Designed and built by hand, the coal-fired oven at Grimaldi's Pizzeria delivers a unique flavor and consistency that is just not possible from wood or ... More
Designed and built by hand, the coal-fired oven at Grimaldi's Pizzeria delivers a unique flavor and consistency that is just not possible from wood or gas ovens. Weighing in at 25 tons and heated by 100 pounds of coal per day (cleanest burning fuel available and environmentally tested), the oven heats up to 1200 degrees. We also purchase special coal from Pennsylvania called anthracite. It actually burns cleaner and more Eco-friendly than gas or wood-fired methods. The intense heat of the oven and coal evenly bakes the pies to create Grimaldi's famous crispy and smokey crust that Zagat has voted BEST PIZZA year after year.
The wait is atrocious (Took us over an hour on both occasions), but if you are a fan of good, thin-crust pizza, then this place is for you.
A little on the pricey side if you like your pizza covered in toppings, but if you re getting one or two it won t break the bank. The pizza we got the last time had sun-dried tomatoes on it, and that was enough for us. Very tasty.
This WAS one of, if not the best pizza spot in NY about 10 years ago….
I hate to say this but the Pizza at Grimaldi's is very very overrated. It’s hard to believe how much the food has changed over the years. After waiting about 45 minutes to get in I was very hungry and still did not enjoy the food. The sauce had no flavor at all! They use raw tomatoes with no spice. Every once in a while you get a taste of basil and that is the only flavor you can expect. Grimaldi's has become a tourist trap and I am actually embarrassed that they represent NYC pizza. If you are from out of town and you are reading this please know this place has gone downhill and this is not even a top 100 pizza spot at this point.
I was born and raised in Queens and grew up with legendary pizza places like Gloria's near Shea Stadium and Lydia's in Kew Gardens. I also remember back when the only Ray's was on 11th St. and 6th Ave., not on every block. I brought my family to Brooklyn for what I hoped to be a great pizza experience, but unfortunately it turned out to be a disappointment. The mushroom slices were watery and had very little flavor. The regular slices were somewhat better, but not even close to the quality I remember in the mid 90s, when I used to work in the area and frequent Grimaldi's often. It seems that Grimaldi's has become mostly a tourist attraction. I noticed most people waiting on the line to get in were studying NYC street maps and guide books. Inside, it felt like a factory, where the chefs were slapping ingredients together as fast as they could with little care, to get the hoards waiting outside into the restaurant as soon as possible. The best part of the trip was walking over the bridge with the great views of the city. Also, exploring Brooklyn Heights and The Promenade are well worth a visit to the area. However, the long lines and the mediocre quality prevent me from recommending a visit to Grimaldi's.
Worst service I've ever received! I thought it was just me at first, but then my sister noticed it and finally towards the end her husband did as well. Not only were they racist b/c of our Latino descent, the pizza wasn't even worth the wait NOR the awful service. Needless to say I will NEVER go back to that establishment again and will NEVER take any of my out of town guests there again. If you're looking for AMAZING pizza, try Lombardi's on Spring Street. Now that's PIZZA and service!
Definitely NOT the best pizza in the universe. It was good, but not even the best in NY. The crust had soggy parts and the tomato chunks, or whatever type of sauce they use, had very little flavor. Luckily there was no wait when we went, but if we had to wait I would of been very disappointed.
The cram as many people in there as possible and not cheap either. 2 pizzas with a 6,7 beers ended up being $75. Probably won't go out of my way to go there again.
BEST BEST BEST!!!!! My family and I were told to try it out on our vacation from California. We have two children, one a baby, and the wait was very long, BUT WORTH IT! We still talk about the pizza and entire experience one year later! Whenever I make it back to NYC, the first place I am going is back to Grimaldi's!
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