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Feb 5, 2009 11:23 AM

NY Pizzeria now open for business in Houston

Grimaldi's, famed NYC/NJ Pizzeria is now open for dinner. Using a 14ton coal fired oven left on 24/7 they will open for lunch beginning in March. Dinner only for now as they begin to perfect the menu/product. I hear the Brooklyn Managment has just given the Sugarland Mgmt a couple of thumbs up on their recent opening. Go to B4UEat for Menu and Profile. Lets hope they open another location inside the loop!


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  1. There's one opening at La Cantera in SA also. The key to a good crust apparently is the water, hopefully they will get it right.

    1. How annoying to start something that exciting outside the loop. It might be closer than Russo's Coal Fired, eh? Thank God Texas is starting to get really good pizza....

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      1. re: superluckycat

        Headed to the burbs last night, Grimaldi's my destination. With a 25 minute wait for a table I decided to order a large pep "to go" w/salad and canoli. Well, it was a 25 minute wait for my order,, I jumped in my car pointed to Dallas/Waugh and tried to resist touching my pizza until home. Easier said then done,, three slices consumed before I landed in my garage,, I polished off another two slices after I warmed them up a bit. I think we should petition Grimaldi's and demand they open another location in town! The canoli was irrestible too! So glad the price for gallon of gas is down!

      2. Hit Grimaldis last night and came away satisfied. Pizza is up there but not above my other favorites.: Rizzi's, Pinks, Russo's and Romano's are my fav's along with this one. If you are a crispy crust person then Grimaldi's is the place. I would suggest no more than 2 toppings. Here is what I came away with. Flavor was not quite as good as Rizzi's and russo's. Sauce is subtle but of good quality. Crust stayed crispy the whole time and had a good char to it. Atmosphere wise it is the best of the lot by a hug margin. there is a bar that open up to outside overlooking the very nice water features of this part of first Colony mall. Prices are on the high side but who cares, $20 can still feed 4 people with he same tast in pizza.
        Huge plus is a gelato place right next door.

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        1. re: jscarbor

          Yeah,, its a different "style" of NY pizza,, more in line with Lombardi's in Little Italy or say Da Baffetto's in Rome,, rather than the other pizzeria's in NYC and Romano's here. All good, in fact Romano's on West Gray with Frankie and Vinnie running the show and Luigi (from Naples) pulling those pies out,, its "home"... But Grimaldi's,, a different league. The Brooklyn location (at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge) is better than what we have here.... Just a different vibe and the pizza's just,, better. Put Frankie and Vinnie in Grimaldi's here,, its "showtime"!

          1. re: bornie

            Oh, jscarbor,,, Pink's just opened down the road from me on W.Gray... How would u describe their pies,, NY, Chicago, St Louis? Compared to Romano's?? thx

            1. re: bornie

              I'll try not to be a hater anymore, because I know a lot of people around here like Pink's a lot. Only been to the Heights location. Great ingredients, mediocre crust (conveyer oven). Romanos is waaaaaaay better.

              1. re: bornie

                its just a regular pie really. i have only had the sausage, right after the hurrican and one other time at a party and loved it. It would most closely resmemble NY style really.
                Yes, if the Romano's guys were working Grimaldi's it would be the best by far.

                Bulldozer, you might be right. not a big enough smaple size for me.