ManBQue Approved: Coalfire Pizza


ManBQue Approved: Coalfire Pizza

IMG_7917 It takes guts to run a legit East Coast-style pizza joint in the home of the deep dish bravado. Hell, opening and running it is the easy part, getting good enough for Chicagoans to sing your praises is what’s impressive and the guys at Coalfire Pizza have done just that.

I hope the toppings were removed first...
I hope the toppings were removed first…

There’s really too many things to love about this place. There’s a minor detail that is really a very important one; the size of their menu. It’s simple and very deliciously effective.They know what they’re good at and that’s their focus. Pizza, calzones and salads. There’s also a secret room where they keep all of their coal, which was pretty damn cool.

Need some charcoal?
Need some charcoal?

Dave Bonomi and his crew do a great job and that’s why they have earned the honor of being our first ManBQue Approved establishment. Stop by and tell them that ManBQue sent you!

The Coalfire guys and The Godfather
The Coalfire guys and The Godfather

Quality: The ingredients are always fresh and delicious. They get their sausage from Bari Foods which is always a great idea. The crust is perfectly crispy on the outside and wonderfully chewy on the inside.

Atmosphere: Coalfire Pizza reminds of the good pizza joints in Brooklyn except you get treated like your’e family or an old friend. From the owners to the servers, everyone makes you feel welcome which has made everyone of my experiences so enjoyable.

What you MUST try: I know it’s pretty lame and generic to try everything here, but I will say this: you HAVE to try as many pizzas as possible. But obviously, you probably can’t eat as much as me so I’ll tell you the 3 MUST-MUST eat pizzas;

1. ‘Nduja pizza: Nduja is a soft, spreadable sausage that was loosely based on andoullie. You have to try this pizza, nobody else in the city seems to be doing this and Coalfire is rocking it.

You HAVE to try this!
You HAVE to try this!

2. White, clam pizza: Each bite of this pizza takes me back to New Haven, CT. It’s THAT good. The clams are fresh every day.

Better than the East Coast...
Better than the East Coast…

3. Mortadella pizza: This pizza comes with in egg in the middle wich makes it seem like they’re cheating. This pizza is just too good and the smokiness really gives the mortadella an amazing flavor.

Just like mama used to make. (If she made this)
Just like mama used to make. (If she made this)

Price/valueAll of the pizzas are 14″ (8 slices) and they start at $14.50 and stay under $20 which is a great price for such a quality pizza.

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Coalfire Pizza: 1321 W. Grand Ave.,  Chicago, IL  312-226-2625  

*All photos by Aubrey Boonstra

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