My tastebuds just returned from a trip to New York City, and oh, are they happy!
Tonight our family discovered Grimaldi’s pizza in our own hometown.
The last time I had Grimaldi’s pizza was on a girls’ trip to NYC. It was good then, but all the standing and waiting, and then sitting at a long table with strangers, and then feeling rushed so that those standing and waiting didn’t have to wait so long was a bit much.
Tonight, I dined with my family in a very relaxing setting and we all enjoyed it.
The little kids were each given a pizza pan with dough to play with while we sat at the table.
My two boys, ages 6 and 8, were also entertained by watching the very active pizza kitchen right from their seats. I learned later that they saw dough being tossed in the air and pizzas going into and out of the coal oven.
My husband l-o-v-e-s a good thin-crust pizza, and is always on the hunt for the perfect pizza. He ordered his typical sausage and pepperoni and our waitress said he would love the sausage. (She also said he ordered her favorite salad, the Caesar.)
When I ordered my pizza (tomato and extra basil) I asked that they go light on the cheese. Our waitress explained that they go light on just about everything and use high-quality ingredients so they flavors really stand out.
She spoke the truth.
I think my husband has a new spot for his pepperoni and sausage on thin-crust fix. The kids loved their pepperoni and also the plain cheese. And did I mention how fantastic mine was? The crust was perfect—thin and crispy, but not so crispy that the crust crumbled. And, just as the waitress said, I could taste all of the flavors of the pizza because they weren’t loaded on too heavily.
(This Weight Watcher had to remind herself she was counting points… after 3 ½ fantastic pieces! But that’s what the weekly allowance is for, right?)
Typically I am not a fan when a small, local restaurant starts popping up all over the place because typically, when this happens, the food just tastes mass-produced.
Well, in this case, that could not be further from the truth. The pizza was superb. The salads were crispy, fresh and also delicious. And fortunately I can go back and enjoy this delicious New York pizza without packing one suitcase, buying a plane ticket or waiting too long in line.
I’m quite sure my tastebuds will vacation here again and again.
So, can you go on this trip without a plane ticket, too?
Grimaldi’s has six locations in Arizona, one in Nevada, and five in Texas, in addition to two in New York and one in New Jersey.
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