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millefeuille Dec 6, 2010 01:00 PM

Checked out the new Grimaldi's location for a take-out pie. Very promising -- nice char, good crispness. Pizzas are placed in a giant paper bag, which is a bit unusual. Looking forward to trying again soon.

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Grimaldi's
133 Clinton St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

  1. wench31 Dec 6, 2010 07:26 PM

    Is this the same Grimaldis as the one in NY? If so, what's the address?

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    Grimaldi's
    133 Clinton St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

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    1. re: wench31
      equal_Mark Dec 7, 2010 04:40 AM

      Yep: http://www.grimaldispizzapasta.com/

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        MichelleM131 Dec 7, 2010 08:54 AM

        We went last Tuesday with our kids. The place is adorable. They have a liquor license, which is a plus, because who doesn't love beer with their pizza? The pizza was alright. I've never been to Grimaldi's in brooklyn, but have seen a bunch of tv shows about them and was very excited to try. We ordered one pizza with sausage and mushrooms and one half pepperoni half plain. The crust had a nice char but the middle of the pizza was raw. As in, still can taste the flour raw. I am perhaps spoiled by Nunzio's crust, which holds up nice and firm with any toppings. Certainly this is a different type of pizza, using fresh mozzarella and a coal burning oven, but I feel the crust could've used another few minutes in the oven.

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        Grimaldi's
        133 Clinton St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

        1. re: MichelleM131
          Bob Martinez Dec 7, 2010 10:01 AM

          The Grimaldi's in Brooklyn is not well regarded by NYers but tourists love it.

          "There are long lines! It must be great!" No, it's not.

          Still the place in Highlands deserves to be judged on it's own. Maybe they need time to work out the kinks.

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          Grimaldi's
          133 Clinton St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

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            MichelleM131 Dec 7, 2010 10:25 AM

            True. I really wanted to like it because I really enjoyed the space. We were the only ones in their, as well. Hence, the staff was also very attentive and even gave my kids some pizza dough while we waited for our food.

            1. re: MichelleM131
              Bob Martinez Dec 7, 2010 10:27 AM

              It's hard to beat Nunzio's for atmosphere. :-)

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                sockster Dec 7, 2010 06:17 PM

                Bob, +1 for Nuzio's pizza, and atmosphere...and don't forget Snookie :-)

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              Gold Dec 8, 2010 04:39 AM

              Sorry i have to totally disagree. The Grimaldi's in Brooklyn has excellent pizza. Now the one in Hoboken...No

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              Grimaldi's
              133 Clinton St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

              1. re: Gold
                Bob Martinez Dec 8, 2010 05:01 AM

                Here's a recent thread written by NYers -
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/690174?tag=search_results;results_list

                And my take on another thread -
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                Do yourself a favor and skip it. It's not terrible but it's middling at best. If God reached down and picked the place up and put it down anywhere else in the city and the name was changed it would be considered a decent neighborhood pizzeria, nothing more. The long line don't mean it's good - just that it has a reputation among tourists.

                By all means take a walk over the Brooklyn bridge. Then go to Fascati's.

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7268...
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                As I said above, the outpost in Highlands deserves to be judged on it's own merits.

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                  roro1831 Dec 8, 2010 02:27 PM

                  There are now two in Hoboken. I thought the pizza was good at the new location, but the price was ridiculous.

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                    coldsolderjoint Dec 17, 2010 06:32 AM

                    I checked out the Highlands Location last night with my Fiancee, and overall, it was a great experience. They have a parking lot which is a huge plus, have a bar which is also a plus for a drink with dinner, and don't have to worry about BYOB. The inside is nice and cozy (thats a plus mainly for my future wife, I could eat in a cardboard box if the food was good), and it nice that you can see the coal oven and pizza guys as you walk in.

                    Service was great, and the boss? (owner?) kept checking on everyone throughout the meal to make sure everyone was doing well.

