Like I’ve mentioned in my Food and Drink Bucket List, Coal Brick Oven Pizza is important to try at least once in your life, and I also recommend eating it more than a dozen times after that.
When I was a little girl, my family went to Patsy’s under the Brooklyn Bridge. We had pizza and Cherry Lime Rickey Snapples (they don’t make them anymore), and it was a simple, yet perfect meal. Now, the restaurant is called Patsy Grimaldi’s instead of Patsy’s because of copyright infringement. However, a family member opened up another location in Garden City, N.Y. , so we were able to get Grimaldi’s pizza closer to home.
To start out the meal, we ordered the Portobello Napoleon which is a layered, warm salad. It starts with a bed of arugula, then roasted red peppers, fresh mozzarella, a portobello mushroom topped with melted Swiss cheese and a balsamic reduction. The plate was not big, so it was probably only enough for two, but we were having lunch, so it was enough for three. It was a nice mix of salty, sweet and tangy. Even with the mozzarella, it was very light.
Then, the pizza came, and you can only order it by the pie, so we got half plain and half sausage. The plain slice was thin, crispy and fresh with a slight char on the crust. It tasted like it just came out of the oven because it did. Depending on where you sit, you can even see the chefs take the pizzas out of the ovens. The sausage slice was flavorful and crumbly. Sausage is the perfect topping for this pizza. It didn’t feel too heavy or fattening, even though it was covered in sausage.
This is not the kind of pizza that you eat with a fork, even though the restaurant sells espresso and cappuccino. After it cools down just slightly, you fold your slice and make sure you get every inch of the stretched mozzarella into your mouth. You will not be sorry and you won’t care that you are eating with your hands.
So, if you want to check off #33 on the Food & Drink Bucket List, stop into Grimaldi’s, but bring a friend so you have someone to share a pie with.