April 15, 2016 |

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Announces Franchise Unit Opportunities Overseas


Restaurant Group Adds Growth Plans to Open 50 Additional Restaurants Internationally and Domestically

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (March 28, 2016) — 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 plans to open franchise opportunities internationally. Franchise information and applications are now available on their website, www.grimaldispizzeria.com, for parties interested in expanding outside the United States. Until now all Grimaldi’s Pizzeria restaurants have been company owned.

In addition to international growth, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is continuing to focus on U.S. growth, including plans for six additional locations before the end of 2016. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria currently owns and operates 45 locations domestically. With additional locations planned in Memphis, Flagstaff, Mobile, Richmond and Houston, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is expected to be over fifty units by the end of the year.

“For years we have been approached by groups interested in owning a slice of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria” said Joe Ciolli, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria’s Chief Executive Officer, “After diligently working on enriching our brand, we finally feel ready to increase our global footprint and expand overseas. With the amount of inquiries we have received in 2015, we are on track to open our first few locations outside the U.S. by next year. As we continue to grow, so will our corporate infrastructure to support our market partners.”

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, 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.

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 eleven states and was recently named one of the fastest concepts by Restaurant Business Magazine. In 2015, Grimaldi’s was awarded with the International Five Star Diamond Award from the Academy of Hospitality Sciences.

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