Grimaldis opens in Sea Cliff

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Grimaldis, the coal-oven pizza behemoth with branches in New York, New Jersey, Arizona, South Carolina, Texas and Nevada, has opened a location in Sea Cliff. (The Grimaldis in Garden City is not a part of the chain.)

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Mike Napoli, who owns the Sea Cliff franchise, is a former Wall Street guy who decided (perhaps mistakenly, he now acknowledges) that he was up for something more relaxing. Before it closed, Napolis mother owned the Club House in Port Washington, so he has restaurants in his blood. Hes also a pizza aficionado, a firm believer in the superiority of the coal oven, and a longtime fan of Grimaldis.

As at all Grimaldis (and most coal-oven places): no slices. We dont have any pies sitting around on the shelf, Napoli said. Id rather people didnt even take out. The pie should be eaten fresh out of the oven.

For now, the pizzeria is open Tuesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. til closing and the menu doesnt stray far from pizzas (small, $12; large, $14) and salad. But more items and more hours will be added shortly. You gotta walk before you can run, Napoli said.

Grimaldis is at 243 Glen Cove Ave., Sea Cliff, 516-671-3093.

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