Checking Out Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza in Aventura
|Photos by Jacquelynn D. Powers|
|A slice of the eggplant Marino at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza.|
After a recent meal there, I can say I am impressed. But whether I'll be driving back to Aventura (or to one of the other far-away locations) anytime soon -- not so much.
The starter salad, which is meant to be shared, was a substantial portion of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, olives, chickpeas, and celery. The dressing, however, was overloaded with vinegar. Frankly, the salad from Macaluso's kicks its ass.
As for the wings: If you are on a health bent, these are for you. The chicken is not breaded or deep-fried, as most wings are. Instead, they are grilled in a special 800-degree coal-fired oven and served sans sauce or blue cheese. The only kick they get comes from the accompanying grilled onions, which are served piping-hot on top. In my book, the caramelized onions make the dish, and we ordered an extra batch to enliven the chicken wings.
|Chicken wings with grilled onions.|
Although Anthony's has the vibe of a neighborhood joint (replete with guests clapping every time a server dropped a tray), they are expanding at breakneck speed. There are 20 locations throughout Florida, plus eateries in Delaware, Nevada, and Pennsylvania. Coming soon, according to their website, are ACFP's in New York and New Jersey.
Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza
17901 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura