready to rumble.