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How is Patsy Grimaldi's?

dawnfawn May 11, 2007 06:35 AM

Ate at Grimaldi's in Brooklyn, NY last night because I am planning a rehearsal dinner at the one in Scottsdale. Filthy atmosphere, hair on my plate. Inadequate "Antipasto" consisting of three pieces of salami, 12 pieces of red pepper and three pieces of cheese. Pizza had soggy undercooked crust, raw tomatoes and was cold. How is the one in Scottsdale??

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  1. ciaogal May 11, 2007 07:08 AM

    dawnfawn there are 2 Patsy Grimaldi's in the Scottsdale area. One @ DC Ranch and one in Old Town. I am not sure if they are part of the same chain or the ones here in AZ just use the name. Both locations are clean, pizzas are well crafted. Both locations have a private area that would be great for a rehersal dinner.
    We have always enjoyed the pizza....woodfired, thin crust...we usually keep the toppings to a minimum as the pizza either gets to soggy or too heavy......
    The Salads are enormous.....

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    1. re: ciaogal
      StuCazzo May 11, 2007 01:07 PM

      Hi ciaogal - I am pretty sure the pizzas at Patsy Grimaldi's are not woodfired. They use a coal oven - not wood.

      Pizza there is OK. Kinda expensive, sauce is a bit bland, but better then all of the chains-type pizza places.

      Now if you want better pizza go to Gilbert Pizza (Gilbert/Warner), Classic Italian Pizza (Baseline/Rural) or La Famiglia (Warner/Alma School).

      1. re: StuCazzo
        IamJacksBrain May 11, 2007 05:14 PM

        StuCazzo, I've never heard of Gilbert Pizza, but you mentioned my other two favorite pizza options (Classic and La Famiglia) so I'll have to look for it now.

        dawnfawn, as for Grimaldi's, I've been to the downtown Scottsdale location and it's always been clean and the pizza is always crisp. They are chintzy with the cheese and the pizza sauce so even though I like their crispy crust I'm not planning on eating there anytime soon.

        1. re: StuCazzo
          tastyjon May 11, 2007 06:14 PM

          Agreed. Their AZ restaurants are night & day different from NY & Hoboken. Big, bright, clean, upscale.

          I do like the slight char from the super hot coal oven but also agree it runs a bit pricey for what you get for just a basic pie, let alone the add-ons. That said, they'll probably do a decent job for a rehersal dinner.

      2. silverbear May 11, 2007 07:08 AM

        Not nearly as bad as what you have described. I have eaten at the Scottsdale Grimaldi's, and while the pizza wasn't my favorite (a bit too much of a burnt coal taste for my liking), the restaurant seemed clean and all the food was at the appropriate temperature.

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          barry May 11, 2007 09:55 AM

          I like Grimaldi's quite a bit. I've eaten at both Scottsdale locations and found them both to be clean and well kept. The food was very good, but I'm a big fan of the thin, crisp crust.


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          1. re: barry
            ciaogal May 11, 2007 03:33 PM

            StuCazzo... I am probably wrong about the oven...oops!
            I do like the thin crisp crust that almost charred on the ends...it's so yummy!

            1. re: barry
              Baxterita May 11, 2007 03:36 PM

              There are actually more locations - I eat at the one in Ocotillo (Chandler) all the time. The antipasto is not good, but all their salads are high quality and even a "small" is enough for 2-4. Def. add salami and mozz. to the house salad - yum! I've found their pizzas to be delish and Hubby is addicted. Even though at the Oct. location they have teenage servers, they have excellent service - seems like they do a great job training them. Also, they have a great alcohol list - microbrews and wines like Pazzo. Maybe the manager does a better job of QC at the one I go to?

            2. azhotdish May 11, 2007 06:11 PM

              Really sorry about your Brooklyn experience - I have some family from out of town who insisted on visiting the Scottsdale location after having visited the original.

