If you love pizza, there is no way you do not know about Grimaldi's the eponymous pizza restaurant opened by Patsy Grimaldi years ago in Brooklyn. Some consider that it is the best pizza in New York, surpassing Lombardi that is the oldest pizzeria in the US. Others say it is Di Fara, but, at the time of this post, I did not try this place yet...
What I did not know is that Grimaldi's has two locations in Hoboken: Washington street, where we went, and Clinton street. We came at the time they opened, that was a good time considering the number of tables reserved and the crowd that followed. The place is not so big, although it benefits from outside seating when the weather permits. In the back of the dining room is the brick oven and seating next to it is like a watching a show. Ah, seeing all this pizza being made definitely made me salivate...
Usually I get a root beer with my pizza, but, this time, I decided to go with a beer and chose the Grimaldi IPA. It seems this golden color beer is brewed specifically for Grimaldi's in New Jersey. I am not a beer connoisseur, but for me it was just ok.
We went to Grimaldi's for pizza, so we did not even look at the other items on the menu. What I liked is that they offer personal pies (4 slices), so we could order two, one white and one with tomato sauce and mozzarella. They have a nice list of toppings to complement the pies and make your own. For sure, we avoided broccoli. Seriously? Broccoli?
The first pie was a regular one with meatballs and mushrooms. The second one was a white pie with sausage and ricotta.
There are couple of things that I noticed when the pies came: first, the mushrooms were fresh and not from a can. Then, there was lots of ricotta on the white pie and, we made sure there was no garlic as, often, white pies are packed with it. I loved both pies not only because of the ingredients on top, but also because of the crust that was phenomenal: crispy and nicely charred, all puffed up on the outside.
I think that for a good Italian pizza, this is the place to go and I will surely go back to Grimaldi's. But if you are looking for simply a slice or a cheaper pizza, Benny Tudino's is your spot.
Enjoy (I did)!!
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