Coal Fired Pizza Perfection in the Heart of Cranston, RI

Rachel Pintarelli

(Cranston, RI) I'm always in the mood for a good slice of pizza, but after a while in this state, they all start to taste the same. Luckily, Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza in Cranston, Rhode Island has come to the rescue, and is quickly becoming a favorite spot to meet up with family and grab a bite.

Recently, we all met up on a quiet Tuesday evening where I personally indulged in their Eggplant Marino Pizza. Everything tasted super fresh and it was served piping hot. If you love eggplant and you love pizza, I'd say this one is a no brainer. The eggplant is paper thin, making it easy to take bite after bite without worrying about losing all the toppings in that first mouthful. I had nearly not a complaint, for one thing. Being an Italian girl who loves her pizza pie smothered in “gravy”, I felt it could use just a bit more in the way of what most everyone else would call “sauce”. Otherwise, it was pretty much pizza perfection.

If eggplant isn't your thing, fret not, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza has a huge array of choices that include some pretty creative pizza specials like Broccoli Rabe & Sausage, Roasted Cauliflower or maybe something as simple as their Meatballs & Ricotta Pizza will tempt you? I know it’s next on my list. If you are super particular, you can always tackle the “build your own” option that includes unique pickings like Kalamata Olives, Prosciutto and Long Hot Finger Peppers.

The other thing I love? If I'm having a "not feeling the carbs" kind of night, they have a couple really choice salad options that you can pair with a single side order of what they call “Italian soul food”. Some of those pizza toppings re-appear without the guilt of the crust; thin layer eggplant (sans cheese) or a meatball on the side are my magical “veggies and protein” combo…Italian style. Not that the health pros would agree. What they would agree on? Calorie counts are present everywhere on the menu (kudos!), so you can make smart choices or choose a guilty pleasure.

Another guilty pleasure? Ending the night with a fabulous cappuccino, and a sweet lil' biscotti cookie.

But let’s face it, when you are heading out for a slice (or 2, or 3…) of Italian pizza indulgence, you aren’t usually worrying about the calorie count or the salad options. That said, it’s nice to know Rhode Island has a place that allows you to do both, and it’s a refreshing change.

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