The Brooklyn pizza battle that has waged on for the past year has finally reached at least one cooling point: a Queens judge ruled this week that famed pizzaiolo Patsy Grimaldi's new DUMBO joint Juliana's has a right to open just up the block from Frank Ciolli-owned Grimaldi's.
Ciolli, who purchased the original Grimaldi's name from Patsy Grimaldi for half a million bucks in 1998, filed an injection against Grimaldi's new pizza place in September, claiming it would create "unjust competition" for his Grimaldi's. But Queens County Supreme Court Justice Augustus Agate has O.K.-ed Patsy's return to DUMBO pizza prime, ruling that the new joint, located in Grimaldi's original spot before it was forced to move last year, is just "healthy competition" for Ciolli's place.
Juliana's is now open at 19 Old Fulton St—we checked it out last week—but don't you think the pizza wars are over just yet. Ciolli's crew filed a complaint against Grimaldi for allegedly installing an illegal coal oven in Juliana's earlier this month, and we expect there's still more tomato-red bloodshed to come.