Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza opened up its 28th restaurant Monday evening in Woodbury, with an appearance from NFL legend and Anthony’s partner, Dan Marino.
The South Florida-based restaurant chain is owned by Franklin Square native Anthony Bruno, who moved to Florida 30 years ago to start up “Anthony’s Runway 84" in Fort Lauderdale. The first Coal Fired location was opened soon after, just a block away from Runway.
“Our pizza is well-done,” Bruno said. “It’s crispy and dark."
Besides the 800-degree coal oven pizza, Bruno said another reason he thinks the restaurant stands out is because of the quality of the ingredients and the focus on the main dishes.
“We don’t have a huge menu,” Bruno explained. “We’ve very old school, we use fresh sauce. The chicken wings are roasted in our coal-oven. It’s just a great place to hang out.”
The menu includes those unique coal oven roasted chicken wings (10 for $9.50 or 20 for $15.50), and an assortment of specialty pies which include: Meatball and Ricotta, Roasted Cauliflower, and the "Eggplant Marino." 12-inch pies are $16.75 while 16-inch pies are $19.75.
“I just used to order eggplant on my pizza all the time, so [Anthony] asked to name it after me and we just went with it,” said Marino, a long-time friend of Bruno.
Other New York locations include Carle Place, which has been open for nine months, and White Plains. Bruno said they are looking at possibly opening another location in Greenvale or Merrick.
“Woodbury was just a good spot for us, with the combination of offices and residential,” Bruno said.
Marino, who signed autographs and took photos with family guests and fans, said he likes Green Bay, New England, and Pittsburgh this upcoming football season. A signed Miami Dolphin's jersey hangs to the right of the bar, which may upset some Jets faithful. Bruno said he is not worried.
“Everybody who was a Jets fan, wanted him anyway,” he said.