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Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza in Fair Lawn

zhelder | Apr 8, 201405:27 AM

I know Anthony's is a mini-chain, but since their presence is limited to Florida and some Northeast states, I figured it would be OK to talk about them here. Anthony's is the first restaurant to open in the new Fair Lawn Promenade. I went to the one in Clifton once, and I really enjoyed the place, so I'm glad there's now one much closer to me.

Anthony's bakes all their food in a coal oven. Their menu is limited, but the food is darn good. The pizzas have a nice char with good sauce and cheese. Their meatballs are the best I've had in a restaurant, and are served with fresh ricotta, delicious focaccia, and marinara sauce. I tried their ribs last night too, deliciously charred pork ribs served with a pepper medley. They also offered a free wing sample, and the wings were tasty too.

They offer some specials on certain days. On Mondays, they offer half off craft beers. On Wednesdays, they do something called Martinis and Meatballs, where you supposedly get unlimited meatballs if you buy a martini.

I was surprised at how small the Fair Lawn location is. It's about 1/3 or 1/4 the size of Clifton. It is very nice inside, with nicely spaced tables and chairs, a nice (but small) bar, and tons of HDTVs. My only fear is that the location will not be large enough to handle the eventual demand, leading to more seats being squished in. After all, a modern shopping center like this is a first for Fair Lawn, and the center is going to contain a lot of restaurants new to the area (Noodles and Company, California-based Habit Burger, Qdoba, and other shops).

One caveat if you're planning to zip out in the next few days to check them out: the local roads providing access to the shopping center have not been open yet, meaning the only entrance and exit to the Promenade right now is through 208 North. A bit of a PITA.

Anthony's is a bit more expensive than the local 'za joint, but it's quality food. They're a welcome addition to the area.

P.S. The Fair Lawn location is having its Grand Opening Celebration on Wed. April 9. Dan Marino, who is a partner in the chain, will be there.

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