UPDATE – FRONT & GEORGE ST LOCATION CLOSED FOR BUSINESS
3.5 Stars – Overall Experience
4.0 Stars – Price
3.0 Stars – Service
4.0 Stars – Enjoyment of Food
4.0 Stars – Atmosphere
Tucked away in a small plaza between Front St. and George St., Angelo’s Coal Fired Pizza took over a previous Italian joint that unfortunately couldn’t grab enough customer attention (despite the good food). They have a small patio out front and a large modern Italian space on the inside. Tables are spaced nicely apart, plenty of natural lighting and overall a nice atmosphere. You are also able to see the coal oven and food counter, which I enjoyed watching…especially as I was getting hungrier and hungrier for my food to appear. Good for families or a relaxed date night.
This was unfortunately the most disappointing part of my experience here. First off our waitress was very friendly and I liked her quite a bit, so no complaints on her attitude or demeanor. What I didn’t like was the fact that it became very obvious to me that the entire female waitstaff all had to be a certain type and dress a certain way (very thin and outfits were extremely tight fitted little black dresses that easily came up 5″ above their knee). The men on the other hand were able to wear pants, a shirt and suspenders and looked comfortable executing their job. I had to stop and think where I was for a second (Hooters, the Titlted Kilt…no no I was in a “family friendly” pizza restaurant). I am not a fan of when restaurants type cast their female waitstaff this way. Also I think being a new restaurant, they still have a lot to work out in the way of timing with the kitchen. We received our appetizers in good enough time, but our pizza took what felt like at least 30 mins. Our moods quickly turned as we became hungry (or “hangry” as some might say) and by the time it came out, we were both starving and moody.
One thing I really liked about this restaurant was their house wine option. You could pick either a white or red and it was $1 an oz. This gives the customer control over how much they want to drink and spend. Wish more restaurants would do this! Oh and the wine was pretty decent as well, particularly for the price 🙂
I am a big fan of polenta and personally wish I cooked with it more. It is very versatile and can be sophisticated or fun depending on how you have prepared it. I decided to order their Polenta Fries, which included fontina cheese, crispy mushrooms and truffle aioli…all amazing ingredients! Beautifully presented in a log cabin stack, this appetizer packed a flavourful punch. The truffle aioli seemed to be a bit sparse, but it has a very strong favour so a little went a long way. Would highly recommend this appetizer.
As I already mentioned, we had to wait an extremely long time for our pizza to come out so in my mind coal fired pizza was already steps behind wood oven, which tends to come out very quick. I had thought that we should change things up a bit and order one of the more creative pizza’s from the menu to share. The Carol Pizza offered figs, gorgonzola, pancetta, honey, fiore di latte, dock confit and pistachio crumble. Being a vegetarian I asked for the meat parts to only be on half. I was pretty disappointed with their split on veg vs meat as a lot of the meat crept onto my side so I couldn’t have one of my slices. For some reason there was a citrus flavour coming through on the pizza, which was not great, but I did think it was pretty good overall. Not sure I would order this again, but would probably try to make my own version at home with similar ingredients (and sans meat).
There are definitely plenty of options for a vegetarian to eat. You really can’t go to wrong being a vegetarian in a pizza/pasta based restaurant.
I would say this is a medium price point place. We did order one of their fancier pizza’s, so there is options to make your meal pretty reasonably priced. Especially with that great house wine deal.
Time of Dinner: 7:00pm
Date: Friday Aug 5th, 2016
- House Wine
- Polenta Fries
- Carol Coal Fired Pizza
For more information, please check out their website at http://angeloscoalfiredpizzas.com/