Grimaldi’s Pizzeria pizza thrower tosses dough to entertain kids at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital

(Press Release), Tampa, FL, July 22, 2013 — A group of hospitalized children watched in amazement as award-winning pizzaiolo (pizza maker) Jamie Culliton of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria performed for them on July 15 in the lobby of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa. The two-time world champion pizza thrower tossed and twirled his way through the routines that have made him and his team world champions in the discipline. Following his routine, the children tried their hands at pizza throwing.

“The children really enjoyed it,” said Culliton. “Once they warmed up they were excited to participate and I hope we helped them forget their struggles even if only for a few minutes.”

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria plans to send gifts to those children who were unable to visit the lobby. Culliton has performed his routines for hundreds of guests at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, including special presentations for children from Boys and Girls Clubs and other children’s hospitals.

About Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

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. 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. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has six locations in Florida including Fort Myers, Clearwater, two in the Tampa area, Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach.

About St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital

As Tampa’s first dedicated children’s hospital, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital is designed to meet the unique needs of children and their families by providing high-tech pediatric health care in a family-centered, child-friendly environment. Part of the BayCare Health System, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital is the third largest children’s hospital in Florida, providing more acute medical and surgical pediatric care than all other hospitals in Hillsborough County.

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