Good pizza for a price.
When this first opened I was excited to have a local brick over pizza place. But like many people, we were surprised to drop in at dinner a few years back and find no pizza and a menu of pricey Italian entrees.
This week, me and the work crew were headed to our favorite thai spot across the street, Sweet Basil. If you haven’t been, you have to go! It is one of my favorite places in town. Fortunately for Coal Fired, our party was too big to be seated at Sweet basil so we headed over to Coal Fired “Bistro” — I don’t speak great European, but I am pretty sure “bistro” means small and pricey.
As we walked in, I was asked about their pizza and quickly said, “They don’t do pizza any more, its fancier than that.”
And then I had to eat my words, and their pizza.
I was pleasantly suprised to see three pizzas back on the menu: a margarita, a meatlovers, and a mushroom. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to broaden my horizons a little and order new stuff, the other is to eat healthier (and believe it or not, eat less pizza). So I threw resolution #2 out the window, and ordered the Meat Me in the Middle. I typically avoid the heavy, meat loaded pies but thought this one was pretty good sounding.
I had the 12 inch with pepperoni, prosciutto, pancetta, roasted garlic, and mozzarella for $15. My friends at WebSiteBiz, a great SEO marketing firm in Charlotte, NC picked up the tab so I really shouldn’t complain about the price.
It was not pretty, a very good sign for an expensive lunch spot. My first bite was great. It tasted very fresh and right out of the brick oven. It had a flavorful cheese and sauce combination with a thin and crispy crust. The salty taste pulled from the proscuitto, pepporoni and pancetta complemented the rest of the pie and did not over power it at all. Overall, it was delicious and I highly recommed it.
The rest of my party was all very complimentary of their lunches as well, accept the ravioli my friend ordered was samller than an appetizer but he said it was delicious.
I like being surprised to find another good pie, and I recommend you give Coal Fired Bistro a try.