Carol Grimaldi, one of the two founders of Brooklyn’s famous Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, died Thursday after a battle with cancer, according to a release from her second restaurant. She was 75.
Grimaldi, along with her husband Patsy, launched their eponymous pizzeria in 1990, commissioning the city’s first coal-fired oven in more than 50 years in the process, according to the couple’s current restaurant, Juliana’s Pizza. Grimaldi's quickly became a New York City staple as celebrities, tourists and New Yorkers alike frequented the brick-oven pizzeria.
Carol and Patsy Grimaldi sold the pizzeria and their name in 1999 to travel the world. The couple came out of retirement in 2012, opening Juliana’s Pizza in the same location as their old restaurant after it moved down the street.
“Carol was a fixture near and dear to the many neighbors, frequent customers and vendors of Grimaldi’s and was a driving force behind the creation of Juliana’s,” the release says.