Grimaldi's Pizza - Garden City, NY

Grimaldi's is one of our regular spots, and it's easy to understand why - if you are looking for classic, old-school, coal-fired, brick-oven New York pizza, this is the only place to go in Long Island. And we are lucky enough to live five minutes away!

The original Grimaldi's is located under the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn. It is famous for its long lines and "no slice" rule - meaning you can only order whole pies, not slices. I must admit I have not visited the Brooklyn location but I am told the pizza at the other Grimaldi's locations are comparable. I have been to Lombardi's on Spring St. in Manhattan, known as the first pizza place in the U.S., and Grimaldi's pizza is on par in quality and style.

What makes Grimaldi's pizza so great is the simplicity, quality of the ingredients and the perfect texture and flavor to the crust that you can only get from a coal-brick oven. The crust is very thin, with a nice olive-oil flavor to it, just chewy enough on the inside but on the outside, nice and crunchy, slightly charred in some spots from its short time in the oven. The oven is so hot, the pizzas cook very quickly. The pizza is topped with crushed San Marzano tomatoes, rounds of fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and olive oil. Nothing else is necessary. It truly is pizza perfection.

Our favorite feature of the Grimaldi's in Garden City is their excellent happy hour specials. They have a decent-sized bar with flat-screen TVs, and every day from 4-7 p.m. they offer a $5 happy hour menu: Personal pies (12 inches!) are only $5 (usually $9), as are their salads and several appetizers. The tap beer is only $3 and all wines and mixed drinks are $1 off.  It's such a great deal, two people can eat an entire meal for under $20. The bartenders are also very friendly so that adds to the experience.

For appetizers, we usually order the Mixed Green Salad and the Mini Meatballs in Red Sauce. The meatballs are very simple but have great flavor. It is also a huge portion!

Mini Meatball appetizer
Mixed Green Salad: Romaine,
roasted red peppers, red onion,
green olives, mushrooms, cherry
tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette

Overall, Grimaldi's is a great neighborhood spot for excellent pizza, friendly service and a relaxing atmosphere.


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