Best Pizza - 2008
When fired for power, coal has a bad rep. It's a spitter of soot, a puker of sulfur, a farter of greenhouse flatus. But when firing pizza, it transforms into fossilized sublimity. Founded in East Harlem in 1931 and spread from New York to Arizona, Nevada and Texas, Grimaldi's cooks its pizzas in a coal-fired brick oven—just as the local parlor Coal Vines does. But the Neapolitan-style pizzas Gramaldi's makes are more focused, with chewy crusts that are smoky without the bitter char. They're aromatic pies with slightly cauterized toppings that fuse tenuously with the crust, creating a mosaic of exquisite stink. These are pies you want in your face.
Chicago deep dish pizza isn't pizza. It's a derivative, pizza on bread and more bread, of real pizza. Real pizza is from Brooklyn, thin, chewy crust and toppings falling off as you lift it. Please, someone tell me where I can get real pizza in Dallas.
One step above Uno's? Are you kidding me? Just because they have more than one location does not mean that their food is bad. Uno's is some of the best pizza anywhere. I am from Chicago and if you are lucky enough to go there you will know what I am talking about. Besides Lou Malnati's and maybe Gino's it is the best deep dish there is. As far as Dallas is concerned the best I have had here is Chicago Rick's which order their supplies from Wisconsin including their cheese and butter crust. If there is a pizza place in Dallas that orders from the Enzini brothers (not sure how to spell their name) I would love to know.
This is the first time the Observer has steered me wrong. With all the great pizza options in Dallas (Scallini's Olivellas, Louie's, etc.) , I am so confused by this pick. Grimaldis is a generic, chain pizza restaurant one step above Uno's.
Actually, Patsy Grimaldi indeed started out in East Harlem, at Patsy's Pizzeria. Check Grimaldi's website (http://www.grimaldis.com/great..., and you'll see. The first Grimaldi's was in Brooklyn, but Patsy himself got his start in East Harlem.
Hey, Observer: Grimaldi's started in BROOKLYN, right under the Brooklyn Bridge, not in East Harlem. Either way, it's amazing pizza. But you need to fix this glaring fact error.