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Grimaldi's Coal Brick Oven Pizzeria.....$5 Bucks For Bread? What's Up With That?

fourunder | | May 21, 2012 10:01 AM

Before I go any further, please note I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and would definitely go back....... regardless of the $5 bread charge.

I don't often go to new restaurants, preferring to allow them to get the kinks out first, but after golf yesterday with my nephew and his friends, they wanted to go out for pizza and this place was only a slight detour to get to.....Since it was before 6:00 PM, we figured the wait would not be very long, and we were correct, as we were seated immediately.

The menu is very limited with pizza, Calzone.....and a handful of appetizers, salads and entrees. They also listed a few daily specials in addition.

All in all, the food was good and the portions seemed very large for what was ordered ( and what I viewed of items from passing and on other tables ) fact, I would say pricing is down right inexpensive and very cheap for family dining or sharing with others.....without any loss of quality suffered in products served. Pizza and Entrees start at $10-12 dollars. Toppings for pizza are $2-4 dollars.

We ordered three items....

One Antipasto ( $12 ): Genoa Salami, Fresh Mozzarella, Roma Tomatoes, Oven Roasted Red Peppers, Sicilian Olives and Artichoke Hearts. .... Served with Romaine Lettuce, but our plate did not come with the Oven Roasted Red Peppers and no mention was made of the omission.

Two Large Pizzas, 18 Inches: ( $10 ): Sausage Topping ( $2 )

Plain Cheese with Fresh Mozzarella and three small leaves of fresh Basil

Sausage and Fresh Mozzarella and three small leaves of fresh Basil. The sausage is crumble style and had nice flavor.

Points to note:

Looks like a nice bar with tables available for dining

Upon entering, there is a large Salad Bar cover with Linen....looks strange, remnants of the old Charlie Brown Restaurant. I would suggest they display some fresh produce or some other items they use on their menu. The current display is an eyesore.

Service is warm and friendly, but food coming out of the kitchen needs polishing.

i don't quite understand the toppings price structure on Jalapeno Peppers and Extra Grated Cheese...sausage, pepperoni and bacon are ( $2-3 )......the Jalapeno Peppers are ( $4 )....and the Grated Cheese is ( $1 )......the latter is on the table for free

The FIVE DOLLAR bread charge. ...there is no bread offered when you sit down. After receiving the Antipasto, a request was made for bread. The reply was bread was only served with entrees and there would be a $5 charge for bread otherwise. Although I respect the right of any business to set it's policies, this one seems a little silly to me. I'm pretty sure many like myself like bread with their salad. There's also two other traditional appetizers on the menu....Meatballs in Red Sauce and Eggplant Rollatini....both which many, like myself, would like to be served with bread. Given that an entree is only $10-12, and served with bread...the question begs, is the $5 amount used to calculate the food cost value of the menu item , or to recover costs? For the record it's a stupid question to ask, and be asked. instead of my memory of a pleasant experience and enjoyed my food, I am left instead with the thought of being charged for bread. I guess I should be grateful the charge was disclosed before it was served. Now I'll know their policy for the future.

With regards to the bread charge, in comparison, you can order the following for 2-3 dollars more....
* 12 inch Personal Pizza for ( $6 )
* 16 inch Small Pizza for ( $8 )
* 12 inch personal White for ( $8 )

Without knowing what the bread will actually look like and if it would be served with a Tapenade, Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Real Butter....... I do realize it's like comparing apple to's just that bread is often given for free or a nominal charge......I do not consider bread at $5 to be nominal, considering the pricing of the rest of the menu.

btw...I declined to order the bread....but I will be back.


1296 Van Houten Ave
Clifton, NJ 07013
(973) 777-0061