To preface, here is what we consider to be a factual statement: It’s pretty damn hard to screw up pizza. (Aside: That being said, Z Pizza tries pretty damn hard.)
A recent Tuesday Lunch outing took us to Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Over Pizzeria at the Legends at Sparks Marina. Word of mouth had been fairly decent about Grimaldi’s, a franchise with locations in Arizona, Florida, Nevada, Texas, New York and New Jersey. The franchise is based off of the original New York City locations.
The group decided to go across the pizza menu, ordering three pies: a basic pizza with pepperoni, a pesto pizza and a white garlic pie with chicken. Despite a light lunch crowd that day, it took a while for the pizza to get there, but we’re willing to chalk that up to however long it takes to cook a pizza in a coal brick oven.
The general consensus of the group can be summed up in two words: largely unimpressed. But, in keeping true to the opening statement, six of us took down three large pies.
The pepperoni was OK. Just OK. Nothing special and perhaps a little undercooked.
The white garlic had potential but it was unrealized. You know how some things ‘taste like chicken?’ Well, that’s what was on top. It tasted something like chicken but still not sure that it was chicken.
The pesto was the winner of the three pies. Nothing spectacular – just a good, solid pizza.
Maybe it was just a so-so day for the crew at Grimaldi’s. Maybe the folks who had reported good things about this place are idiots. But Grimaldi’s, especially for the price (about $60 for three pies), wasn’t special, even if it’s loved by celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Rudy Giuliani, as the menu ridiculously boasts. You can do better (for cheaper) in Reno, that’s for sure.
Grimaldi’s doesn’t crack our Reno Top 5 Pizza Joints, a list that is up for debate, even within the Tuesday Lunch crew. In some semblance of order:
1. J.J.’s Pie Company
3-4-5. Blue Moon, Black Rock, Blind Onion, amongst others.