Patsy Grimaldi is a purest when it comes to pizza. Grimaldi learned the trade from his Uncle Lancieri, who trained with the man credited with opening the first pizzeria in America in 1905. Lancieri opened his own pizzeria in East Harlem in 1931, where Grimaldi started learning the art of coal brick oven pizza at the tender age of 10.
In time, Grimaldi was ready to open the first of his two pizzerias in New York. Soon the smoky taste of his coal fired brick oven pizza became a “must have” for numerous pizza lovers and celebrities alike including Frank Sinatra and former NYC Mayor Giuliani.
“Why coal-fired ovens?” Grimaldi says, “Over seventy five years ago all pizzerias and bakeries cooked with coal because it gave the pizza a unique flavor, and a crisp crust that is just not possible from gas, convection or wood ovens.”
Baking in a coal fired brick oven gives Grimaldi’s pizza a flavorful and authentic taste. Grimaldi’s fresh ingredients, “secret recipe” pizza sauce, special cheese and dough, has made Grimaldi’s Pizzeria the most award winning pizza restaurant in the United States.
When Grimaldi was ready to retire he passed along his pizza secrets to his favorite nephew by choice who was as passionate about pizza as he was. As coal fired brick oven cooking was a dying art, he wanted to ensure that future generations would be able to experience the unique and truly authentic pizza that has been enjoyed in America since the early 1900’s, that is Grimaldi’s Pizzeria.
It has been said that the secret to true New York-style pizza is the water. Grimaldi’s believes that too, going to great lengths to keep the integrity of the water used in the Brooklyn pizzeria by hiring a chemist to analyze and recreate the mineral content and exact composition of the water. A custom water system pumping “New York water” is installed in every Grimaldi’s Pizzeria to ensure that the dough tastes as authentically New York as possible.
There are four locations of Grimaldi’s in the Dallas area including the newest in Grapevine.
If you haven’t tried Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria we are going to give you a chance. Make a comment below telling us why you deserve a fifty dollar gift certificate and you could be a winner. We will announce two randomly selected winners on Wednesday, and the cards will be sent from their corporate office to your home or office.