DUMBO Remembers Pizza Doyenne Carol Grimaldi
Carol Grimaldi, the co-founder of Grimaldi's and Juliana's Pizza had died on Thursday, April 10th in Queens. Well-known to be a loving and caring woman, Mrs. Grimaldi has faced legendary success during her life.
In 1990, Carol and her husband, Patsy, opened their first Grimaldi's pizzeria in DUMBO and drew praise by installing the first coal-fired oven to be built in the city since 1940. The restaurant was instantly recognized by many as New York's best pizza and served pies to neighborhood regulars, A-listers, sports figures, and politicians before the couple sold the business eight years after the opening. After retiring from the restaurant business and traveling the world, the couple decided to open Juliana's Pizza in late 2012, with Patsy claiming that he hasn't had a good pizza since he left the business.
Carol Grimaldi (5/20/38 - 4/10/14) Photo from Juliana's Pizza
Mrs. Grimaldi was a strong, important figure to her businesses, and she will surely be missed by the community. "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... Mrs. Grimaldi would have been 76 next month," said the release.
Featured photo from NY Daily News.