Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Announces Opening at Aspen Place at the Sawmill in Flagstaff, AZ

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, famously known for their award-winning hand-tossed, coal-fired brick oven pizzas and calzones, fresh salads and delicious desserts is announcing its long awaited expansion in Arizona with an opening in Flagstaff. Located in Aspen Place at the Sawmill shopping center, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria will occupy a 4,298 square foot space, including a large outdoor patio. The Flagstaff location will mark the iconic brand’s eighth opening in Arizona, and 45th national location. Currently, opening is set for early summer of 2016.


“We have had guests asking for another Arizona location for years and we are beyond excited to say that we have finally found the perfect market for an addition,” said Joey Ciolli, Chief Executive Officer of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. “The Flagstaff community has been extremely welcoming and we cannot wait to bring our brand to Northern Arizona.”

Grimaldi’s pizzeria has shown tremendous growth in 2015 and has promised to continue their expansion plans throughout 2016. They were named top 50 fastest growing restaurant group by Restaurant Business Magazine in 2014. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria currently has forty- two locations across the US spanning ten states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nevada, South Carolina and its flagship stores in New York City. They also recently announced future openings in Fort Collins, CO; Chesterfield, VA, and Memphis, TN.


In the world of pizza, Grimaldi’s is an institution that has garnered more awards than any other pizzeria in the country with more celebrity sightings than most 5-star restaurants. Using only the freshest ingredients, a “secret recipe” pizza sauce, handmade mozzarella cheese and dough, Grimaldi’s serves traditional pizza (as it began in Naples, Italy) in an upscale yet casual, family oriented pizzeria.


Designed and built by hand, the coal-fired oven at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria delivers a unique flavor and consistency that is just not possible from wood or gas ovens. Weighing in at 25 tons and heated by 100 pounds of coal per day (cleanest burning fuel available and environmentally tested), the oven heats up to 1,200 degrees. The intense heat of the oven evenly bakes the pies to create Grimaldi’s famous crispy and smoky thin crust that Zagat has voted best pizza, year after year.


It has been said that the secret to true New York-style pizza is the water. Grimaldi’s believes that too, going to great lengths to keep the integrity of the water used in the Brooklyn pizzeria by hiring a chemist to analyze and recreate the mineral content and exact composition of the water to ensure the dough tastes the same in Arizona.


Grimaldi’s offers guests a selection of beers as well as an extensive list of wines (by the glass and bottle) to complement their freshly prepared salads, hand tossed pizzas and calzones and famous desserts. For more information on Grimaldi’s Pizzeria visit


About Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
In the world of pizza, Grimaldi’s is an institution. Using only the freshest ingredients, “secret recipe” pizza sauce, homemade mozzarella cheese and dough, Grimaldi’s serves award-winning, hand-tossed, coal-fired brick oven pizzas, calzones and house made salads and desserts in an upscale yet casual, family-oriented pizzeria. Grimaldi’s currently has locations in nine states and was recently named one of the fastest concepts by Restaurant Business Magazine. Source:

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