                    For starters we had the meatball appetizer (which came with house made ficochia bread, which was doughy.. but in a good way).. sauce tasted fresh and a bit tart. Meatballs where pretty large actually.

                    The salad that came with my GF's pasta was fresh, nicely proportioned, and the dressing was a nice compliment, not over powering. She commented that they used some "wierd" olives.. saying they where like "candied" or something.. but i don't eat olives, so I didn't investigate.

                    Her penne vodka pasta entree was nicely done, perfectly aldente, sauce was nice and creamy, but still had the classic penne vodka taste. Served with the house made ficohia again. with a few added shakes of salt, she loved it.

                    The pizza was in our opinion excellent. When it first arrived, the crust was black in some areas, and she worried it was burnt, but it turned out to be awesome the way they prepared it. The crust was a perfect balance between too crispy and not crispy, The large pie (18") was more than enough food (we ended up taking home 3 or 4 slices). I think the sauce was a different recipe because it was a much richer sauce, and complimented the crust and toppings very well. The mozzerella tasted nice and fresh and there was the right amount on the pizza, not too cheesy, but also not to saucy. You get your money's worth for the 2 bucks extra for the sausage topping. Ground sausage was plentifully distributed across the pizza, tasted fresh, and full of flavor, but not too much grease. The basil leaves randomly placed on the pizza only added to the wonderful flavors.

                    At the end of our meal, the waitress individually wrapped each of our slices in foil for us (Very nice! Now I don't have to do it when I get home! :-) ) I did see another table getting one of those giant paper bags, but we only had a few slices left.

                    We didn't have any alcoholic drinks, so I can't comment on the bar, the price was a little expensive (35 plus tip), but I think this is a much different establishment than your local pizzeria on the corner. It was worth it in my opinion.

                    This is only my first time going to this place, so a second or more trips will be required to give it a definite "must-go" for me.. but if they can keep the consistency the same as they did last night, they will easily beat out the other two competitors in the area in my book.

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                      MichelleM131 Dec 17, 2010 04:10 PM

                      I'm wondering if they have perfected their cooking process: was it crispy in the middle of the pizza as well?

                      @Bob: Is Snookie the owner of Nunzio's with the light hair? She said the other day she's been there fifty two years. Amazing.

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                        coldsolderjoint Dec 18, 2010 05:22 PM

                        alittle crispy on the bottom, nice in the middle.

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                          sockster Dec 19, 2010 05:40 AM

                          Yes, that's Snookie. She's almost a cartoon character. Also seems to genuinely care for her customers. Great pizza too!!

                          1. re: MichelleM131
                            Bob Martinez Dec 20, 2010 05:55 AM

                            Wow - 52 years. She looks a lot younger than that.

                            I've got a bunch of pictures of Nunzio's - I'll find the right thread and post them.

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                              JustJake Dec 31, 2010 05:37 AM

                              There is one and only one Snookie, and she holds court at Nunzio's. I love her.

                          2. re: roro1831
                            HeyDeliciousBlog Jan 1, 2011 11:58 AM

                            It's the price you pay to eat in Hoboken :) I love Grimaldi's though. I live near the 2nd and Clinton location and get a pie at least twice a month.

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                            Grimaldi's
                            133 Clinton St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

                            1. re: HeyDeliciousBlog
                              ttoommyy Jan 19, 2011 09:09 AM

                              I too live near that location in Hoboken, but I find the atmosphere and pizza better at the new Washington Street location. Sitting at the bar with an individual pizza, a bottle of wine and Emmet as your bartender is a great experience.

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                    Psmono63 Dec 19, 2010 04:33 AM

                    Get rid of the bags!!!!! By the time I got it home, it was cold! Pizza was great (even cold). But honestly $40 for two pies?

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                      JustJake Dec 31, 2010 05:39 AM

                      That's way too much $$$ for pie, and never, I repeat NEVER take a pie home from anywhere. If you don't eat it there, if there are no tables (eat it in your car, on the curb or a park bench).

