the battle of the pizza

me and patsy

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:

the pizza

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!

wood stove

Thank you for some great pizza Patsy!

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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