Our Story

 

WELCOME TO JULIANA'S, A NEW YORK-STYLE PIZZA emporium. Juliana's heralds  the return of Patsy Grimaldi, New York City’s most celebrated pizza proprietor: not only to the NYC restaurant scene, but to 19 Old Fulton Street, the original location under the Brooklyn Bridge where he and his late wife, Carol, founded legendary Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. Unbeknownst to many, Pat and Carol severed their association with Grimaldi’s more than a decade ago when they sold the restaurant (along with their name) to a former customer. Even though they were no longer involved in the business they made famous, they never lost their zeal for serving (and eating!) truly great pizza. And so, after many requests from friends and family—and a desire to re-live a “dream come true”—they partnered with long-time close friend, Matthew Grogan, to establish Juliana’s, a neighborhood pizzeria, proudly preparing and serving pies the way Patsy has for generations: deliciously thin crusts hosting only the finest housemade, locally and internationally-sourced toppings, expertly turned inside the original hand-built, blazingly hot hearth—the first coal-fired oven commissioned in New York in over fifty years. 

Who is 'Juliana'

JULIANA'S IS AFFECTIONATELY NAMED IN HONOR OF PATSY'S MOTHER, JULIANA 'JULIA' GRIMALDI. JULIANA was born in Melfi, Italy, the youngest child of Domenico and Amalia Lancieri. She had three older brothers: Luigi, Franco and Pasquale. In the early 1900s, the family emigrated to the U.S. and settled in New York City. In 1925, Pasquale Lancieri (by then known as ‘Patsy’) and his wife, Carmella, opened a pastry shop on First Avenue in upper Manhattan. In 1933, they converted the shop to a restaurant, known today as the famous Patsy’s Pizzeria. Although the Lancieri family sold its interest in the mid-1990s, it still stands in its original East Harlem location.

Meanwhile, Juliana fell in love with a fellow immigrant, a kindly music teacher named Frederico Grimaldi, who hailed from Nocera Inferiore, in the province of Salerno, just outside of Naples. They married, settled in the Bronx and had six children, with Patsy as the youngest. Sadly, Frederico died when Patsy was only ten years old and so he and his siblings were forced to go to work to support the family. Fortunately, Pat was able to get a job at his Uncle Patsy’s restaurant, starting out as a busboy. Within a few months, he moved to the pizza shop, where his obsession with pizza began to develop. Although he eventually pursued his own path, Patsy’s passion for great pizza and uncompromising commitment to quality have never waned. And so after many years of searching for just the right spot—and with encouragement from his mother—Pat’s dream of opening his own pizzeria finally came true, as he and Carol created what would eventually become known as Grimadi’s, now home to Juliana’s.