Grimaldi’s Pizzeria turns a page for children this holiday season


FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 20, 2012) -- Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, famous for its award-winning, hand-tossed, coal-fired brick oven pizzas and calzones, is helping the cause for children’s literacy with their “Books for Kids” holiday book drive. Located at The Bell Tower Shops on U.S. 41 and Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers, the community is encouraged to drop off new or “gently loved” books for children from now until Dec. 21.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is partnering with the Literacy Council Gulf Coast, a community-based program assisting adults and children to acquire the literacy skills necessary to improve their quality of life. The Books for Kids effort will allow Literacy Council volunteers to distribute the books at their annual “Moms and Tots” holiday party to children who might not otherwise have their own books.

“We are very excited about ‘Books for Kids,’” said Scott Flinn, general manager of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Fort Myers. “We have always focused on the children in our community, and are looking forward to helping with learning and literacy through the gift of books.”

For more information call Grimaldi’s Pizzeria at 239-432-9767. For information on literacy, contact Literacy Council Gulf Coast,, 239-676-5202.

More about Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
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 five-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 (cleanest burning fuel available and environmentally tested), 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.

It has been said that the secret to true New York-style pizza is the water. Grimaldi's believes that too, going to great lengths to keep the integrity of the water used in the Brooklyn pizzeria by hiring a chemist to analyze and recreate the mineral content and exact composition of the water to ensure the dough tastes the same in Florida.

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