Joe Ciolli

Board Member

Joseph M. Ciolli is a seasoned Restaurateur whose Coal Oven Pizzeria brand has developed a cult following in the United States. In 1992 after graduating from Arizona State University, Joseph in his goal of furthering his understanding of the restaurant hospitality business, joined Desert Fare Inc. During his four years with the Hollywood restaurant themed based company, he headed operations for two uniquely popular Arizona locations, known for their bold, unique setting. Eager to fulfill his entrepreneurial ambitions, Joseph left Desert Fare and returned to his hometown of New York City. There he searched for an ideal platform to build upon and it was while working with the famed Brooklyn New York pizzeria Patsy Grimaldi’s that his vision became clear. The three-generation old pizzeria with its devoted customers, perfected recipes and charming traditions must be shared with the world. It was this belief that became Joseph’s driving force and passion. By integrating aspects of fine dining with great pizza and unique New York inspired atmosphere, Joseph has grown Grimaldi’s into an American institution, with over 50 restaurants nationwide. With the brands success Joseph has remained devoted to the communities that have nurtured Grimaldi’s growth by contributing to numerous charities, Child Help, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Fight Night and Saving Hearts Rescue.