Chowhounds have had few kind words in recent years for Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Brooklyn. But the minichain’s newest location sounds like a different story. stuartlafonda, one of the many who lament the decline of the Brooklyn shop, says Grimaldi’s in Douglaston, Queens, turns out a very good coal-oven pie.
The fresh mozzarella is quite decent, the sauce is tasty and just sweet enough, and the crust is superthin, very crisp, and touched with smoke from the oven, stuart writes. It may not be worth a long trip, he adds, but in a corner of Queens that’s short on destination pizza, the new Grimaldi’s is a welcome addition, on a par with Salvatore’s, a hound-endorsed coal-oven joint a few miles east in Port Washington.
The problem with this place is its location, buried deep inside an anonymous strip mall by the Long Island Expressway. “They will get some help from the overflow from the movie theatre,” stuart figures, “but it is not an easy place to find.”
242-02 61st Avenue (near Little Neck Parkway), Douglaston, Queens
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