My husband woke up craving pizza.  We found an article by Alan Richman, from the June 2009 edition of GQ, claiming Lucali’s in Brooklyn to be the 2nd best pizza place in the country. Unfortunately, it isn’t open Saturday afternoons.  Instead we decided to brave the crowds and head to Grimaldi’s under the Brooklyn Bridge.  It was a gorgeous day so we didn’t mind the wait outside and it was 3pm, so the wait ended up only being about 30 mins.  Having run 9 miles earlier in the day, I already ate lunch as I was starving.  I figured I’d just have a bite of whatever Jayson ordered… well, the pizza was much better than I had expected and I ended up eating 2 slices!  The mushroom pepperoni pizza was delicious and worth the the wait.  The sauce and cheese was evenly displaced and the crust was a perfect thinness.

Interestingly, as we queuing up, we noticed a building next door that is soon to be another pizza place called “Juliana’s” by Patsy Grimaldi.  After further investigation, we found out  that the current Grimaldi’s hasn’t been owned by a Grimaldi since 1998 and now Patsy Grimaldi wants to reopen a his own pizza place.  Another side note and interesting fact, the original Patsy’s Pizzera in East Harlem was opened by Grimaldi’s aunt and is where he learned how to make pizza.

Julianna’s isn’t open just yet, but I will be sure to do my own taste test to see the difference between the two. Stay tuned …


About cara protzko

A wanderlust at heart, I believe there is no better city to explore than NYC. With so much culture to experience, both old and new, my mission is to share my under the radar findings to enhance the experiences of the locals and the full-time NYC wanderers. I want my experiences and this blog be your go-to place for insider tips as you travel and explore this great city.
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