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Grimaldi's: Bigger ... and Better?

I had low expectations in visiting Grimaldi's new location at 1 Front Street, just up the street from the original spot at 19 Old Fulton. The place has been in the news as of late more for tax and landlord drama than for its product. And, I gotta say, it's often served me some underdone, soggy pies. I figured that in moving to a new space, Grimaldi's would give me more of the same—minus the quirky, cramped Brooklyn charm of the original. More

Coal to Keep Grimaldi's Ovens Aglow

Over the weekend Grimaldi's made the move to their new location, just around the corner from the home of their longstanding tenancy. The big upset in all this was that Grimaldi's would be leaving their coal oven in the dust, as concern about city licensing raised some doubts as to whether they would be granted permission to install a new coal oven. When the city issued stop-work orders and put a halt on building at the new locale, the prospect of coal remaining king at the new Grimaldi's looked grim. More

Joe Biden's Secret Service Detail Eats at Grimaldi's

[Photograph: Adam Kuban] From Slice'r Matt comes an email heads-up that Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, visited Brooklyn's River Cafe for a belated Valentine's Day meal. The New York Daily News reports: As the veep and his wife dined, Secret Service agents gobbled down pizzas from the nearby iconic Grimaldi's Pizzeria. They always say that cops (or in this case, law-enforcement/security types) know where to eat.... More

Goin' Mobile: In Which I Finally Get My Ass Out to Pizza Moto at the Brooklyn Flea

Clockwise from top left: Dave Sclarow builds the pies at a hectic pace before passing them to Pizza Moto's stickwoman. The menu lists Margherita and white pies, with the option to top either with pepperoni. My Margherita pie, fresh from the oven; I brought it into nearby Empire–Fulton Ferry Park to wolf it down at the tree-shaded picnic tables there. [Photographs: Adam Kuban] Pizza Moto Saturdays at the Fort Greene Flea (176 Lafayette Avenue; map); Sundays at the Brooklyn Bridge Flea (under the Brooklyn Bridge; Water and New Dock streets; map); 917-873-4175; pizzamotobklyn.com Pizza Style: Neapolitan Oven Type: Mobile... More

More Richman—This Time He Takes on Grimaldi's, Patsy's, and Di Fara

Admittedly, the previous item I blogged about was a week old*, and in that time Alan Richman has moved on to writing about some old standbys. He posted his thoughts yesterday on Grimaldi's (DUMBO), Patsy's (East Harlem), and Di Fara (Midwood). Again, let's take them in order. On Grimaldi's: The oven is just right, but the crusts are merely okay—they have a fresh, bready smell, but to me they’re a little too thick and slightly too soft, somewhat undercooked. The tomato sauce is vibrant and essential, which means the white pizzas are best skipped. These basically consist of soft, melted... More

Alan Richman on Tonda, Ignazio's, and Emporio

Hot off his GQ Top 25 Pizza List, Alan Richman (right) takes on a few recently opened NYC pizzerias—Tonda (East Village), Ignazio's (DUMBO), and Emporio (Nolita). Let's take them in order. On Tonda: The toppings here are overly ambitious yet flavorsome, but the crusts are flabby, tasteless, barely charred, and lacking the puffy outside ring that is reminiscent of a true Naples pie. My favorite menu item by far was the arancini, listed under “Neapolitan Street Food” but as far as I know found just about everywhere in Italy. These little rice balls were wonderfully crunchy, the only item we... More

Nubloom on Ignazio's

Nubloom Ignazio's finally, officially opened yesterday. The very first reports are mixed. From blogger Nubloom: The pizza was absolutely awesome. Thicker crust than Grimaldi’s but just slightly, giving a great crunch that I look for in pizza. The slices are not sloppy or overly loaded with sauce or cheese. The staff looks like they are from a Grateful Dead concert, but it doesn’t matter because they are so friendly you are put immediately at ease. But Yelp, so far, isn't being quite as kind. Ignazio's Pizza 4 Water Street, Brooklyn NY 11201 (under the Brooklyn Bridge; map)... More

Openings: Ignazio's, Brooklyn Heights

Finally. After more than a year, Ignazio's will be opening on Monday or Tuesday of next week, the Brooklyn Heights Blog reports. Though it's steps away from Grimaldi's, Ignazio's owner Louis Termini says he's not a rival—he wants to pick up the locals in the area who might otherwise avoid the long lines of tourists at the legendary pizzeria around the corner. In the last few months, Termini has been hard at work — he installed a specialty pizza oven that is gas-operated, but heats the pizza as if it were a wood-burning oven. There will be the classic... More

