Because even a pizza knockoff in China is one pizza knockoff too many, the owner of Grimaldi's is currently suing a former employee for teaming up with Brooklyn businessman Marcelo Pevida to allegedly open a copycat Grimaldi's in Shanghai. Not only does the Chinese pizzeria use the name Grimaldi's, but the menu is also almost identical and the signs look an awful lot like the Brooklyn original, says the suit. For what it's worth, Pevida claims he didn't even know there was a faker in China, but then again the suit claims his picture is right there on the wall in the Shanghai shop, hanging among the photos of celebrities.
This isn't the first time someone in Shanghai tried to rip off a New York food icon. Owners of the Carnegie Deli have been duking it out in court for a long time over an alleged copycat in Shanghai.