Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Now Open at WestShore Plaza

Scottsdale, AZ, April 24, 2013 --( Grimaldi's Pizzeria, famous for their award-winning hand-tossed, coal-fired brick oven pizzas and calzones, fresh salads and delicious desserts opened today at its newest location at WestShore Plaza in Tampa, Fla. Located at 250 WestShore Plaza between JC Penney and Saks Fifth Avenue, the restaurant accommodates 150 guests, offers a full bar, and features Grimaldi’s signature hand built coal brick oven.

Guests are 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. Guests can also choose to pair their pizza with selections from Grimaldi’s extensive, recently updated Italian wine list.

"We are very excited about the opening of Grimaldi’s at WestShore Plaza, our sixth Florida location and our third in the Tampa area,” commented Joe Ciolli, Grimaldi’s president and CEO. “We believe that Grimaldi’s offers a unique dining experience that encourages guests to create memorable moments with family and friends.”

Grimaldi's Pizzeria has shown tremendous growth and has promised to continue their expansion plans throughout the country. Grimaldi's Pizzeria currently has twenty-eight locations across the US, including Florida, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, 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 five-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 Florida.

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