Last year I wrote about my palatial experience at Grimaldi’s and talked about the history of the chain as well as the upcoming opening of the original Grimaldi’s owner new pizza joint next door.
My husband and I took it upon ourselves to subjectively compare the “old” and the “older” creations of the pizza. This past Labor Day, we walked past the long line, of what I would guess could be a 45 minute wait time, outside of Grimaldi’s to the visit the new restaurant by the original Grimaldi’s pizza maker – Juliana’s.
You might be asking yourself which is which, I wanted the know the same thing. With the opening of Juliana’s (Grimaldi’s new joint) receiving quite a lot of press, I found a great spread in the New York Magazine that provided the most extensive coverage of the history of the pizza that has made a global presence as well as the Patsy’s / Grimaldi’s / (and now) Juliana’s story. It’s a great piece of NY history. You can read it here: http://grubstreet.com/2012/10/pizza-legend-patsy-grimaldi-gets-his-good-name-back.html
In the meantime, I will get to the point – skip the long wait and disregard the fact that Grimaldi’s is probably on of the list of places you must eat at and go straight to Juliana’s. Original always supersedes everything. Juliana’s was great. And although, it was a “new” restaurant with newly renovated decor, the interior feels like its been there forever. And they are doing very well at keep it old-school with that family operated feel – you even know the name of the person that made your pizza that night!
Thank you for some great pizza Patsy!