Sunday, June 28, 2015
Grimaldi's Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria ~ Grapevine, Texas
Both Mr. and Mrs. RJG consider Grimaldi's the best pizza in DFW (as of June 2015!). That's no small claim, especially considering worthy challengers such as INZO, Coal Vines, Campania, and Cavalli.
Food: Basically, Grimaldi's has perfected the coal oven baked pizza formula. Apparently they use a special coal imported from Pennsylvania, that burns hotter and cleaner than traditional coal. Grimaldi's, of course, insists that all of their outlets use this coal. We've been many times over the years, and the pizza is perfect every single time. The ingredients are out of this world, and most are homemade. The sauce is delicious and the mozzarella is clearly made from local produce. I'm not even sure you can make a pizza better than this. As Dan Patrick is fond of saying: You can't stop them, you can only hope to contain them. And we haven't even started on their delicious salads, which Mrs. RJG devours - and I fortunately get to help. Their Mediterranean Salad is outstanding, with fresh greens, a splendid vinaigrette dressing, feta cheese, and lots of olives, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Worth noting the nomenclature Grimaldi's uses. When you see the term "personal", think "small", When you see "small", think "large". That's the kind of portion size we're talking about here.
Drinks: They have a fine selection of wine and beer as well. And nothing goes better with a Grimaldi's pizza then an ice cold bottle of Brooklyn Lager. Or a pint of Peroni on draught. They have a nice bar area, that we've yet to take advantage of. But it looks appealing if I were to be on my own. Grab a pint and a personal pizza, and I'd be in heaven.
Location: Sits at the corner of a new center (2012) built on the NE corner of 114 and William B Tate. Now that the airport freeway road construction is complete, getting here is a breeze. The interior is awesome with dark woods, and plenty of black and white pictures of The Big Apple. Plenty of flat screens in the bar too, and it's a welcoming place if you're single and perhaps traveling on business.They also tend to play classic pop in the Frank Sinatra tradition, which I prefer in places like this. No small detail is overlooked.
Notes: We first came across Grimaldi's with their Brooklyn Bridge location, and there were lines a mile long it seemed. So we never took the time to eat there (if you can't find good pizza while in Brooklyn, you are truly an unlucky person). Some very wise investors from Arizona decided to replicate the concept and bring it nationwide. It seems they are holding to a very strict standard, and if they continue to do so, will be successful for many years. My only advice to them is not to go to the public markets. Once they do that, profit will become more important than high standards. DFW is fortunate to have a few locations throughout, including Northeast Tarrant's own in Grapevine.