The Original Grimaldi's Pizza King Coming Back to Brooklyn

Patsy Grimaldi sold his iconic storefront in 1998, and is now returning.

Saturday, Nov 26, 2011  |  Updated 5:47 PM EDT
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Pizza King Grimaldi Plans Return to BK

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The restaurant, famous for its coal-fired, brick-oven pizza, is popular with both locals and tourists.

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The owner of the original Grimaldi's is coming out of retirement and bringing his pizza peel back to Brooklyn .

Eighty-year-old pizza king Patsy Grimaldi is returning to the storefront where he made his name baking thin-crust pies.

The New York Post says Grimaldi will take over the soon-to-be vacant Grimaldi's pizzeria space in the DUMBO neighborhood.
 
But he won't be the only pizza maker on the block. The man he sold Grimaldi's to in 1998 will open an eatery one storefront away.
 
That man, Frank Ciolli, bought the Grimaldi name and will use it for his own pizzeria. The Post says the actual Grimaldi will name his restaurant Juliana's after his late mother.
 
Grimaldi told the Post that pizza is in his blood. He plans to open in March.

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