Carol Grimaldi, Co-Founder of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Dies at 75

NBC New York reports that Grimaldi’s Pizzeria co-founder Carol Grimaldi has passed away at age 75 after battling cancer. In 1990 she co-founded the eatery with her husband, Patsy; it became so famous that lines stretched around the block daily. The couple eventually sold the business to retire, with new ownership moving Grimaldi’s a few feet away, although the Grimaldis eventually came out of retirement and opened Juliana’s in the old location. (You can read more about it here.)

Per the release sent out by Juliana’s Pizzeria, “Carol was a fixture near and dear to the many neighbors, frequent customers and vendors of Grimaldi’s and was a driving force behind the creation of Juliana’s.”

Karl Junkersfeld featured Ms. Grimaldi in his opening day video (above) about Juliana’s last year.

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  • Mick

    Sad news. Condolences to the family.

  • Klezmer O’Brien

    Sad news. A great institution.

  • PubliusBklyn

    Went to Juliana’s tonight to find it closed. A friend of the family was outside and we chatted. Deep condolences to the Grimaldi family.

  • PBBrooklyn

    So sorry to hear this news. We always enjoy going there and speaking with Patsy. We send our condolences.

  • Still Here

    I remember when they first opened and they became such a hit. I especially remember Carole would arrive with her white Mercedes SL. She was a great hostess and knew everyone of her regulars by name. Great to talk with as well. My condolences to Patsy and the Grimaldi family.