I have been eating Patsy Grimaldi's pizza for a long, long time. How long? Long enough to have thoroughly enjoyed his pizza before the added emotional spice of pizza lawsuits. Long enough to have eaten the pies that he himself made in the original incarnation of Grimaldi's, back in 1990 when it was still called Patsy's. Long enough to have engaged in lengthy conversations with Patsy and his wife Carol at the Corona Heights Pork Store, where they used to buy their mozzarella and sausage from Frankie Capezza in the '90s. Long enough to know that Patsy started to learn his craft in 1941 at his uncle's East Harlem pizzeria, the truly original Patsy's. So you can imagine how excited I was when I heard that Patsy and Carol were coming out of retirement and embarking on yet another comeback, returning to run the show at his original location under yet another name: Juliana's, after his late mother.
'Juliana's' on Serious Eats
You know the original Grimaldi's location under the Brooklyn Bridge is being forced out after a landlord dispute, leaving behind its coal oven. You also know that the landlord said earlier this week that he was turning over the lease to someone "very well known." Turns out it's gonna be Patsy Grimaldi.
The Eater NY has a couple good pieces of intel today. First, that Artichoke Basille's will open a West Side operation in the old Red Rock West Saloon space on Tenth Avenue and 17th Street. It'll be a sit-down restaurant, which is a little scary, seeing as how the original location on 14th Street near First is notorious for service—and that's take-out only. Second, that Patsy Grimaldi is looking to open a new coal-oven place to be called Juliana's. The Eater item doesn't mention where Grimaldi might open, only that he's looking for a space....