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Grimaldi’s offers diners a slice of heaven

Please don’t ever tell my mother this, but the thing I missed the most when I moved from New York to Arizona was the pizza.

I missed the moments of cheesy deliciousness when I would finish a workout, grab a slice, fold it in half and walk down the street with orange grease dribbling through the crack of the crust, down my forearm and off my elbow. To me, that was home and every bit as comforting as a grandmother’s hug. I missed that when I moved to Arizona. Thankfully, I discovered Grimaldi’s.

With more that 100 years of coal fired brick-oven pizza-making traditions, the creators of Grimaldi’s have taken generations to perfect a very distinctive and truly authentic pizza. And they have nailed it. The crust is thin, but not too thin, crunchy and always cooked perfectly. The red sauce is perfect complement to any topping. Grimaldi’s handmade mozzarella exceeds the cheesy deliciousness of the pizza I grew up eating.

By now, I’ve been to Grimaldi’s dozens of times and this is what I would recommend:

• Build your own pizza by choosing the size, sauce and your favorite toppings. One warning: Grimaldi’s defines the words “personal” and “small” unlike any other restaurant. The small pizza would be considered a large at any pizza chain. The same is true if you opt for the calzone. A personal calzone at 12 inches is enough for two people to share and possibly take some home for the next day.

• As for toppings, some personal favorites of mine are the roasted red bell peppers, which are cooked fresh daily and the vibrant taste complements any other topping you choose, and meatballs, which are sliced thin, cooked perfectly and have an authentic Italian flavor that reminded me of my Italian grandmother’s homemade meatballs.

• If you want to opt for a specialty pizza, my taste buds were treated to Grimaldi’s Diavolo Pizza, which is topped with soppressata salami, cherry peppers and kalamata olives and had the perfect amount of kick.

• If you opt for a calzone, don’t expect the chewy calzones that are common in the typical Arizona pizza joint. Grimaldi’s brick ovens give the calzones a crisp, thin texture and every variety of calzone I’ve tried at Grimaldi’s has been excellent.

• If you want to try a salad, I cannot stress enough that Grimaldi’s makes their own mozzarella, so you will never go wrong with the mouthwatering Caprese Salad.

• If it’s possible that you have room left for dessert, Grimaldi’s cheesecakes are made in-house daily. Grimaldi’s seasonal cheesecakes for fall are the Caramel Apple Cheesecake, a rich caramel and green apple delight topped with caramel syrup and whipped cream. And for the chocolate lovers, Grimaldi’s is bringing out their Chocolate Cheesecake, a decadent dessert served with chocolate syrup and topped with whipped cream. But for me, the perfectly creamy Blueberry Cheesecake comes with my highest recommendation.

Here is what makes eating pizza in Arizona better than eating pizza in New York: We can eat our favorite Grimaldi’s pizza while we soak up the beautiful Arizona fall weather because each of Grimaldi’s seven Arizona locations has a distinct patio. Now, that’s as comforting as a hug from Grandma.

Grimaldi’s locations:

• 7131 W. Ray Rd, #23, Chandler
• 2168 E. Williams Field Rd., #502, Gilbert
• 9788 W. Northern Ave., #1440, Peoria
• 4000 N. Scottsdale Rd., #105, Scottsdale
• 20715 N. Pima Rd., #F-115, Scottsdale
• 15147 N. Scottsdale Rd., H-135, Scottsdale
• 446 N. Campbell Ave., #100, Tucson

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Valley dining spots welcome patio season

It’s fall which means the desert is starting to cool down! Restaurant and bar goers all over the Valley begin to seek out the best spots to indulge in the beautiful Arizona weather. But look no further— these local restaurants have Valley residents covered with killer patios throughout Metro Phoenix.

TEMPE

Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill: Located in Tempe Marketplace, Thirsty Lion Pub and Grill has a great wrap around patio. With a southwestern exposure, the Thirsty Lion patio is perfect for watching the fall sunset. At this hip gastropub, you’ll find great food, more than a dozen big screen TVs, two bars and 52 beers on tap. Enjoy happy hour, seven days a week from 3:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m. & again from 9:30 p.m. to close. For more information, visit www.thirstylionpub.com.

SCOTTSDALE

TapHouse Kitchen: Located at The Hilton Village in Scottsdale, this neighborhood kitchen features a seasonal menu of “Modern American Cuisine” prepared in a “Scratch” kitchen. The 3,500 square foot location accommodates 144 guests and features a rustic and woody décor. The restaurant has a fully air-conditioned patio, with a large garage door that creates an indoor- outdoor atmosphere. Take advantage of their happy hour seven days a week from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy $2 off House Wine (Cupcake Chardonnay & Cabernet), $2 off all draft beer, spirits & wine on tap, $2 off all beer flights, $2 off all TapHouse Kitchen custom cocktails, $2 off Tap”House” Margaritas and $1 off all well drinks. TapHouse Kitchen is located at 6137 N. Scottsdale Rd, #108 in Scottsdale. To find out more visit them at TapHouseKitchen.com or visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/TapHouseKitchen.

