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Patsy Grimaldi learned the art of pizza making from his uncle, Patsy Lancieri in the 1930s. At that time all pizzerias cooked with coal to get a unique flavor. About 15 years ago, the Ciolli family purchased Grimaldi’s Pizzerias. A lot has changed over the years, but not the method of cooking. Coal brick ovens are still used to get that smoky robust flavor and crisp crust that Grimaldi’s is known for.

A hand painted nostalgic mural of the Brooklyn Bridge is the focal point in the dining room. Exposed bricks and a soft yellow color scheme is throughout. Celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio and Frank Sinatra were fans of Grimaldi’s pizza and their pictures are prominently displayed. The tables are covered with red and white checkered linens and every occupied table has a pizza positioned on a stand. It’s quite a beautiful sight! A bar area is a gathering place for drinking, eating and mingling. “Like Cheers with pizza,” says manager Dean LaLima.

Pizza comes with a choice of 28 different toppings, each prepared fresh everyday. Homemade mozzarella is made a special way to withstand the 1200 degree oven. Salads are popular starters but everyone is here for the pizza...thin, crispy crust and slightly charred.

Owner Russell Ciolli is proud to carry on the tradition that began
decades ago and says, “every pie is a work of art.”

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