Fired Up

Wayne gets a new pizza joint.

Anthony Bruno

I’m really excited about Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza (, which opened Sept. 8 in Wayne. The menu looks pretty delish, and with the power of an 800-degree anthracite oven behind the pies and other dishes, my taste buds are jumping. I had to pass on a pre-opening invite, but I’m hoping to take my kids there soon.

Coal-oven-roasted chicken wingsThe Italian soul food especially looks yum-o. I’m absolutely loving the sound of the coal oven-roasted chicken wings and broccoli rabe and sausage. I can’t overrate yet the eggplant, which comes as soul food and as a pizza topping; it’s one of my favorite foods and will be the barometer for me.

Meatball and ricotta pizzaI think people are ready for a sit-down pizza place like this. From all that I’ve gleaned via the pre-hype and on the web, the food is pretty darn good. I bet the teens will be more than willing to walk those extra few blocks, but we parents may also have to dole out a little extra cash because this is feeling much more gourmet than Wayne’s favorite kid-friendly haunts.

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What I really think is great is that they offer tuna—made the Italian way with extra virgin olive oil, not mayo—and that the only dessert they have is New York-style cheesecake. With a family name like Gatti, I know Italian. I am crossing my fingers that this place over-delivers. If you go, e-mail me:

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