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Grimaldi's, Brooklyn--Excellent, But...

hiddenboston Mar 3, 2008 04:31 AM

...it wasn't as good as the pizza I had at Lombardi's in Manhattan the other night. The pizzas are similar, as they both use slices of mozzarella and pieces of basil, and are thin crust pizzas cooked in coal-fired ovens, but the pizza at Grimaldi's was undercooked (charred very little on the bottom), the pepperoni wasn't as tasty (and also a bit undercooked), the dough seemed a bit more salty, and at least a couple of people I was with didn't bother finishing the crust because the outer crust was kind of doughy.

But it was still an excellent pizza, and one that would probably be considered better than nearly any other in the Boston area. I guess this shows how great those Lombardi's pizzas are, IMO...

I'm off to Pepe's today to complete the trifecta of top pizza places in the Northeast (well, not complete, as I didn't get to Patsy's, Totonno's, and others). It'll be my second time there in two weeks; hopefully it will be as good as last time!

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  1. Miss Needle RE: hiddenboston Mar 3, 2008 04:46 AM

    Sorry to hear that you had an undercooked one at Grimaldi's. I prefer Grimaldi's to Lombardi's (which I'm not crazy about at all). But none of these compares to Pepe's. Lucky you.

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      Larry Brooks RE: hiddenboston Mar 3, 2008 05:14 AM

      Completing a trifecta but no Di Fara's? I'd skip the others and have 3 slices there. Boom! A trifecta.

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        angelo04 RE: Larry Brooks Apr 18, 2008 09:28 AM

        Only 3? I'm good for 5. LOL. But I also moved to NJ and tend to make a pig of myself when I get myhands on an excellent NY pie!!

      2. Steve R RE: hiddenboston Mar 3, 2008 06:15 AM

        I dont think that the problems you noted with Grimaldi's are unusual. Lombardi's uses (at least to my knowledge) better ingredients and is still taking more care with the product. Grimaldi's is coasting on a reputation that is no longer deserved, in my opinion.

        I also wonder how DiFara's managed to not be on your list. Just curious, as many of us think it to be better than any of the others.

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          hiddenboston RE: Steve R Mar 3, 2008 03:35 PM

          I went to Di Fara several months ago with high expectations, and it did not disappoint, though for me, anyways, I was a bit turned off by the sheer amount of olive oil that he poured on top of the pie. I know that many (if not most) people love it this way, but I almost think that Di Fara would have been my favorite of them all if not for the excess olive oil.

          As it stands, my personal favorites in the area are (in order, more or less):

          1) Lombardi's
          2) John's, Times Square
          3) Arturo's, Greenwich Village
          4) Di Fara
          4) Grimaldi's
          5) Joe's, Greenwich Village
          6) Da Nico, Little Italy

          BUT, I have not yet tried Totonno's, Patsy's, Lucali, or Una Pizza Napoletana, so my list isn't yet complete. Those will have to wait for my next trip, perhaps in early June or whenever I'm able to get to get tickets for a Cyclones game (my main reason for a next trip aside from pizza and visiting family).

          P.S. I just had an early dinner at Pepe's, and man oh man, it was yet another unforgettable pie at that place. I may have to put it above all of the places I've been to in New York...

        2. NYJewboy RE: hiddenboston Mar 3, 2008 07:39 AM

          "the pizza at Grimaldi's was undercooked", sadly this is the basic standard for the place. However when they are not busy this problem is a little better (due to not rushing).

          However, please, go to DiFara for a square pie and Lucali's as well before you make any
          hasty decisions. I think you will be turned around on the whole Brooklyn pizza issue.

          Hail Dom.

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            Get In My Belly RE: hiddenboston Mar 3, 2008 09:17 AM

            Grimaldi's and Lombardis are both pretty decent pizza. They certainly both beat out 99% of pizza places on this planet.
            But, there are still much better places you should try.
            Lucali blows them both away.
            and, DiFara's blows away Lucali.

            (also better than Grimaldi's or Lombardi's - Totonno's, Nick's, lazarra's, maybe franny's)

            but, of course, thats just my opinion.

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              heightsfamily RE: Get In My Belly Mar 3, 2008 02:56 PM

              Girmaldi's is below average and not worth the wait. If you are coming to the area do yourself a favor and go to DiFara's you won't be disapointed.

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              JFores RE: hiddenboston Mar 3, 2008 03:10 PM

              Grimaldi's and Lombardi's are both pretty awful. Pepe's is better than both. Di Fara is worlds, leaps, bounds, milleniums, and light years ahead of all three. It's not even fair how much better it is.

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                JFores RE: hiddenboston Mar 3, 2008 03:11 PM

                Oh yeah, Patsy's on its best day and Totonno's despite it's plummeting standards are both worlds better than what you've had at the above two. Lombardi's and Grimaldi's are purely tourist food and bad tourist food at that.

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                  heightsfamily RE: JFores Mar 3, 2008 03:24 PM

                  I second Lomardi's as "great" pie, and add Fascati's as "not".

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                    jdf RE: heightsfamily Mar 3, 2008 05:50 PM

                    Who actually puts Fascati's on a list with the other places mentioned here that it needs to be pointed out? Its good for a local pizzeria in Brooklyn Heights, but I don't think anyone is touting it as more than that.

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                      heightsfamily RE: jdf Mar 4, 2008 02:11 PM

                      Fascati's is not even good local pizza.

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                    bhill RE: JFores Mar 4, 2008 01:33 PM

                    One less person in line... alright by me.

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                      MRich RE: JFores Mar 4, 2008 05:53 PM

                      I used to put Lombardi's at the top of pizza lists, but since they expanded they've dropped considerably. Good, but not great. Grimaldi's gets no consideration in my book.

                      This weekend I enjoyed L&B and Anthony's, both very very good. Drove right by Totonno's without stopping and nearly cried.

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                        hiddenboston RE: MRich Mar 4, 2008 06:54 PM

                        Anthony's is in Park Slope, right? Darn, I was near there on 9th Street yesterday--wish I had known about it. Oh well, maybe next time...I'm unfamiliar with the area where L&B is located--that's near Bensonhurst? Does anyone else like these two places? I may need to hit at least one of them when I'm back in Brooklyn in a couple of months.

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                          JFores RE: hiddenboston Mar 5, 2008 02:37 AM

                          L&B is pretty good; it was sort of our nabe pizzeria. We'd head over there late at night and so forth. Their square is good, but nothing amazing and the sauce is ungodly acidic.

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                      resa44 RE: hiddenboston Mar 5, 2008 07:03 AM

                      How about Original Pizza in Mills Basin around the corner from Landis?

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                        racer x RE: hiddenboston Apr 17, 2008 06:02 PM

                        I don't know what I was thinking, but I actually went by Grimaldi's last Saturday at 8:15pm. 8pm on Saturday is not the time to go there. It's become even more popular than I remember from when I used to go there regularly years ago. I counted over 70 people waiting to get in outside! And that included people who just wanted to order a pizza to go!

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