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You may think Kosher pizza is an oxymoron (like “the little giant” or “military intelligence”), but Marat Filler, owner of the new Pizza Cardo on Jerome Avenue, begs to differ. Filler has revamped the pizzeria that had been closed for several months, turning it into a delight, offering pizza, pasta, salads and wraps to Kosher eaters of all faiths. Marat is passionate about food and especially about pizza. Originally from Odessa (the one next to Russia, silly!), he emigrated in 1989 with his parents and older brother. After discovering his calling and at the age of 20, he entered culinary school in Florida, then relocated to Israel. It wasn’t glamorous — basically, he was waiting tables — until he met a rabbi who took him under his wing and taught him everything he needed to know about the craft. “You shouldn’t be cleaning tables,” the rabbi told him. “Nu, you should be cooking!” Marat has now brought all that knowledge and passion to Pizza Cardo and Standing O is glad that he did. In fact Standing O suggests that when you visit, go for a slice of the Vodka pizza, you won’t be sorry you did.

Pizza Cardo [1730 Jerome Ave. at E. 18th Street in Sheepshead Bay, (718) 676-0140].


Lighting the LAMP

Congratulations to Derrick DC Vito on his appointment as one of the very first full-time employees as executive director of the media-education group LAMP. Our pal DC has been with LAMP since 2007, when he and Katherine “PS 107 Mom” Fry co-founded the group, but get this, he did it for free! Now that’s one generous guy. During his volunteer phase, he also worked building the Geographic Information System for Con Edison Telecommunications, whatever the heck that is. “My time spent in the telecom industry has been beneficial to my work in helping the LAMP develop into a strong business,” DC told Standing O. In between his directing and building DC is a long standing member and co-chairman of the Youth Services Committee at Community Board 6. “DC how do you do it all?”


The tater’s the thing!

It all began with a knish and a dream. Standing O pal Laura Silver, our in-house Knish Lady, submitted a story to our editor for consideration. The master editor saw a golden opportunity in this spud tale and printed the piece. The rest, as they say is history. Seeing her name in print encouraged Silver to submit to other publications and follow her quest to bring forth forgotten knish lore — she’s been on the trail since 2002. Her stories have initiated interfaith dialogue between Polish Catholics and American Jews, who have passed recipes of the tasty doughy dumpling back and forth through generations as well as highlighted the Jewish experience in America. For her enthusiasm, persistence and camaraderie, Laura just won a big award for best religious commentary of the year. “The 2010 RNA Conference and its attendees encouraged me to ratchet up my game,” Laura told Standing O. We’re glad she did; now can we have a recipe or two to try out?

Dyker Heights

Giving it all

Three cheers to the Francesco Loccisano Memorial Foundation, which serves pediatric cancer patients nationwide. Cheer 1: This foundation is dedicated! Cheer 2: They’re compassionate! And cheer 3: The foundation has a never-ending mission to support children with cancer and their families. Francesco “Frankie” Loccisano, a Xaverian HS alum, succumbed to cancer after a 27-month battle with the disease. In his honor, the organization was established by his family and friends to carry on his desire to provide aid to the vast pediatric cancer community. The foundation is hosting Hopefest 2011-Harvest Gala in order to raise funds and also salute four individuals who embody the qualities of honor, integrity, courage and leadership. This year’s nominees are Dr. Alexander Chou, pediatric oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Center; Dr. Francis DeVito, Bay Ridge pediatrician; Pnina Peled, executive chef at Memorial Sloan Kettering Center and Christopher Lamberto, a 13-year-old survivor of leukemia, who will receive the Michele Grace Marciano Award of Hope.

Families of children with cancer are encouraged to apply for help via their hospital social worker. For information on the gala at Gargiulos Restaurant on Sept. 23, or to send a donation, call (917) 496-7534 or visit www.frankiesmission.org.

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