Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Now Open in West Des Moines

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Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has opened a second location in the Des Moines metro area at West Glen Town Center. Known for its coal-fired pizzas, the new spot brings the iconic Brooklyn pizza experience to West Des Moines, with the same high-quality ingredients and flavors.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Expands to West Des Moines

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, famous for its coal-fired pizzas from Brooklyn, has opened a second location in the Des Moines metro area. The new restaurant is located at West Glen Town Center in the former Club Envy space. This expansion follows the success of their first location in Ankeny, which opened in January.

The restaurant features a dining room with red-and-white checkered tablecloths, a private dining room upstairs for 60 guests, and a narrow patio on the eastern side. The general manager, Zach Baldwin, a Roosevelt High School and Iowa State University graduate, was inspired to bring Grimaldi’s to Iowa after enjoying their pizza in New York City and Arizona.

A Taste of New York in Iowa

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is known for its New York-style pizza, baked in a coal-fired oven. The tradition began in New York when Italian immigrants, unable to find enough oak for wood-fired ovens, turned to anthracite coal. This method gives the pizza its unique flavor and crispiness. The restaurant even uses a water filtration system to replicate Brooklyn water, ensuring the crust tastes the same in Iowa as it does in New York City.

The menu features 12-, 16-, and 18-inch pizzas with options for gluten-friendly or cauliflower crusts. Customers can build their own pizzas or choose from the chef’s collection, which includes options like four cheese, barbecue chicken, Margherita, and The Don with Italian sausage, meatballs, and pepperoni. The restaurant also offers calzones, antipasto plates, bruschetta trios, salads, and desserts such as cannoli, tiramisu, and cheesecake.

High-Quality Ingredients and Authentic Flavors

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria prides itself on using high-quality ingredients. The mozzarella cheese is made in-house with a low moisture, low sodium recipe to withstand the oven’s heat. The sauce is made from San Marzano tomatoes imported from Italy. These key ingredients contribute to the exceptional taste of Grimaldi’s pizzas.

Beyond pizza, the restaurant offers a variety of other dishes, including antipasto plates with mozzarella, Genoa salami, olives, and sweet red peppers, and salads like Caprese and lemon arugula. For dessert, diners can enjoy homemade cannoli, tiramisu, and cheesecake.

Where to Find Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

Location: West Glen Town Center, 5485 Mills Civic Pkwy., West Des Moines

Contact: 515-414-8949 or

Hours: Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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