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Bar Visit: Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza – A Craft Take on Pizza & Beer

Bar Visit: Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza – A Craft Take on Pizza & Beer

by Matt Brasch

There are many traditional American “combo” comfort foods – macaroni & cheese, tomato soup & grilled cheese, and of course, pizza & beer.  While the phrase “pizza & beer” may initially bring to mind a cheesy slice of limp dough with dripping yellow grease that makes it hard to pick up your can of Budweiser, one visit to Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza will change your impression of pizza & beer forever.

Anthony’s menu includes several specialty pizzas cooked in coal ovens that give them a smoky, lightly charred flavor.  The “Meatballs and Ricotta” pizza is topped with mini-meatballs that are homemade from a recipe passed down from the restaurant founder’s grandmother.  A big  surprise is the “Roasted Cauliflower Pizza” – with olive oil, garlic, and Romano and Mozzarella cheeses – a fantastic choice for vegetarian pizza fans!

The revolving craft beer list provides several options for perfect pairings with the pizza.  On a recent visit, Manayunk Brewing Company’s Yunkin’ Pumpkin was a complimentary side with the Fresh Mozzarella, Diced Tomato & Basil Pizza, and the Ballatine IPA provided a nice balance to the meal.  In Anthony’s Florida locations you can find a signature beer, “Fuhgeddaboudit Red,” brewed exclusively for Anthony’s by Funky Buddha Brewing located outside Fort Lauderdale. 

Anthony’s also serves wings, sandwiches and “Italian Soul Food” in a cozy atmosphere.  The Horsham location has several televisions inside to watch football while enjoying the craft made pizza and beer, and a nice outdoor seating area around a firepit emblazoned with their motto, “Well Done.”  With several restaurants in the greater Philadelphia / New Jersey area, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza lives up to its motto, “Our pizza is well done” and should be on your list of places to visit!

You can read more from Matt Brasch on his website: http://thebrewholder.com

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