With a Premium New York Slice at Sbarro’s stores in Manhattan now costing $4, you’ll have to come up with the equivalent of 8 million slices to purchase the property in Southampton that Anthony Sbarro has just put on the market. And as you can imagine, the $32 million manse has a state-of-the-art kitchen.
The 70-year-old Mr. Sbarro, whose parents founded the popular pizza chain, and his family have not lived on the 2-acre property. Construction began in 2015 on the 9-bedroom house on the water. The 14,000-square-foot, traditional-style structure also contains a 15-seat movie theater, a gymnasium, and, for Mr. Sbarro’s dance-loving wife, a mirrored ballet room. (Hmmm, does Misty Copeland have $32 million?) Much of the interior was created by the Italian designer Achille Salvagi, with many of the furnishings shipped from Rome. On the landscaped grounds are a tennis court (Roger Federer has $32 million by now, for sure) and heated swimming pool.
Mr. Sbarro is not selling the property because he already has homes in Palm Beach, New York City, and on the North Shore of Long Island. (Harald Grant at Sotheby’s International Realty is the listing agent.) Reportedly, he has found another one, this one waterfront and also in Southampton, which caught his fancy. Or maybe he needs more time to celebrate the family business, which is enjoying its 60th anniversary.
In 1956, Anthony Sbarro, his parents, Gennaro and Carmela, and his two brothers immigrated to the United States from Naples, Italy, and opened a grocery store in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn. What was known as the Sbarro Salumeria did a brisk business, with its New York-style pizza a particular favorite, and the family opened other locations (the original one existed until 2004) in New York, and eventually elsewhere in the United States and overseas, including Mumbai. Last year, Yahoo! Food named Sbarro as the second-best pizza chain in America.
If you can’t visit a Sbarro’s, maybe you can catch one on television reruns. Shops have been featured in episodes of “30 Rock” and “The Office,” and its big-screen debut was in 1985 when the fat Boys performed “All You Can Eat” at a Sbarro’s in the film “Krush Groove.”