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Grimaldi's Pizza: not for me

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Grimaldi's Pizza: not for me

Steve R. | Apr 23, 2004 10:23 AM

Hadnt been there in a year or so and the opportunity presented itself last night so my wife and I went. I know that this will seem sacriligous to some but our dinner was almost totally worthless.

Tables were filled by 6:30pm. Looked like mostly tourists, with maps in hand. We didnt want to share an entire bottle of wine so we opted for 2 glasses @ $4.00. We got what we paid for. Shoulda gone for a $25 bottle of chianti and left half over. We ordered one cold antipasta and got 4 slices of mozz. (reasonably good, not great), four thin deli slices of cold cuts (salami?: almost tasteless), 4 large green olives (salty), and lots of marinated red peppers (good, but not better than the ones I can get in jars). That's it for $10. I started missing Christardi's. Then we split one large pizza with onions and mushrooms ($14 + $2/topping = $18). Chewy crust (no coal fired brick oven taste or texture), tasteless tomato topping, decent mozz. cheese (same as in the app.), and a light helping of supermarket mushrooms (fresh, not canned, at least, but not sauteed first or prepared in any way) & sliced onions. Overall, almost without taste. All I can say is that it was filling. My wife and I both think (as incredible as this may seem) that our infrequent antipasto and pizza orders from La Traviata and Buon Gusto on Montegue St. are better! I wouldnt even dream of comparing it to Savoia or Casserta Vecchia.
So...does anyone else think that they're running solely on reputation?

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