I had to go down to Dumbo to purchase some things, and happened across Grimaldis.. I guess there is some sort of disputer (or was), with Patsys, the legendary Pizza parlor uptown. This place was started by Pasqual Lancieri's nephew. The Patsys name has been purchased, and apparently lowered by bad fare. Not so Grimaldis..
Name stuff aside:
Whole pies only.. The joint is just like any other parlor, not a one of the 20+ pictures on the wall hung straight, basic decor, etc.. the pizza preparation area is set-up like a one ring circus in the middle of the room, to the rear, makes you feel like you're eating in the antechamber of the artists studio..
I had a 21" with the roasted sweet peppers ($12.00+$4.00) and a coke. (16 oz bottle with glass)
The pizza was cooked _fast_ considering that the place was 1/3 capacity or so.. the service is just real friendly, not professional, but just nice.
The pie was pretty perfect.. NYC is supposed to be famous for pizza, but I think that's only because of a few good joints, like this one. It came out with a dense stream of steam wafting up. The pie is thin, and not very greasy, but tastes wonderful. It was "pre-flavoured" with bits of oregano, basil leaves, and chopped garlic. The sauce is not too sweet, very tomato-e, and the mix of cheeses is great. I don't know what the very white cheese they use is, that looks like white paint, but there was a very unique, rich flavour here.. Crust was not too big, you didn't feel like you were filling up on bread.
I would not recommend re-heating this stuff.. I took a break from chowing (I'm only 140 Lbs, I don't even know where 21" of pizza went!), and found that the pizza is not good cold.. started to taste like a wet rag. Some other mediocre pizzas can hold there own when cold.. this is not a breakfast pizza.
They also have brooklyn brewery beers (at least a banner), and other bottled brews.. basic to quite good red/white wines ($45 bottle Amarone, Bolla) , glass, bottle, carafe.
Find your way down here to show out of towners what real pizza is.
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