I know NY is supposed to be one of the pizza capitals of the United States, but I’m going to be honest, my favorite pizza place near home is actually in NJ. Shocking I know, something good actually exists in NJ. A coworker recommended Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, a cute little chain restaurant that specializes in “well done” coal fired pizzas, and it soon became a staple in Cody’s and my restaurant circuit. In the summer, they have patio seating in the front and can push the windows to the bar out so you can enjoy a beer and some pizza with the lovely view of the highway in front of you. Ok, location is meh but a patio is a patio.
While I may have started this post as if it was going to be about the pizza, in my opinion the real star is their coal fired wings. They’re roasted to perfection until crispy and just barely blackened, seasoned with some type of lemony-garlic blend, and served with caramelized onions and soft focaccia triangles.
The skin is always crispy and succulent, while the meat is juicy and tender. These are so far beyond the sad, sorry wings that come breaded, or deep fried, and slathered in some goopy, bottled sauce with a side of blue cheese or ranch.
As if the wings weren’t enough reason to come here, they offer half priced craft beers on Mondays and Tuesdays! Let’s just say when we come to eat here, it’s always on a Monday or Tuesday. Or, if you’re partial to liquor, Wednesdays are “Martini and Meatball” night.
As far as the pizza goes, I really like the unique specialty options like broccoli rabe and sausage (below), or the Paul & Yong Ron which is loaded with meatballs, sausage, peppers and ricotta. We got that once and it’s a doozy, you’ll be stuffed after one slice. If you want to create your own, they have some more tasty options than your average pizza chain like kalamata olives, long hot finger peppers, and anchovies. The menu is small, but I have yet to have something that isn’t done well.
It’s hard to branch out from getting wings every time, but I’m really looking forward to trying their famous meatballs, as well as the eggplant marino and philly cheesesteak pizzas. Maybe it’s about time I stopped by again! Only two days until Monday.