Day 31, 2007: Grimaldi's (Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn)
LOCATION: Grimaldi's (Front Street and Old Fulton Street, Brooklyn Heights, BROOKLYN)
GUEST(S): Mark Lee, Ruby Marez, Robin Rothman
ORDER: 1 slice of cheese, 1 slice of pepperoni
PIZZA REPORT: Wonderful. Grimaldi's proves when the best ingredients are prepared using the best cooking methods, the best pizza will result. All of my slices contained fresh mozzarella cheese, a touch of olive oil, San Marzano tomato sauce, shredded basil leaves, and superbly cooked coal-fired brick oven crust. I know this because it is all done in plain view. The one thing I could not see was the secret blend of Italian spices added to the sauce. Man, I'd love to know that secret. What I do know is that Grimaldi's is the gold standard for pizza. My Margherita slice was a tad underdone, but even underdone Grimaldi's is still pretty darn good.
ATMOSPHERE:The line is long, the seats are cramped, the waiters are forgetful, the service is rushed, and the music volume is loud at times. But, don't sweat the small stuff and once you take a bite into a Grimaldi's pizza, everything else is exactly that - "small stuff". These are Pizza people, not People people. There's a reason for the long line so what are you waiting for? Get in it! Oh, and bring about $12 per person (cash only) for your fill of pizza (with tax and tip, without drinks).
VERDICT: 4.5 out of 5
MISC:1. This was the last pizza day so I had some fun editting Ruby Marez, Robin Rothman, and Mark Lee in their costumes dancing to the dance music.
2. The music was courtesy of a mariachi band we randomly bumped into after walking across the Brooklyn Bridge (which is utterly amazing). If anyone knows the name of the song they are singing, please let me know!