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Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza East Boca

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

855 S Federal Hwy
Boca Raton FL, 33432
561 338-3028
Overall Rating
2.6
Food
Service
Ambiance
Value
Last Review
02/11/2015

Details

Hours: 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat open til 11pm
Attire: Casual
Parking: Private Lot
CC: Yes
Alcohol: Beer and Wine
Outside Dining: Yes
Reservations: No
Delivery: No

Pros

Coal-Fired Flavor

Cons

Smaller than their Other Venues
Prices are rising
Skinny Sandwiches

Critic's Review

Anthony's has opened yet-another location in South Florida, this one in Eastern Boca. Boca is growing south, like a glacier filling in the gap between Deerfield Beach. An empty lot has been turned into a typical gaudy Boca structure; Trader Joes shares the space across the lot. The lot allows access to the rear of the restaurant.

Anthony's East Boca Rear Entrance

Anthony negotiated their own spot, dedicated just for take out orders. Hopefully no-one else will be taking out at the same time.

Anthony's East Boca Take Out Parking

Upon entering, the place is a bit surprising. If you've been to an Anthony's before, you'll notice how small this place it. There isn't a good seat in the house, as your either in front of the bar or the kitchen. It's a small, narrow room with a lot of people milling about.

Anthony's East Boca Interior

The decor is typically Anthony's, with pictures of 50's celebrities intermixed with Sun-Sentinel reviews from 2002 when Anthony's was a big deal.

Anthony's East Boca Wall Decorations

Something unexpected is that this place is open air; there's a big patio and even sitting inside is like sitting outside; it's been a bit nippy lately and it was cool inside. I woundn't want to come here at night if they leave the doors open. I've been specifically looking for indoor places during the latest cool stretch.

Anthony's East Boca Patio

Anthony's is perhaps the only restaurant in South Florida that doesn't have brewed iced tea; brewed iced tea costs virtually nothing, so it's not great business to sell bottles that cost you 60 cents or whatever. So if you want iced tea you're going to have to pay $2.99 for a bottle. It's a pretty big bottle, so at least you don't have to wait for refills. I asked for lemon and my server dude brought me extra without asking. A man who thinks on his feet.

Anthony's Bottled Iced Tea

On the downside, I don't really like being called "Boss", which was how he insisted on addressing me. It's kind of an Italian thing; something I don't miss at all from living on Long Island.

I'm not a big fan of the pizza here, but they've added some sandwiches. I had a very good meatball sandwich

Anthony's Meatball Sandwich Close Up
in Fort Lauderdale in July; so I wanted to try another one. Anthony's prices are out of control; Ribs were $16.95 and now they're $19.95; a sandwich is $9.29.

I couldn't decide between the two "Coal Oven Chicken" sandwiches; one with broccoli rabe and the other with prosciuitto and arugula. I chose arugula as my bitter green, mainly because I've been eating rapini at home this week.

I initially thought that Anthony had caved in on music as WHAM! was playing when I first sat down, but subsequent tracks from The Beatles (Golden Slumbers), John Lennon (Stand By Me) and Frank Sinatra (My Blue Heaven) restored my confidence. The even dusted off Gorden Lightfoot's Sundown, a song I haven't heard in many, many moons.

The sandwich came out 21 minutes later, which is way too long in a restaurant with 5 customers.

Anthony's Chicken Sandwich

My first impression was that it was a pretty skinny sandwich. Anthony's signature is the big parsley sprig and the knife stuck in the sandwich; I propped it up to take a closer look.

Anthony's Skinny Chicken Sandwich

A far cry from the big meatball. Closer inspection reveals that not only is this not a thick chicken cutlet, but it's a downright tiny one.

Anthony's Chicken Sandwich Exposed

Does that look "coal fired" to you? It looks like it was cooked on a flat top. So why am I paying over $9 for a tiny chicken cutlet that has absolutely ZERO coal fired taste? I guess I got snookered.

I actually took the stuff from one half of the sandwich and put it on the other, too make a real sandwich that wasn't so dominated by the bread. If this was a bigger piece of chicken and if it was coal-fired this could be very good, but that's a lot of ifs.

The dude put my bill on the table when I was half done; I hate when they ask if you want dessert when you're barely half done with the entree. There were 3 other people in the place, so I'm not sure what the hurry was. I still had to wait for him to take my card, which was longer than it should have been.

Conclusion

I've been to Anthony's a few times and there are some things that I like, but if this were my first visit I'd probably never return. Anthony's used to have some charm, but they've now morphed into a full-out chain, with rising prices and shrinking portions. Menus with no prices on the web site. The sandwich I had today was a categorical insult.

I don't like this location. It's not a comfortable restaurant, and I don't just mean the weather. You're too close to the workers, who swarm around like bugs.

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melly
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Anthony's is very overrated. The tomato sauce here that just isn't very good, bordering on a sour flavor, and the meatballs are mediocre. The coal-fire taste is good the first few bites, then not so much (this whole coal-fire trend needs to go away IMO). Roast beef sandwich and salads are ok.

I would never wait for this food, yet the lines for dinner are always there.
Alan
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"this whole coal-fire trend needs to go away IMO"

Tell that to Lombardi's in NYC who have been doing coal fired pizza since 1905, generally acknowledged as the first pizzeria in the U.S.

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