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                        tommy Dec 31, 2010 07:00 AM

                        Have you had pizza here?

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                          JustJake Jan 1, 2011 01:34 PM

                          Sorry Tommy, but NO. It's in the Higlands that's a half hour ride with the bridge or going backroads thru Rumson/Navesink, and if I'm going to travel for pie, it'll be Trenton. But for local stuff, Nunzios, Denino's (and that's a 20 minute ride for me) or Vesuvios.

                          $40???? still way too much for a 2 pies. Sorry.

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                    McSmith Dec 30, 2010 07:35 AM

                    We love, love, love Grimaldi's in Highlands, even though its not very close to home. We've been going with the kids and sometimes meeting other families for dinner since it opened. The pizzas are crunchy and fantastic with fresh moz. The chopped salad could use a little more dressing. I agree that the place is cozy but on the nights we've been there, dates don't seem to be bothered by our group, so the accoustics must be good. There is a nice small bar in front.

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                      Mandaamea45 Sep 14, 2012 05:36 PM

                      Must disagree our pizzas have actually been burned on the bottom, we used to get them, they were great! But the last 3 were down right burned. When you spent $23.00 on 1 pizza, think they should be able to keep an eye on high long they leave it in the oven:)

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                      millefeuille Apr 4, 2011 08:49 AM

                      Update -- visted again this weekend -- the pizza at the Highlands Grimaldi's is officially excellent. Had a white pie with ricotta and a plain pie -- both were delicious. The dough was airy and chewy with a lovely crisp, burnished bite. Was sparsely populated during Sunday dinner -- hope the community gives Grimaldi's the support its deserves.
                      Used to frequent the Clinton street location in Hoboken and these pizzas were superior to those at the Hoboken location.

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                      Grimaldi's
                      133 Clinton St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

                      1. equal_Mark Apr 4, 2011 10:58 AM

                        Blurb in their website states that their coal burns cleaner than natural gas. Kinda calls into question any other claims they might be making...

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                          carlylecat May 19, 2011 01:05 PM

                          We dropped in after getting off SeaStreak a few weeks back...the place was clean and fresh, our server was friendly, especially in teeling us they were cash only and had an atm on site...

                          The pizza was unique, I did not like it very much but my wife loved it...so it goes with pizza....The crust is coal fired and burnt and I liked that, it did not have a lot of salt in the dough and I did not like that....The pie was half onion and mushroom and half cheese...the cheese was fresh mozz and it was delivered on to the pie in large circles, leaving some parts of the pie uncovered with cheese, the sauce was sweet and relatively think....it really was more like a pie than what I think of as a traditional pizza which is covered in cheese

                          As I said my wife really liked it and has now been back twice with her friends...I woudl go to join others but if I want Pizza I am going to drive to Long Branch and get one from Freddie's

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                          Mandaamea45 Sep 14, 2012 05:29 PM

                          I MUST disagree with you. We live a few blks from there. The last 3 pizza's we have ordered from there, have gotten blacker, and down right burned. We were very happy previously. Don't know if it's a new cook, or different management! But they have definitely gone down hill, as of THIS POST! EXTREMELY disappointed. :( I am referring to the highland, NJ location

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                            drongo Sep 15, 2012 02:41 PM

                            Grimaldi's uses a coal-fired oven that's very hot, which makes it tricky to get the pizza just right (cooked through but exterior not too charred). Sounds like they've lost control of the sweet spot.

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                            coldsolderjoint Jun 5, 2013 10:55 PM

                            Anyone know when/if they are planning to rebuild after the storm?

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                              equal_Mark Jun 6, 2013 08:49 AM

                              I talked to the folks at the Clifton location a few months ago and they claimed the Highlands location was aiming for Memorial Day reopening. Just called them today and now they have no idea. Meanwhile the Highlands branch website is down and the phone is no longer in service. Not looking good...

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                                coldsolderjoint Jun 6, 2013 11:15 AM

                                :-( I really liked their pizza

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