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Grimaldi's/Pete's/Roberta's/Julianna's

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Grimaldi's/Pete's/Roberta's/Julianna's

So I'm trying to research a fun pizza place in Brooklyn for Tuesday night Feb 21, or Wed Feb 22 lunch....I've heard about Grimaldi's, and read some of the comments on TA, but they are fairly old. Of course there are varying opinions about the best choice...including the following:

“Don't go to Grimaldi's. Its a poor facsimile of what it used to be. Go to Julianna's which is in the original Grimaldi's (nee Patsy's) space and run by Patsy Grimaldi.” Or Pete's, or Roberta's, or.....!

So, can someone offer an update/overview of the various places mentioned in my title? We'll be at a hotel on 4th Avenue near 25th.

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I agree with Juliana's - it's better and warmer service. Grimaldi's is more corporate now, though have good pizza. Except to stand in line some.

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2. Re: Grimaldi's/Pete's/Roberta's/Julianna's

I much prefer Julianna's to Grimaldi. I was a regular at the original Patsy's when Patsy would roam the place. I remember the dispute that resulted in the name change. I was saddened to see Patsy retire and sell his namesake place. I was mortified to see his place then go down hill as the quality collapsed. So much so I stopped going. I was excited when I heard Patsy was going to reopen a pizza place in the old space. I was back in my old happy spot when I first went to the new Julianna's and saw Patsy's wife. Now I'm saddened again because the lines are terribly long because of sites like tripadvisor. So help a guy get a table and don't go there. ;)

Roberta's is a completely different kind of place. Great unconventional pizza but the setting is a young hipster environment. There was a long thread on another site that talked about Roberta's: No Country for Old Men as a place to stay away from unless you're a tatted mustached 20 something.

Don't know Pete's.

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3. Re: Grimaldi's/Pete's/Roberta's/Julianna's

Well, jeez, we won't fit into Roberta's for sure!! Where is Patsy's...next door to Grimaldi"s? And how far is it from a metro stop, if you know, as we will be coming from Brooklyn Best Western. Thanks!

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Patsy's is no more. Patsy Grimaldi opened Patsy's. Due to a legal fight, he changed the name to Grimaldi's. Patsy Grimaldi then sold Grimaldi's. New owners of Grimaldi's sought to cash in on the reputation of the founder and the place went downhill. Grimaldi's lost their lease and moved a few storefronts away. Patsy comes in and in a bit of poetic justice, rents the old space and opens Julianna.

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You can get a limited selection of Roberta's pizza at their location in VanderBilt Urban Foodspace just north of Grand Central if you would like to try it on a day you are in Manhattan. It's delicious.

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6. Re: Grimaldi's/Pete's/Roberta's/Julianna's

Concur with Julianna's over Grimaldi's (at least the Grimaldi's by the bridge . . . the location on Coney Island, which is more oriented to locals, is better). Not familiar with Pete's, and Roberta's is too intimidatingly young & hip for me (I jest, but only slightly).

Other good choices would include Lucali in Carroll Gardens (cash only, not open for lunch, expect a wait), Motorino in Williamsburg, or Paulie Gee's in Greenpoint (not open for lunch)

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7. Re: Grimaldi's/Pete's/Roberta's/Julianna's

>>>There was a long thread on another site that talked about Roberta's: No Country for Old Men <<<

SloppyEats, I just saw that you cited one of my all-time favorite Chowhound threads. I think of it every time Roberta's comes up.

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8. Re: Grimaldi's/Pete's/Roberta's/Julianna's

Just an update after eating at Juliana's......pizza was great! Service was great! Place was nifty.....but we did peek in the door next door at Grimaldi's....and I would have to say it seemed there was more "atmosphere" and more "old country." It seemed to be more what I was expecting. So, depending on what someone is looking for, either place might be nice.

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