Patsy Grimaldi officially makes his triumphant return to the Dumbo pizza scene today with the opening of Juliana's. The founder of the famous Grimaldi's on Old Fulton Street, he's been out of the business since selling his shop to current Grimaldi's owner Frank Ciolli back in 1998. Ciolli moved the pizzeria next door after a dispute with his landlord, at which point Grimaldi decided to reopen in that original Grimaldi's space. This led to an awesomely old-school pizza war as Ciolli tried (again and again) to block Grimaldi's return. But Grimaldi is back, naming the restaurant after his mother since Ciolli owns the Grimaldi name and since Patsy's is also taken.
Grimaldi has enlisted the self-described "pizza nerd" Matt Grogan, a former investment banker, to run the pizzeria day-to-day and oversee daily operations. He was also able to get a coal-burning oven?a rarity in new pizza shops in New York?despite the attempts of Ciolli to block it of course. Juliana's starts cooking up pies at noon daily.
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