Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizza

From her blog, Confessions of A Hungry White Girl, we bring you our newest Guest Editor and Foodie, Olivia Castriota!!


By: Olivia Castriota

While meandering throughout Brooklyn Bridge Park this weekend, I stumbled upon something I knew had to be delicious. From a quarter mile away I could see people lined out the door and around the corner anxiously waiting to get into Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Over Pizzeria. Naturally, I was very curious and jumped right in line.

After an hour wait, we finally made it to the front of the line and a few moments later we were in the door. We sat at the bar and patiently waited for our half cheese, half pepperoni coal brick-oven pizza and admired the decor. The walls are filled with photos of famous celebrities that have dinned at Grimaldi’s, the tables are cozy and the pizza’s are hand crafted by their hard working team in the center of the restaurant.

To serve the loyal fans of Grimaldi’s, the coal brick-oven must heated by 100 pounds of coal a day, with temperatures that reach 1200 degrees. That’s one hot mamma. The menu is pretty standard and simple. Choose your pie size: small or large, then choose your toppings. Some of the toppings they offer are pepperoni, ham, mushrooms, onions, basil, roasted red peppers and fresh mozzarella. The pizza’s range from $12-$16 and toppings range from $2-$4 per topping.

Because the pizza is so good and the fans will do anything to experience this piece of heaven, they have some rules: no credit cards, no slices, no reservations and no delivery.

After every inch of our pizza was devoured, it was easy to understand why Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Over Pizzeria has been voted “Best Pizza” year after year by Zagat. Grimaldi’s has locations throughout New York City and Hoboken, NJ. For more information visit there website:

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Olivia Castriota: Pennsylvanian by birth, New Yorker by heart. With a passion for food, travel and adventure she started Confessions of a Hungry White Girl to share her amazing food finds with everyone! Now based in Brooklyn, this self-claimed foodie takes on all five boroughs of New York City to discover the most enticing and mouthwatering eats one can find. From hole-in-the-wall joints to food tours, Olivia covers it all. Follow her journey and explore the amazing food scene together. It’s bound to be delicious!