Grimaldi's Pizzeria

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Details
1 Front St (at Cadman Plaza W)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 858-4300
Pizza
$
Hours
Mon–Thu, Sun: 11:30 AM–10:45 PM Fri: 11:30 AM–11:45 PM Sat: Noon–11:45 PM

Being able to do the mental gymnastics intrinsic to understanding the history behind one of New York City's — er, Brooklyn’s — most storied pizzerias isn’t required for you to enjoy a slice of its famous pizza, but we have a few minutes while you wait in line.

Gennaro Lombardi opened what’s generally regarded as America’s first pizzeria (Lombardi'sNo. 30). He supposedly trained Pasquale (Patsy) Lancieri, who opened the first Patsy’s in East Harlem (No. 16). His nephew Patsy Grimaldi opened a place, also called Patsy’s, in Brooklyn’s DUMBO in 1990 (he’s said to have also learned his craft from Jerry Pero, son of Anthony Totonno Pero, who founded Totonno’s — another story), but had to change the name to Grimaldi’s after his uncle died and his aunt sold the Patsy’s name.

Three years later, Patsy sold the Grimaldi’s at 19 Old Fulton Street to Frank Ciolli, whose two children expanded the Grimaldi’s brand to nearly 46 restaurants across the country. But Ciolli lost the lease to the original space and had to move into a larger former bank building next door on 1 Front Street. That’s when Patsy swooped out of retirement into the original Grimaldi’s space to open Juliana’s.

It comes down to this: Patsy Grimaldi, whose pizza lineage goes back to family members trained by Gennaro Lombardi, is making pies at a restaurant called Juliana’s in the original Grimaldi’s, and Grimaldi’s is right next door.

With that all said, you’re just about at the front of the line (remember: no credit cards, no reservations, no slices, and no delivery!). So sit down and order something simple: a Margherita made in a coal-fired oven that heats up to about 1,200 degrees and requires about 100 pounds of coal a day. It’s crispy, it’s smoky, it’s tangy, cheesy, and delicious, and when you’re done, you can go next door to Juliana’s.

Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Pizzas in America 2015, 8/6/2015

 

 

Foursquare Tips

  • Eat the pizza here.
  • This famous Brooklyn eatery, a perennial atop the city's best pizza joints, has received eviction papers after falling behind on rent and city taxes.
  • Almost as famous as their astounding pizza is the long line, but the wait is well worth it. These whole pizzas (no slices) go for $12-16 & should be eaten in Brooklyn Bridge Park. - Green Guide Editor
  • Another of my local favorites is Grimaldis Pizza, conveniently located right under the Brooklyn Bridge, with a magical view of the bridge, says Suzanne Corso, author of Brooklyn Story.
  • A classic New York pizzeria for a reason. There are no fancy toppings or lavish decor, but sharing a pie with friends on the red-and-white checkered tablecloths is all you'll need for a good time.
  • Coal oven pizza at its best. Be prepared to wait on line and bring a few friends as the pizza is only sold by the pie.
  • as you know, grimaldis has a no slices policy. I dare you to order up and eat an entire pie by yourself. (you choice of toppings)
  • Be forewarnedit's quite the tourist destination, so prepare for the possibility of crowds and a wait. Cash only.
  • Go to grimaldi's, get a pizza to go and eat it under the brooklyn bridge.
  • Giada DeLaurentiis heads to Grimaldi's, in Brooklyn, NY, for a slice some of the best coal oven pizza in town, on Food Network's Giada's Weekend Getaways. Find more tips at FN Local.
  • Arguably the best pizza in NYC, we just wish they sold it by the slice! Oh well, good excuse to go out with a group of friends.
  • One of my favorite places. -Jacqueline Laurita, Real Housewives of NJ
  • Walk the Brooklyn Bridge on a beautiful day!! This brick oven pizza in unbelievable and is located just under the bridge in Brooklyn.
  • There'll be a line, deal with it and jump in - this is the best pizza you'll have in NYC.
  • Lots of tourists but well worth the wait. Sausage and roasted pepper toppings. Do it!
  • Don't do the queue though - call them up to place your order and you shouldn't have to wait more than 20 min. So worth it !
  • Grimaldi's serves consistently tasty thin crust pizzas, which are baked in a coal oven. The original owner of the restaurant, Patsy Grimaldi.
  • You cant skimp on their world-renowned slices, so enjoy! But burn off the calories after your meal by walking through Brooklyn Bridge Park. Youll see some amazing views of Manhattan too.
  • HORRIBLE service. Pizza tastd great BUT it was cold. No one told us it was ready. Then they took forever finding salt. Get takeout, ask for it hot, get a drink from the nearby coke machine and go to b
  • A large pizza is just the right size for two people. Be sure to order one with pepperoni, it's delicious.