The story behind “The Great Pizza War.”
Patsy Grimaldi, the founder of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, learned to make pizza at age ten at Patsy’s Pizzeria, his uncle Patsy Lancieri’s restaurant in Italian Harlem in 1941. Decades later, Grimaldi decided to go into business for himself and originally planned to own his own restaurant in Manhattan. However, Grimaldi believed coal-fired brick ovens produced the best pizza and knew coal ovens were illegal in Manhattan.
As a result, Grimaldi opened Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Brooklyn, New York in 1990.
In the late 1990s, Patsy Grimaldi retired, selling the Grimaldi’s name and franchise (except for the Hoboken locations) to restaurateur Frank Ciolli. In 2011, the building’s owner declined to renew Ciolli’s lease, so he renovated an abandoned bank next door and moved the restaurant over. The next year, Patsy Grimaldi came out of retirement and opened a new pizzeria called Juliana’s Pizza in the original building, resulting in enmity between himself and Ciolli.
We did a take out order at Regals Kosher Deli. I had their blockbuster potato knish stuffed with pastrami. The location is easy to miss tucked on the corner. If you are looking for authentic cuisine go to Regals. The no frill tables and decor should not detour you from dining. The rubber plant is the largest I have ever seen.
1110 Old Country Rd # A, Plainview, NY 11803
This local favorite brewhouse was started by Roger and Christine Knoell . They have giant Bavarian Pretzels with house-made beer cheese and several homemade beer mustard’s. My favorite is the spicy mustard flavor paired with the Kolsch.
Belgian & Seasonals
They are open Friday – Sunday are kid and dog friendly.
The Rocklands Farm is the perfect serene location to have a wine tasting or a glass of wine. There is also a market to purchase meat and other goodies. I enjoyed the craft pizza baked while you sip and relax. No pets allowed and most of the patrons are families.
Rockland Farms hosted several including a wine camp, live music and more.
This is an active farm with residences in house so be mindful of their personal space. Take a walk and see the animals.
A pannekoek (plural pannekoeken or pannenkoeken) or Dutch pancake is a style of pancake with origins in the Netherlands.
My opa used to say that if you ain’t Dutch you ain’t much. This recipe is an old family tradition. All the way from Holland this breakfast treat can be made with several twists. The 2 flavors I created today were cinnamon and apple and cinnamon and vanilla.
3⁄4 cup milk
3⁄4 cup flour
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 cup sugar
2 apples, peeled and diced or other fruit
2 tablespoons butter
1⁄4 cup sugar
1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla optional
Heat oven to 410°F.
Beat eggs, flour, milk, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl on medium speed for approx. 1 minute.
Prepare apples or other items and fold into mixture.
Melt the butter in a 9×13 glass pan and then pour egg mixture in pan.
Combine sugar and cinnamon or other flavors and sprinkle over mixture.
Bake uncovered until puffed and golden, about 25-35 minutes.