Kelly’s at SouthBridge: To both enjoy the cool weather and feel the awesome Old Town atmosphere, hit Kelly’s at SouthBridge this fall. Their spacious outdoor patio, adorned with bright red umbrellas, is hard to miss—it’s the perfect place for lunch, dinner, happy hour or late night festivities. There’s also plenty of room for big groups or parties too! Located on Sixth Avenue in downtown Scottsdale, the 8,000 square foot upscale restaurant offers traditional pub classics mixed with exceptional modern cuisine and the perfect laid back atmosphere. Enjoy ½ price bottles of wine (with purchase of food) 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day and all day Sunday. For more information, visit www.kellysatsouthbridge.com.

NORTH SCOTTSDALE

SOL Mexican Cocina: Located at the Scottsdale Quarter, SOL Mexican Cocina’s patio is the ideal place to sit back, relax and sip on margarita after a day of shopping or before a night out. The perfectly shaded patio features plush seating, an outdoor bar and a view overlooking the vibrant heart of Scottsdale. The restaurant’s menu features Executive Chef Deborah Schneider’s bold, modern interpretations of traditional Coastal Mexican cuisine with a focus on fresh, sustainable ingredients. Designed to echo the expansive sea, sky, and desert of the Baja peninsula, SOL features old world charm juxtaposed with an urban comfort. For more information, visit www.solcocina.com.

DOWNTOWN PHOENIX

Tilted Kilt: Overlooking downtown Phoenix at Cityscape is where this patio is located. At this Celtic-themed pub and eatery, you will always find five things: ice cold beer and plenty of it, a mouthwatering menu full of traditional and contemporary pub fare, large TV screens showcasing sporting events, a festive atmosphere full of fun and friends, and attractive cast members eager to put a smile on your face and make you feel right at home. Enjoy specials on their “Hoppy Hour” menu throughout the week. www.tiltedkilt.com.

WEST VALLEY:

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria: Enjoy your favorite pizza while you soak up the beautiful fall season. Each of Grimaldi’s eight Arizona locations has a distinct patio. The Peoria location has one of the largest—lining the entire north side of the building with seating for about 50 people. So if you’re in the mood for pizza and cannoli or just want to enjoy a glass of vino or beer, Grimaldi’s in Peoria is a perfect place to unwind. For more information, visit www.grimaldispizzeria.com.

Uptown Alley: Uptown Alley, located in Surprise, is a 60,000 square foot family entertainment venue featuring bowling, an arcade, two-level laser tag, an ultra-lounge and more. Check out their great patio during this fall at their full-service restaurant, Red Embers Bar and Grill. Indulge in six-hundred calorie selections, gluten free dishes, craft sandwiches, new signature burgers and a custom Burger Bar. Guests can also take advantage of the special Tailgate Menu that’s available every Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday throughout football season. The menu includes items such as Smoked Turkey Legs, Chili Cheese Franks and Stadium Nachos. During the regular season every Sunday guests can enjoy the Touchdown Special that includes one game of bowling, shoe rental and a $5 game card all for just $7. Visit www.uptownalleysurprise.com for more information.

MDA’s annual Taste of the Town returns

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Hundreds of Valley foodies, wine enthusiasts and the culinary curious will gather under the stars for a night of music, dancing and delectable tastings during the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s 14th Annual Taste of the Town, Friday, Oct. 17 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Scottsdale Quarter. Emceed by KTVK’s April Warnecke and Mark McClune, the charitable evening will feature more than 20 of the Valley’s top restaurants serving up their finest food and drink for a great cause.

The event, presented by Cigna, will showcase a variety of fine wine, spirits and beer from Barefoot Wine, Angels Envy Bourbon, Alliance Beverage and Hensley Beverage Company alongside world-class fare from restaurants such as Tanzy, Capital Grille, TK’s Urban Tavern, True Food Kitchen, Fogo De Chao, Brio Tuscan Grille, Lucille’s BBQ, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria and more. Besides eating and drinking to their heart’s content, guests will also spend the evening socializing with other donors, bidding on a variety of luxury items and enjoying the music of local band Elvis Before Noon, a Valley favorite for fans of the 90’s Tempe sound.

In addition to the culinary offerings and the first-class silent auction, there will be an opportunity to make a donation to MDA and receive a custom necklace by luxury jeweler Cornelis Hollander through the Drinks with Dazzle raffle. The award-winning jewelry designer will be donating 50 necklaces featuring sterling silver pendants to adorn the wine up for grabs. The Drinks with Dazzle raffle is an exciting opportunity for guests to buy a bottle of wine for $65, which will come with two wine glasses courtesy of Le Creuset, and win one of five diamond encrusted versions of the sterling silver pendant necklaces.

General admission tickets for Taste of the Town are priced at $75 through Oct. 3, after which general admission increases to $100. Tickets can be purchased online at tasteofthetownaz.com.

