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Mediocrity, thy name is Grimaldi's


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Mediocrity, thy name is Grimaldi's

fmogul | | Jul 8, 2007 04:09 AM

I know, I know. This isn't exactly a revelation. Sort of like complaining about Applebee's. Still, I need to vent.

Thought we'd give it another try after a few years. We came back from Governor's Island -- which is awesome, btw -- and initially were going to ferry over to Red Hook for any number of possibilities. Our Jackson Heights friend quite reasonably worried about getting home, so we decided to ferry over to Fulton Landing instead (F train nearby or ferry hop to L.I.C. and the 7) and get some pizza and ice cream.

The Grimaldi's line was insane, of course, but we phoned in a pickup order to bring to the park to continue our lazing-by-the-water day. I thought by requesting "extra crisp -- burned, even," we might avoid The Dreaded Sog. No-go. Heavy, thick, chewy, soggy dough. Milled tomato sauce, fresh basil and semi-(pseudo?) fresh mozzarella were okay, fire-burned outer crust showed hints of potential greatness, but mostly it was more lame than the average corner slice joint. I've been trying to reduce my pizza consumption (who'm I kidding?!), and this was some seriously wasted calories.

Anyone want to defend them? Anyone with any taste ever go here -- and brave that absurb line -- TWICE? If you're out there, stand up and make the case!

Epilogue: You want a line worth waiting on and an arguably overpriced product worth every cent? Damn, that Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory makes some killer stuff. No fancy flavors, just amazing, simple, rich and tasty ice cream. I was in New England over the Fourth and went out of my way to have some of the best homemade ice cream around, but the peach, strawberry and coffee at Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory topped them all. It redeems the whole Grimaldi's debacle.

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