Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Coming Soon to Overland Park’s Prairiefire

Scottsdale, AZ, May 03, 2015 –(– Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, famously known for their award-winning hand-tossed, coal-fired brick oven pizzas and calzones, fresh salads and delicious desserts is announcing its plans to open in Prairiefire, at the corner of 135th Street and Nall Avenue in Overland Park, Kansas. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria will occupy a 4,000 square foot space that includes a patio and private event dining. Opening is currently set for early fall.

“Kansas has been on our target map for several years and the Prairiefire location in Overland Park, was truly a perfect match for our concept,” said Joe Ciolli, Chief Executive Officer of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. “We cannot wait to bring our brand of pizza perfection to the community of Overland Park.”

Grimaldi’s pizzeria has shown tremendous growth in 2014 and has promised to continue their expansion plans throughout 2015. This year they were named top 50 fastest growing restaurant groups by Restaurant Business Magazine. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria currently has thirty-seven locations across the US, including Texas, Nevada, Idaho, Louisiana, Florida, Arizona, Colorado, California, South Carolina and its flagship stores in New York City.

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 5-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 Kansas.

Grimaldi’s offers guests a selection of beers as well as an extensive list of wines (by the glass and bottle) to complement their freshly prepared salads, hand tossed pizzas and calzones and famous desserts. For more information on Grimaldi’s Pizzeria visit

About Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
In the world of pizza, Grimaldi’s is an institution. Using only the freshest ingredients, “secret recipe” pizza sauce, homemade mozzarella cheese and dough, Grimaldi’s serves award-winning, hand-tossed, coal-fired brick oven pizzas, calzones and house made salads and desserts in an upscale yet casual, family-oriented pizzeria. Grimaldi’s currently has locations in nine states and was recently named one of the fastest concepts by Restaurant Business Magazine.

About Prairiefire (
Prairiefire, which opened in May 2014, comprises 58 acres at 135th Street and Nall Avenue in Overland Park, Kan. The project’s initial phase includes the Museum at Prairiefire, which will host traveling exhibitions through a unique collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The first phase also includes an interpretive hiking/biking trail winding through an educational wetlands park and around the entire development, as well as 420 luxury apartments and 207,000 square feet of retail space hosting first-to-market retailers. The project’s second phase will include a hotel, additional residential and retail space and a central plaza for outdoor events.

About Merrill Companies, LLC (
Merrill Companies, LLC, develops, invests and provides real estate consulting and management services to clients through joint ventures, full ownership and development opportunities. The company’s signature development, Prairiefire, is a 58-acre mixed-use project in Overland Park, Kan., that will include shops, restaurants, entertainment venues, and residential and office space. Its distinguishing attraction will be the Museum of Prairiefire, which will host traveling exhibitions through a first-of-a-kind partnership with the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

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