Coal fired pizza restaurants in NYC are very rare. If you have an existing one, then you're in luck. If not, too bad. So when Patsy and Carol Grimaldi set out to reclaim their throne in the pizza world (after selling off Grimaldi's Pizzeria and its namesake), I was anxious to try what they've come back for after so many years. They situated themselves in the original Grimaldi's location while that pizzeria moved down the block. The name of the new place is Julianna's named after Patsy's mother. I like the sound of things already.
After a long walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, we stood in line for about 10 minutes before we sat down for food. Starving, we ordered some salad to start before our pies came to the table. We had the Hearts of Romaine Caesar Salad with green olives ($13; not pictured). Clean, refreshing, though creamy from the dressing and tangy brininess from the olives.
And now onto the pizza. We started with a couple of pies from the menu then created our own. This is a simple Margherita Pizza (large $19). Tomato, mozzarella, and basil. Can't get any more classic and simple than that. But it was delicious. The sweetness of the tomato sauce, the creaminess of the cheese, and the hint of herbaceousness from the basil. The crust was crunchy and held the toppings well. It wasn't thick but not paper thin either. It was a classic NYC crust.
19 Old Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201