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Best pizza I've had in years...hands down. Grimaldi's Bell Tower Fort Myers

LilMsFoodie Dec 8, 2010 04:01 AM

I've been to the Grimaldi's in Brooklyn years ago and it was great.

I've been to the Grimaldi's in Bell Tower 3 times since it opened in November and each time the pizza has been delicious. The pizza has a flavorful thin crust that is perfectly browned. Very little sauce and not too much cheese, no gooey, cheap cheesy mess like most pizzas here and everywhere for that matter. The cheese is fresh mozzarella, the toppings are the real thing.

The beer is super cold, another plus when eating pizza. They have a fairly good wine list for a pizzeria. The decor is whimsical, recalling subways, old New York and speakeasy type places. The staff is young but well trained. We were at a fundraiser at Bell Tower the night of the gas line explosion. Grimaldi's had only been opened a few days but they handled the onslaught exceptionally well (using a coal oven, they were one of the only restaurants able to serve)

One question: is it really the WATER that makes the difference in that crust? LMF

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Grimaldis Pizzeria
13499 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33907

  1. Suzie Dec 13, 2010 03:10 AM

    I agree! We just tried it for the first time yesterday and it was great pizza! We will be back.

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    1. re: Suzie
      LilMsFoodie Feb 4, 2011 05:27 AM

      Taste of New York Pizza which had been operating at Bell Tower for 20 years has closed. It had been moribund for years and never upgraded although every other place in the mall had done so. When Bell Tower leased space to Grimaldi's, they were gone in about a month.

    2. srsone Feb 4, 2011 07:07 AM

      re..water..
      i think it makes a difference...
      i have always thought the water in florida tastes nasty...
      we used to get water from a spring on my great-uncles land and it tasted great..
      water from granite bedrock is different then sulfuricky hard water we have here...

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        TuteTibiImperes Feb 13, 2011 02:13 PM

        I just tried Grimaldi's today, and I can attest that it is excellent. I was a big fan of Taste of New York, and it's a shame it is no longer open, the pizza was great, and they had a nice assortment of other options while Grimaldi's menu is very limited.

        Still, the pizza at Grimaldi's is probably a little bit better. The sauce is fresh and flavorful, the cheese is creamy, and the toppings are fresh. I ordered a pepperoni and mushroom pizza, and the mushrooms were fresh and the pepperoni cut thick with nice spice. It's a little bit pricey, but not unreasonable given the quality of the product.

        My other two favorite Ft. Myers pizza joints are Downtown House of Pizza and Birdie's, though I haven't had either recently enough to tell for sure if Grimaldi's is definitively better. Compared to Birdie's it's less greasy and lighter, but sometimes a greasy slice of NY style pizza is just what the doctor ordered.

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        Downtown House of Pizza
        1520 Hendry St, Fort Myers, FL 33901

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        1. re: TuteTibiImperes
          LilMsFoodie Feb 15, 2011 07:15 AM

          when did you last eat at Taste of New York? They were using such cheap ingredients for the past three years it was inedible.

          Bell Tower has had their tennants on an upgrade cycle throughout the recession but there was no upgrade in the physical plant or menu. They needed to close.

          We used to order occasionally from DT House of Pizza when I worked in the River District. I never thought it very good at all. Rubber mozzarella and a tasteless crust. Different strokes I guess. I'm thinking you and I will almost always come down on opposite sides. I always read your posts. :-) LMF

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            TuteTibiImperes Feb 15, 2011 10:03 AM

            I have to think back now. It's probably been a couple years since I had the pizza at Taste of NY - I just don't go down to the Bell Tower as often as I used to since I moved from the Villas to up in East Ft Myers. I do remember that Taste of New York was a revelation to me the first time I tried it - it was the first pizza I'd had in SWFL that came close to what I used to be able to get around Philly. Of course, that could speak of how bad Hungry Howie's is as much as how good T of NY was.

            On a similar note, with DTHoP I used to stop in and grab a slice with some friends after going to some of the clubs downtown, so I'm sure first being exposed while a bit tipsy might have colored my judgement a bit, but I've had takeout from DTHoP since, and always been impressed, I actually thought the crust was one of the best parts - crispy outside, chewy inside, and just a little bit of char.

            I don't want to diminish Grimaldi's by mentioning the other places though - I was really impressed by Grimaldi's pizza, and like I said above, I think the pizza itself is even better than the last time I had T of NY, I just wish they had a slightly more expansive menu, but I suppose there is something to be said for doing one thing and doing it really well.

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