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Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, famously known for their award-winning hand-tossed, coal-fired brick oven pizzas and calzones, fresh salads and delicious desserts is announcing its latest expansion move into the state of Colorado. Located in scenic Denver Pavilions, the restaurant will offer its traditional coal brick oven, patio seating, and a full bar.
Opening late spring of 2013, guests will be welcomed by Frank Sinatra crooning in the background, more than 100-years of pizza making traditions, and the tantalizing aroma of pizza and calzones baked to perfection in the signature coal-burning oven.
”Our team searches the country for the best restaurant sites, and we’re excited about opening within the Denver Pavilions,” said Joey Ciolli, president and chief executive officer of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. ”Over the years, we have received thousands of requests to open in Colorado and we expect that this location is the first of many to come.”
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has been in growth mode for the past few years and have promised to continue their expansion plans throughout the country in 2013. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria currently has twenty-nine locations across the US, including Texas, Nevada, Florida, Arizona, South Carolina, and its flagship stores in New York City.
In the world of pizza, Grimaldi’s is an institution that has garnered more awards than any other pizzeria in the country with more celebrity sightings than most 5-star restaurants. Using only the freshest ingredients, a ”secret recipe” pizza sauce, handmade mozzarella cheese and dough, Grimaldi’s serves traditional pizza (as it began in Naples, Italy) in an upscale yet casual, family oriented pizzeria.
Designed and built by hand, the coal-fired oven at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria delivers a unique flavor and consistency that is just not possible from wood or gas ovens. Weighing in at 25 tons and heated by 100 pounds of coal per day (cleanest burning fuel available and environmentally tested), the oven heats up to 1,200 degrees. The intense heat of the oven evenly bakes the pies to create Grimaldi’s famous crispy and smoky thin crust that Zagat has voted best pizza year after year.
It has been said that the secret to true New York-style pizza is the water. Grimaldi’s believes that too, going to great lengths to keep the integrity of the water used in the Brooklyn pizzeria by hiring a chemist to analyze and recreate the mineral content and exact composition of the water to ensure the dough tastes the same in Colorado.
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria wholly owns and operates locations in Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, Reno, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Fort Myers, and Corpus Christi. Additional locations in Missouri and California are on the drawing board.
Grimaldi’s offers guests a selection of beers as well as an extensive list of wines (by the glass and bottle) to complement their freshly prepared salads, hand tossed pizzas and calzones and famous desserts. For more information on Grimaldi’s Pizzeria visit http://www.grimaldispizzeria.com.
Denver Pavilions is a one-of-a-kind retail/entertainment center in the heart of downtown Denver on the 16th Street Mall, providing a ”critical mass” of 40 retail tenants, restaurants and entertainment venues. The open-air Denver Pavilions features three-story buildings on a two-block development that is linked by ”The Great Wall,” an interior structure featuring the words, ”DENVER”, which has become the world wide symbol of downtown Denver. With such ”marquee” tenants as Hard Rock Cafe, H&M, Maggiano’s Little Italy, 15-screen United Artist Theatre, Barnes & Noble, Lucky Strike Lanes, Forever 21, Denver Pavilions has become a magnet for the metropolitan region. Denver Pavilions is conveniently located for the downtown area’s 110,000 office workers and growing residential base and is close to the 16th Street Mall, theaters, restaurants, events, cultural and athletic facilities.