The long awaited Grimaldi's coal oven pizza location in Sugarland's First Colony mall has finally opened. Grimaldi's original location in Brooklyn's trendy DUMBO (down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass) neighborhood is legendary for its coal oven crust and fresh mozzarella cheese topping. The Brooklyn pizzeria was called Patsy's when I started eating there, but there are several unrelated Patsy's around Manhattan and evidently the owners decided they needed a unique name in order to expand. There is already a Grimaldi's franchise in Dallas.
Unfortunately, I went to the Sugarland Grimaldi's for lunch and the place is currently only open for dinner, so my report on the pizza will have to wait--but Paul Galvani reports the coal oven is running at over a thousand degrees and the crispy-crusted pizza is pretty spectacular. I can't wait.