I have been wanting to go here forever. I’ve heard people talk about their roasted cauliflower pizza and how it’s the best pizza in the whole world. For people to talk about a Vegetarian pie as being some of the best in the world that has to be saying a lot.
We found ourselves in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami late on a Saturday night searching for grub. The usual popular hangouts like Shake Shack and Yardbird were packed as usual. I was giving up and just wanted to get out of the chaos. Just as we were getting ready to turn onto the A1A bridge to head back to the mainland we found an Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. Turns out, this was a newly opened eatery and had still not been discovered by too many yet. We were able to walk in and get a table right away though it was the last open table in the small dining room.
We kept it simple. We didn’t want a lot of food so we ordered a large Roasted Cauliflower Pizza to split. Before our pizza had arrived the manager visited the table, bringing us a sample of the Eggplant Marino and a tasting of the roasted cauliflower. Our server had apparently informed him that we were first time visitors as well as non-meat eaters. Nice touch.
The Eggplant Marino (named after co-owner Dan Marino- yes, the football guy) was delicious. Very thinly sliced eggplant rolled and lightly breaded topped with tomato sauce and Romano cheese.
When our Roasted Cauliflower Pizza arrived I was happy we didn’t opt for any salad to start the meal. The pizza was huge. Enormous pieces of cauliflower were roasted and placed on a crust brushed with garlic and olive oil, then topped with cheese and breadcrumbs. While it sounds great on paper I am not sure it was executed very well.
First off, I have roasted cauliflower at home and been able to avoid the burnt stage. The cauliflower didn’t look too burnt but certainly tasted so. There was no other flavor here other than the taste of burnt food. Secondly, the cauliflower pieces were so large that the pizza could only be eaten with a fork and knife. Many times I was eating pieces of cauliflower without the crust because the pieces were just so large.
I get that the concept of a coal fired pizza is slightly charring the crust of the pizza. However, here the crust was undercooked and the toppings were very charred.
I am not sure if the cauliflower tasted too burnt for us or if the pizza was just too large but we ended up with some leftovers. Basically, the flavor was very monotone and got boring. I didn’t even want to eat the leftovers the next day.
We will certainly try Anthony’s again. We are hoping maybe this visit was just a fluke. I’ve heard too many people talk so highly about this one pizza that I feel like I have to give it another shot. But for now- service gets 5 sprouts most definitely but that pizza is about a 1- so three sprouts for now and I will be sure to update after our next visit.
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza has restaurants in six states including Florida, New Jersey and New York.