Monday, June 10, 2019

Food: NYC Pizza Wars Heat Up Further

Old Fulton Street in Dumbo is about to become the Murderers’ Row of pizza.
Square-pie icon L&B Spumoni Gardens is opening a new shop on the street — right across from two already-warring pizza legends, Grimaldi’s and Juliana’s, The Post has learned.
A co-owner of the 80-year-old Gravesend mainstay confirmed Sunday that Spumoni Gardens will be serving up its signature cheese-on-the-bottom, sauce-on-the-top squares across from the two coal-fired brick-oven cousins.
Permits to install pizza ovens at 46 Old Fulton St. — less than 100 feet from Grimaldi’s and about twice that from Juliana’s, which both draw hours-long lines — were filed in April, according to city Department of Buildings.
But renovations ground to a halt there in May when the city slapped contractors with a stop-work order for improperly removing fire-halting equipment from the ceiling and for doing construction without posting the proper permits, DOB records show.
Once Spumoni Gardens opens, three of the most highly regarded pizza joints in the city will be within spitting distance of one another
Juliana’s and Grimaldi’s have been locked in a feud for years. Patsy Grimaldi sold his eponymous eatery to Ciolli in 1998 — then came out of retirement a decade later.
He opened Juliana’s, named for his mother, in the original Grimaldi’s spot when Ciolli moved down the block in 2012.
Ciolli sued to stop him but ultimately lost.
Both restaurants claimed they aren’t scared of L&B.
“It’s a different style of pizza. We have lines all the time — people come from all over the world,” Ciolli boasted.

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