              As far as Scottsdale is concerned, I admit the price is a little steep but the pies are quite good - decent sauce but I love that charcoal on the crust. The topping additions are usually quite plentiful and high quality. The greek salad, if I recall correctly, was also good.

              1. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester May 12, 2007 12:26 AM

                I absolutely hated it. The service is snooty as hell (I detest their policy of charging full price for ingredients on half the pie!), and the pizza off-balance. The crust only tastes of the smoke from the oven, the sauce one-dimensionally sweet, the homemade mozzarella flavorless and flabby, and if you get the roasted peppers on the pizza they dominate any other toppings. And they're way overpriced to boot- I think it was close to 25 bucks for a pizza with pepperoni, sausage, and mushrooms.

                I'm never, EVER going back. I think I would rather eat at Peter Piper.

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                1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester
                  pstempe22 May 12, 2007 08:43 AM

                  I have to agree with JK Grence.

                  These pizza places amaze me. After all, it is still just pizza. Granted, the artisanship is greater at these places, than at the chains, but it it still pizza. Get off of your high horse! Half a pie of toppings - Half the price. I mean come on, these things are overpriced to begin with.

                  1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester
                    Dinersue May 12, 2007 12:55 PM

                    I agree with JK Grence. II couldn't wait to try this "Joint" a year ago. The write-ups were great. We were all very disappointed in the quality, taste and service. What a hype!!!!!

                  2. monku May 12, 2007 08:53 AM

                    Last summer on a road trip through Scottsdale I ate at Patsy Grimaldi's in Old Town and had a good experience. I've been to Grimaldi's in Brooklyn. The only thing they have in common is in the pizza. Otherwise I thought the place was well run, squeaky clean the pizza and salads and bar would meet your requirements.

                    I talked to the guy in charge who is a Grimaldi family member. From his explanation Patsy Grimaldi's is a separate entity (licensing of the name) from Grimaldi's in Brooklyn. They are trying to expand the brand starting in Scottsdale and he said Las Vegas is the next market they're planning on.

                    I wish I could find his business card, but go check it out and talk to him.

                    1. misohungrychewlow May 12, 2007 01:48 PM

                      The pizzas I've had at the downtown Scottsdale Grimaldi's were good, if expensive, but from my Biltmore/Squaw Peak neighborhood I have to drive past several good pizzerias to get there, so ... It will mostly be reserved for visits from east coast relatives who may be curious about it.

                      1. don giovanni May 13, 2007 05:02 PM

                        I visited the Chandler location about a month ago. It definitely was clean, but it had a funny atmosphere; like I should consider myself very lucky to be eating there. It bugged me. I think it was worse because I went in in the late afternoon when it was almost empty.

                        I liked the style of the pizza. But everything about it was sort of 'B' to me. The cheese was a little rubbery; the sauce was just okay (sweet, like others mentioned) and the very little tease of basil was not very fresh. I do like that coal oven flavor and crunchiness in the crust. Overall it's not bad pizza. It's just not exciting, and definitely not worth what they charge, imo.

                        Nevertheless I agree with ciaogal that it could work well for a rehearsal dinner.

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                        1. re: don giovanni
                          tivon May 13, 2007 08:16 PM

                          I go to the Chandler location for lunch once or twice a month and the pizza and salads are always great. The service is very attentive, most visits in addition to the server, a manager stops by. Try the white pizza with pesto or the regular one with Italian sausage and red peppers.

                          1. re: tivon
                            cloudberry Jun 22, 2007 04:52 PM

                            I'm a New York City transplant who lives around Old Town Scottsdale, and in my humble opinion, Pasta Brioni's on N. Miller Road (between E. Camelback and E. Indian School) creates the best pizza pie in the area. It beats Patsy Grimaldi's pizza hands down. Brioni's uses topnotch ingredients (I can taste the olive oil in the crust) for a subtle yet flavorful pie--and the prices are reasonable ($10.50 for a 2-topping pizza that feeds two hungry folks.). Brioni's pasta dinners are also delish, and they make a mean eggplant parmesan sandwich.

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