By Jacqueline Monahan
Photos by Stephen Thorburn
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza Opens in Town Square
Move over Sammy, and take that pile of wood with you. In what could arguably be called the best use for fossil fuel since diamonds, owner Anthony Bruno opened his 18th coal fired pizza restaurant in Town Square on Las Vegas Boulevard. The Florida-based company has had great success regionally and has now branched out to Las Vegas.
Former Miami Dolphins quarterback, (and restaurant investor) Dan Marino, was on hand for the November 4th grand opening, greeting patrons and posing for pictures at every step. Bruno made the rounds as well, followed by company Vice President Sam Weiss, who encouraged guests to enjoy the array of specialties like a real paesan.
With a popular, upscale location like Town Square, it’s only natural for the interior décor to reflect an elegant casualness. Anthony’s incorporates a low-key sports theme and an old Hollywood nostalgia for ambience. Tables and chairs are heavy, polished wood, and the floor is made up of large stone tiles arrayed in a diamond pattern.
Audrey and Marilyn peek out at you from one corner, while flat screen panels televise the latest sports event from the part of the wall closest to the ceiling. Guests may eat in the large dining area in full view of the oven, or opt for outdoor seating on a spacious patio. There’s also an enclosed dining room available for those who prefer a quieter atmosphere or to host private events.
Servers are friendly and knowledgeable, ready to steer the uninitiated in the right direction. Ours (Lindsey) was able to accommodate vegetarian requests easily and expeditiously.
A full service bar is just around the corner from the “star” of the show, a copper-adorned coal burning oven around which most of the activity centers. The 800 degree oven can cook a pizza in four minutes, producing a crispy, cracker-thin crust. A traditional pie consists of mozzarella, Italian plum tomatoes, Romano cheese, basil and olive oil. Toppings include Italian sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, Calamata olives, prosciutto and arugula (anchovies, peppers and onions as well).
Other restaurant offerings feature coal fired chicken wings, deeply flavorful with a slight crust that teases the tooth. Texture is important. Oversized meatballs are tender and moist, within a pool of homemade marinara sauce.
Veggie lovers can feast on the house salad, which packs a crunch and a vibrant burst of mouth-friendly field greens sprinkled with a lively vinaigrette. The broccoli rabe is served in a pile of slightly bitter, aromatic goodness. These traditional greens are bit of an acquired taste, but reflect traditional Italian fare. Eggplant Marino is comprised of ultra-thin slices of eggplant dusted with Parmesan cheese. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because the dish got its title from being dedicated to its biggest fan Dan Marino, a guy used to having fans of his own.
Dessert lovers will appreciate the almond-encrusted biscotti, so crunchy that you might have to soak it in your coffee first to get a sumptuous bite. That will contrast nicely with the light creaminess of the New York Style Cheesecake, served in a slice big enough to share (but you won’t want to).
Pizza prices range from $7.50 for the lunch size, to $19.50 for a large specialty pie. Salads, sides, wings and foccaccia sandwiches and calzones run from $6.50 to $17.00.
Restaurant hours are: 11:30 a.m. – midnight Sunday-Thursday
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. Friday & Saturday
The restaurant’s slogan is “Pizza Well Done.” Consider that truth in advertising.
Some Coal Hard Facts:
• Anthony’s uses only anthracite coal, the hardest, cleanest-burning kind.
• The coal is harvested from abandoned mines, which are then replanted with grass and trees to return them to their natural state.
• Cooking with coal is eco-friendly and cleaner than cooking with wood or a gas grill.
For Further Information:
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza
6569 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119