Grimaldi's Pizzeria, also known as Grimaldi’s and Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria, is an American pizzeria chain with its origins in New York. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has operated as a pizzeria restaurant for over thirty years. It is famous for its use of coal brick-ovens, sale of whole pies (as opposed to slices), select menu offerings, and affiliation with the Brooklyn Bridge. The most well-known restaurant is located in Brooklyn, New York “under the Brooklyn Bridge." There are approximately forty Grimaldi’s Pizzeria restaurants operating in the United States in over ten states.
Patsy Grimaldi, the founder of Grimaldi's Pizzeria, learned to make pizza at his uncle Patsy Lancieri's pizzeria in Italian Harlem in 1941 at age ten. He eventually opened his own restaurant in Brooklyn. Grimaldi originally planned to build it in Manhattan. However, he believed that coal-fired brick ovens produced the best pizza and that it was illegal to build new coal ovens in Manhattan. As a result, he moved the restaurant to Brooklyn. Grimaldi sold his interest in the restaurant in 1998. At various times during the restaurant’s history it operated as and/or was known as “Patsy’s Pizzeria” or “Patsy Grimaldi’s.” The restaurant now operates under the names “Grimaldi’s Pizzeria”, “Grimaldi’s”, and “Grimaldi’s Coal-Brick-Oven Pizzeria.”
Awards and Renown
- Grimaldi's Pizzeria is one of the most popular pizzerias in New York City. In recent years, Zagat Survey has rated Grimaldi's No. 1 Pizzeria in New York. As Grimaldi's Pizzeria does not take reservations, lines for tables are often long in summertime and extend far up Front Street.
- Grimaldi's Pizzeria was chosen as one of the five best pizzerias in United States by the Food Network. Its pizza was featured on the television show The Best of....
There are currently thirty-eight locations in twelve states in the greater United States, including the original Brooklyn Bridge location. Visit http://grimaldispizzeria.com/locations.aspx for the full list of locations- States include AL,AZ,CA,CO,FL,ID,LA,NV,NY,TX,SC.
- Official website: www.grimaldispizzeria.com; www.grimaldis-pizza.com