Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza

3 out of 5 sprouts

3 out of 5 sprouts

I have been wanting to go here forever.  I’ve heard people talk about their roasted cauliflower pizza and how it’s the best pizza in the whole world.  For people to talk about a Vegetarian pie as being some of the best in the world that has to be saying a lot.

Anthonys Coal Fire Pizza South Beach

We found ourselves in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami late on a Saturday night searching for grub.  The usual popular hangouts like Shake Shack and Yardbird were packed as usual.  I was giving up and just wanted to get out of the chaos.  Just as we were getting ready to turn onto the A1A bridge to head back to the mainland we found an Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza.  Turns out, this was a newly opened eatery and had still not been discovered by too many yet.  We were able to walk in and get a table right away though it was the last open table in the small dining room.

Eggplant Marino Anthonys Coal Fire Pizza

We kept it simple.  We didn’t want a lot of food so we ordered a large Roasted Cauliflower Pizza to split.  Before our pizza had arrived the manager visited the table, bringing us a sample of the Eggplant Marino and a tasting of the roasted cauliflower.  Our server had apparently informed him that we were first time visitors as well as non-meat eaters.  Nice touch.

Eggplant Marino

The Eggplant Marino (named after co-owner Dan Marino- yes, the football guy) was delicious.  Very thinly sliced eggplant rolled and lightly breaded topped with tomato sauce and Romano cheese.

Roasted Cauliflower Pizza

When our Roasted Cauliflower Pizza arrived I was happy we didn’t opt for any salad to start the meal.  The pizza was huge.  Enormous pieces of cauliflower were roasted and placed on a crust brushed with garlic and olive oil, then topped with cheese and breadcrumbs.  While it sounds great on paper I am not sure it was executed very well.

Roasted Cauliflower Anthonys Coal Fire Pizza The Hungry Sprout

First off, I have roasted cauliflower at home and been able to avoid the burnt stage.  The cauliflower didn’t look too burnt but certainly tasted so.  There was no other flavor here other than the taste of burnt food.  Secondly, the cauliflower pieces were so large that the pizza could only be eaten with a fork and knife.  Many times I was eating pieces of cauliflower without the crust because the pieces were just so large.

I get that the concept of a coal fired pizza is slightly charring the crust of the pizza.  However, here the crust was undercooked and the toppings were very charred.

Roasted Cauliflower Pizza Anthonys Coal Fire Pizza

I am not sure if the cauliflower tasted too burnt for us or if the pizza was just too large but we ended up with some leftovers.  Basically, the flavor was very monotone and got boring.  I didn’t even want to eat the leftovers the next day.

We will certainly try Anthony’s again.  We are hoping maybe this visit  was just a fluke.  I’ve heard too many people talk so highly about this one pizza that I feel like I have to give it another shot.  But for now- service gets 5 sprouts most definitely but that pizza is about a 1- so three sprouts for now and I will be sure to update after our next visit.

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza has restaurants in six states including Florida, New Jersey and New York.

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza website

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3 comments for “Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza

  1. Helen Corbin
    June 25, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I am not sure that cauliflower pizza would have a great flavor anyway it was fixed. To me that is again adding flour (the crust) to (cauli)flower. I would rather have the cauliflower roasted by itself and save pizza for tomatoes, basil, etc.

  2. Chad
    June 25, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    The crust didn’t bother me much, but I agree it would have been better if they had used about 1/4 of the cauliflower and chopped it up to be the size of any other toppings so that you could eat it like a normal pizza.

  3. July 4, 2014 at 6:12 am

    Mmmm. Pizza. Yummy!

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