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Grimaldi’s Rolls out Seasonal Cheesecakes

The weather may still be warm but it is back-to-school season and that means fall flavors are coming out in full force. On August 1, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is officially rolling out their fall seasonal cheesecakes and Grimaldi’s fans couldn’t be more excited.

A perfect introduction to the season is the Caramel Apple Cheesecake, a rich caramel and green apple delight topped with caramel syrup and whipped cream. And for the chocolate lovers, Grimaldi’s is bringing out their Chocolate Cheesecake, a decadent dessert served with chocolate syrup and topped with whipped cream.

Cheesecakes are made in-house daily at Grimaldi’s and you can order them through October.

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Summer Sangrias

What better way to stay refreshed this summer than with a cool glass of sangria, everyone’s favorite fruit-based wine punch born in Spain? These four Phoenix restaurants have put their own spins on the popular concoction, making for a tasty, thirst-quenching drink to grab during our hottest of days (meaning….today!)

· Summertime Sangria & Sangria ‘Rita at Z’ Tejas

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill features two sangria items on their menu. The Summertime Sangria has Ecco Domani Moscato, Grand Marnier, orange juice, lemon juice, fresh strawberries, oranges and mint and costs $8.50. The Sangria ‘Rita features Canyon Road Cabernet Sauvignon floated on top of their 6th Street Margarita and costs $8.25. Both drinks are essential for hot summer days!

· Signature Sangria at Kelly’s

Kelly’s at SouthBridge uses a selection of seasonal red and white wines to make their signature sangria. Each sangria drink is made with fresh fruit daily along with a 100% natural fruit juices and sweeteners. Kelly’s red and white sangria’s are mixed with premium rums, vodkas and flavored liqueurs. All the best ingredients! The rest of the recipe is Kelly’s little secret…you have to go in to experience the real deal! Kelly’s sangrias are priced at $10 by the glass or $18 by the carafe.

·  White & Red Sangria at Grimaldi’s

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria also features both red and white wines to make their sweet sangria drinks. The white sangria is made with Rex Goliath Moscato and the red sangria is made with Rex Goliath Free Range Red. Pair this fruity drink with a pizza for a perfect combination!  Grimaldi’s Sangrias are priced at $6 by the glass, $15 for ½ carafes and $28 for a bottle.

· Sake Sangria at Pearl Sushi Lounge and Bomber Bar

At Pearl Sushi and Bomber Bar, you can enjoy their unique version of the Spanish drink! It’s not your traditional sangria —this libation is made with sake, white wine and peach liquor. This drink will keep you cool during those hot summer months for only $5 a glass!

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Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Celebrates 10 Years, Hosts Upscale Birthday Party Charity Event

Best known best for its award-winning, coal-fired oven-baked pizza, calzones, fresh salads and delicious deserts, Arizona-based Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is celebrating 10 years of flourishing business in the Valley. Despite the recession, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has experienced a continuing double-digit growth with no sign of stopping.

Grimaldi’s has experienced a 33 percent increase in 2011 and 21 percent increase in 2012.  Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has seven locations throughout Arizona and 22 more throughout the U.S. With no sign of slowing down, it’s continuing its growing trend into 2013 with the opening of six new locations in Colorado, California, Missouri, Texas and Florida. To accommodate its new locations, Grimaldi’s is planning to hire 500 more people, bringing the total employee count to more than 2,500. In a time when jobs are crucial to the economy, the pizzeria is not only maintaining a steady growth of its own business, but also attributing to the economy with jobs to the workforce.

Grimaldi’s goal to provide the finest meals, customer service and warm atmosphere has attributed to its growth.

“In challenging times, customers are looking for quality and consistency and that is what Grimaldi’s Pizzeria continues to provide; our philosophy has always been to serve the finest ingredients and maintain great customer service,” said Joe Ciolli, president and CEO of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. “This has paid off tremendously, and whether Grimaldi’s is located in Arizona, California or Texas, customers are guaranteed a delicious meal and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.”

The pizzeria is not only an Arizona favorite, with seven locations (two in Chandler, one in Gilbert, three in Scottsdale and one in Peoria and Tucson), but it also consistently wins Zagat’s best pizza year after year.

In celebration of “10 years in the Valley,” on February 24, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria will celebrate with an upscale birthday party event benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) at its Old Town Scottsdale location. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will go to PCH. At the event, guests will enjoy a meal of their choice for $50, and local celebrities will be serving guests, a World Champion dough-thrower will be present as well as a Frank Sinatra impersonator — in addition to other exciting birthday surprises.

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane will also declare February 24 as “Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Day.”

To purchase tickets or for more information about Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, please visit grimaldispizzeria.com or call (480) 994-1100.    

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“Celebration of 10 Years in the Valley” Birthday Party

When: Sunday, February 24, 2013, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Old Town Scottsdale
4000 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Cost: $50 per person
Contact: (480) 994-1100
Online: grimaldispizzeria.com