No restaurant food is worth waiting hours for, in my opinion. Especially hours spent outdoors, in line, without a cocktail in hand! But to experience what Zagat’s calls the “best pizza in New York City,” I had to make a special exception to my rule and travel to Brooklyn, just beneath the Bridge, to the no-frills pizza joint called Grimaldi’s.
The nearly two hour wait for a table — at 2:30 in the afternoon! — pumped up my expectations and fueled my appetite, and in the end the pizza did not disappoint.
The coal-fired brick oven produces a crisp, New York-style crust and smokey flavor. The crushed tomatoes are fresh and bright, dotted with slices of white mozzarella cheese and fresh basil leaves. Italian sausage and roasted red peppers the perfect toppings.
No fancy toppings or elaborate menu here. Just the basic pizza pie done exceptionally well. And all for cash only. Worth a trip back? Probably not for me, given the lengthy wait; but I highly recommend it for the overall experience.