Paper Comes Down from Ignazio's Windows in DUMBO

"The window paper is finally down (after what seems like years) at Ignazio's under the Brooklyn Bridge: http://twitpic.com/zw25." So sayeth Savory Cities' Chris McBride in a tweet sent to the Eater blog. Not years per se. But the place was first reported on by the Brooklyn Eagle August 2007. I had thought it just ran into money troubles and halted its opening. But it does look like there are tables set up in there. We'll see. Ignazio's Pizza 4 Water Street, Brooklyn NY 11201 (under the Brooklyn Bridge; map)... More

Grimaldi's Seized by Taxman Earlier Today But Back Open Now

Newsday reports that Grimaldi's was shut down earlier today by state officials over unpaid taxes. $150,000 in tax warrants, the paper says. But the joint was back in business later in the afternoon, after owners paid up. "We seized them" said [New York State Department of Taxation and Finance representative Tom] Bergin, refering to the legal process where state officials close the business to get the liens satisfied.Begin said that a total of seven outstanding tax warrants had been filed against Patabbe Inc., which was doing business as Grimaldi's, since January 2006. Those warrants total about $84,000 in sales... More

NYC Food Film Festival Pizza Night

Went to the NYC Food Film Festival last night and had a pretty good time. Festival co-organizer George Motz screened his short film Brooklyn Pizza, and the short documentary Pure and Simple, a day in the life of Una Pizza Napoletana, was also shown. Photos and such, after the jump.... More

NYC Food Film Festival, the Pizza Edition, TONIGHT

You're going, right? Click for map » NYC Food Film Festival pizza component, al fresco in the parking lot next to Grimaldi's, 19 Old Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY 11201 (map). Anthony Mangieri of Una Pizza Napoletana fame will be there. When: 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 17, 2008 Cost: Free Here's the complete line-up: Brooklyn Pizza: Motz's short, six-minute film is basically pizza porn, following the pie-making process from start to finish at the Coney Island Totonno's, Di Fara, and Grimaldi'sPure and Simple: A short documentary on Anthony Mangieri and his venerated Neapolitan-pie shop Una Pizza Napoletana. Directed by Fabrizia Galvagano... More

Events: Pizza Film Fest to Screen in Parking Lot Next to Grimaldi's

Click for map » Just got word from George Motz, one of the masterminds behind the NYC Food Film Festival, that the pizza component of this year's summer screenings will be held al fresco in the parking lot next to Grimaldi's, 19 Old Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY 11201 (map). What better place than under the Brooklyn Bridge for a line-up of three films that starts with Motz's own short film Brooklyn Pizza? When: 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 17, 2008 Cost: Free Here's the complete line-up: Brooklyn Pizza: Motz's short, six-minute film is basically pizza porn, following the pie-making process... More

Openings: Ignazio's Pizza in DUMBO

Brooklyn real estate blog Brownstoner gets a snap of soon-to-open Ignazio's Pizza (above) at 4 Water Street in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn. The blogs are already billing this as a "pizza war," given that Grimaldi's is within spitting distance, but we'll leave speculation on the shelf in favor of good old fashioned taste-testing once the new joint opens. The owner is Louis Timero, born and raised in Bensonhurst but who moved to Hartford, Connecticut, to open the Luna Pizza mini chain in and around that city. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle ran a nice little profile on him in... More

Grimaldi's Wedding

A letter from a reader ... Dear Adam, I keep up with Slice via bloglines and it dawned on me that you should know my wedding story because it ended with fabulous Grimaldis! Scott and I were married on Friday, July 13th in the city-owned part of Brooklyn Bridge Park. We invited a dozen guests and the Reverend Billy and his wife. Dinner was fantastic and I wouldn't have had it any other way (I was a little nervous since it was my first time at Grimaldi's place).... More

Grimaldi's Sausage Switch?

Slice reader M.B. writes in: Has anyone else noted the change of sausage at Grimaldi's, from slides of delicious sweet sausage with fennel seeds to crumbled bits of what tasted like the breakfast sausage I sent back last time I tried it at a diner? When I called to complain about it (last month—on a take-out pie), the person answering the call said, "So don't order sausage." I'm very disappointed.... More

FWD: pepperonigate

This just reached our desk at Slice HQ: Breaking! We are ordering pizza for lunch at our office today — no pepperoni! This email was just circulated to our office. ------ Forwarded Message Conversation: No Pepperoni Subject: No PepperoniGrimaldis is out of pepperoni! Salami will be taking its place today, hope that's OK with everyone.... More

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