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Q&A with Mary Nolan: Owner of Country Bay Pizza

Mary Nolan at Country Bay Pizza in Country

Mary Nolan at Country Bay Pizza in Country Club, the Bronx, on June 18, 2015. Photo Credit: LISA FRASER

Mary Nolan moved to Country Club four years ago from Astoria and said she likes her new hometown because, "it's a little bit of the country in the Bronx." She co-owns Country Bay Pizza, a tiny Italian eatery at 3233 Ampere Ave., with George Mujica, the former head chef at Louis Seafood on East Tremont Avenue.


What do you enjoy most about living here?


There's a friendly atmosphere here and I love that it's quiet and filled with small houses and not big apartment buildings. I can walk to the end of Ampere Avenue and get a nice view of the water and the boats. And I love to go to Pelham Bay Park.


What is something that you could only see in Country Club?



The mounted police at Pelham Bay Park; they also ride down the streets here two-by-two--it's a sight I'm not used to coming from Queens. It really adds to that feel that this is a quaint little village and it's almost like you're not even in the Bronx.


Is there anything that could be better about the neighborhood?



In the way of delis and businesses, many close by 7 p.m., so people don't have a place to go especially if they don't have a car. Some kind of establishment that's open later would be good for the neighborhood.


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