Wherever there's great pizza, it seems there's bitter fighting. Current case in point: the owner of Grimaldi's Pizza in Brooklyn, NY is suing Patsy Grimaldi. Here's the story: Patsy Grimaldi opened his eponymous pizzeria in 1990. He sold it to Frank Ciolli in 1998. Mr. Ciolli's lease was not renewed last year, forcing him to relocate to the former bank building next door. Patsy Grimaldi decided to move into the space just vacated by Grimaldi's with a new pizzeria, named Juliana's because he sold the rights to his name to Mr. Ciolli when he sold the restaurant. Mr. Ciolli sued Mr. Grimaldi, claiming violation of a non-compete clause in the original sale of Grimaldi's. Mr. Grimaldi claimed that the non-compete expired years ago.
The city rarely approves the installation of new coal ovens. When Mr. Ciolli moved next door with Grimaldi's, he ran into problems when his coal oven at the new place was reported to authorities anonymously. Mr. Ciolli believes it was Mr. Grimaldi who ratted him out. Now Mr. Ciolli is charging that Mr. Grimaldi's coal oven is illegal. Mr. Grimaldi contends he has refurbished an existing oven, which is legal, not installed a new oven.