December 10th, 2013
Years ago, Geoffrey and I heard a story about Patsy Grimaldi. When he’d sold his famous (well, famous to us pizza lovers) pizzerias, he’d agreed to a non-compete clause. At the time of telling, Pasty would have been in his seventies. We laughed with awe and appreciation. The new owner was really worried Patsy would open another pizzeria? Yes, indeed.
A few years ago, my dad called from Brooklyn to report Juliana’s was opening next door to Grimaldi’s. Yes, indeed. The non-compete clause had ended. The lettering on the window proudly proclaims Founded by Patsy Grimaldi. Coal Fired New York Sired. Patsy’s in his 80′s now and still doing what he’s passionate about – making pizza. We are awed and inspired!
Here’s my dad’s note – along with a photo of the 2.
Me and Patsy Grimaldi at Juliana’s. He was very interested in Prima Strada. Went through your web site with me. I couldn’t answer all of his questions. You can when you’re here. Left him your card.
Needless to say, we are looking forward to our next trip to Brooklyn.
Vince DeCarolis and Patsy Grimaldi – November 2013
November 15th, 2013
The PPS team is a group of very unique people, united in their love of food, wine and (of course) local beer! With two locations operating on different schedules, it’s hard to get everyone together. But when we do, it’s pure magic.
A few weeks ago, the staff got together for a classic Halloween party. Costumes ranged from Macho Man Randy Savage to Math (or maybe he was Division?). Everyone showed up ready to celebrate. Kegs from Bridge’s neighborhood breweries were tapped and paired perfectly with tacos fresh from the Tacofino Truck – thanks for the wonderful tacos!
After an impromptu wrestling match (check the photos) and the costume contest winners were announced, the PPS team hopped on a bus bound for Miracle Lanes and disco bowling. The staff had such a great time, everyone is already counting down to our next celebration.
If it looks like working for Prima Strada is fun – that’s because it is! More photos of all the amazing, creative and unique costumes will be posted on the PPS Facebook page soon. We voted for our favorite costumes – check out the photos and tell us who’s your favorite!
July 29th, 2013
On August 5, we celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Pizzeria Prima Strada. It’s the day we officially opened the doors of PPS Cook Street to family, friends, a neighborhood and community that has welcomed and supported the pizzeria. We are awed by the support we have and continue to receive.
Our mission was to create a neighborhood pizzeria: a local spot welcoming the youngest and the oldest, the single, a couple, family and friends. While we’re thrilled to be a pizzeria that’s become a destination searched for by lovers of a great pizza pie, we are thankful for our Victoria community. It is the local crew that eats pizzas in January and February (the quietest months of the year) and celebrates with us year round. We have been privileged to be a part of many special events – birthdays, retirements, weddings, graduations (from last day of Kindergarten to a UVic diploma), the return home from travels and the end of a long week.
Mille grazie to the PPS team. In the last five years, we’ve added to the Prima family with weddings, celebrated the purchases of first homes, traveled to Italy for pizza, wine and cheese and celebrated the arrival of babies (and expect two more this fall!). Prima translates as first or best and the PPS team is without exception both!
Stop by Pizzeria Prima Strada Cook Street on August 5 to help us celebrate our first five! Buy a pie and to say thanks, we’ll be giving our fans the newest Pizzeria Prima Strada shirt to celebrate! *while supplies last
December 19th, 2012
Thank you to everyone who helped us raise money for Movember Canada – we couldn’t have done it without you! This year we donated $2 from every feature pizza sold on Tuesdays in Movember, all of which will go to Prostate Cancer Canada’s research.
As our team grows we hope to make a bigger impact – we’re already looking forward to next year! Until then, we’ll keep it relatively clean-shaven. Grazie mille from all of us on the PPS Ragazzi Movember Team!