The DNAinfo archives brought to you by WNYC.
Read the press release here.

Grimaldi's Pizza Heats Up Kips Bay with New Brick-Oven Outpost

KIPS BAY — Grimaldi’s Pizza is bringing it famed pies to the East Side — with a side of Sinatra.

The popular pizza chain debuted its fourth location in the city at 462 Second Ave. Friday, taking over the space once belonging to brick-oven favorite Totonno's, which closed a couple of years ago.

Grimaldi's will be operating on a limited schedule until things are fully up and running, said general manager Dan Taormina, noting that new additions like beer and wine and a weekend piano player will add extra pizzazz to the pizza joint.

“We wanted to do a soft opening for now,” he said. “We’ll be open fully for lunch and dinner in the next couple of weeks.”

The restaurant, which is still waiting for its liquor license, will only be open from 5 to 10 p.m. until its full opening, when it will stay open from noon to 11 p.m.

The new Grimaldi’s includes a to-go section in front, and a two-floor dining area in the back.

“The top floor is available for private parties,” Taormina noted of any pie-lovers who want to book the space.

Grimaldi’s hopes to add a variety of small salads and beer and wine to its menu, which isn’t available in its other Manhattan location at 656 Sixth Ave.

On Saturday nights, a singer and pianist named Ernie Barry will be performing live at the restaurant, singing the songs of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jerry Vale and others.

Despite the additions, Grimaldi’s will be serving the same brick-oven pies that have made it so popular, Taormina said.

“It’s the same concept, the same guys and same product,” he said.