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bimmertimmer Feb 24, 2010 05:38 AM

I took a group of four to Wood Fired Pizza (corner of Bearss and BB Downs) last night. Like many of you, my expectations are pretty high. Two salads, 4 different pizzas, and two cannoli's later, I will tell you that I thought it was splendid. Crust was great and the ingredients were first rate. I remember reading here that WFP was expensive. That was not my perspective. I think excellence in food of any kind is not cheap and I thought it was a good value for the quality presented. Other stuff: The oven itself, does not have a lot of capacity, so patience is required. We really did not know the drill, but in the future we will call a head to "reserve our dough ball". We also thought the discussion with the owner/ baker was insightful on his approach and philosphy. The owner has very high expectations and actually re-made one of our pizzas (before it got to the table) as it did not meet his standards. One small critcism was the lack of focus by our server who seemed distracted, got a couple of things wrong, and never asked if we wanted more to drink or cleared plates unless we asked. Could have just been an off night for her or she was abnormally busy. She appeared to be the only server. It was a small issue in relation to how good the food was.Overall, we were very pleased with our experience. www.wood-firedpizza.com

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    luv2wander Mar 16, 2010 06:06 PM

    After reading about this place here on Chowhound we decided to check it out. We live in Bradenton and there's not much to choose from here with pizza. We had to be in Tampa for the day and it was close by. We were the only customers in the restaurant which was kind of scary. The owner was very friendly. The waitress was very helpful. We ordered the "Michelangelo" which was pizza with pepperoni, carmelized onions and mushrooms and a couple of different cheeses. It was delicious! The crust was the right combination of crispy and chewy. It is a VERY thin crust, which I love. There was enough topping without it being weighed down with topping if you know what I mean and the toppings were very flavorful. We ordered a medium and had 2 slices left to bring home. We also ordered a Caesar salad to split. The cost of our meal including tip was $41. Pretty expensive lunch for 2 in my book, but it was good. I would definitely go back but would leave off the salad and order water, lol.
    Pizza - $18
    Salad - $8
    Creme soda - $4
    Coke - $2.50

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    1. re: luv2wander
      Mild Bill Mar 21, 2010 07:10 AM

      I finally made it in on Friday the 19th after finding myself in the area around 1:30PM, and pretty hungry simultaneously...

      I knew it wasn't goin' to be pretty, being a 260 pound party of one, so I took a seat in the back, in the dark...
      Peter asked if I wanted him to turn on a light and I said I didn't need it...
      It wasn't 'that' dark---- it was just in the furthest area from the big front windows...
      I could still see colors....

      Luv2wander, if you thought it was a kinda expensive lunch for two, just imagine if it was for ONE!
      Uhy, what's one more regret----- one more embarrassment?

      I loved every minute of it though---- it was a very nice experience and the pizza was very good...
      I look forward to going back soon with my wife and sharing a pizza like a normal person...

      I didn't have to eat the whole pizza by myself at one sitting.
      If I'd ordered a sensible artisenal selection---- maybe something with a vegetable on it, my wife might have been happy to receive the offering, but I ordered their largest version of the 'Carnivore'------ so I had to leave no evidence....

      I went in thinking I was going to get the infamous 'Pistachio' or something with the carmelized onions, but I was hungry and I thought---- 'let's just see how they do THIS first'....
      Seems 'The Carnivore' is my 'vanilla'...

      When I ordered the 'enormi', their largest, and was questioned about it, I assured Peter the pizzaiolo/owner that I was prepared to take home leftovers, which made everybody feel better about my order, but I knew there was a damn good chance I was gonna walk outta there with only my keys in my hand...

      I had this mild compulsion I admittedly didn't try hard to battle, that was encouraging me to make it a memorable first visit and to 'plant a flag'...

      Pete told me that he's been known to eat whole one before, but that he was a kung fu pizza master from the far east (he used different words)...
      I responded that I was pretty good myself----that's why I could do it in the dark!
      That got a hearty laugh which I appreciated...

      When I started photographing the pizza on its pedestal thingy, Peter realized I wasn't just a normal person and asked; 'what do you do'?

      I pointed to my logo'd work van in the parking lot and told him about the Chowhound thing...

      He said; "oh! you just missed Andy and his brother!"....

      I loved it! ---- but of course regretted missing those guys...

      I really liked the pizza, the service, and vibe of the place---- and if I'd ordered sensibly and properly it would have felt just-right cost-wize...

      I wanted to go back the next day with my wife and try some other fun mambocombo but I couldn't take the chance on him yelling out 'BACK SO SOON!!'...

      I know a good bartender would know better, but I wasn't sure about pizzaiolos----- even good ones like Peter...

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        CFishman Mar 21, 2010 09:22 AM

        Bill,

        That was a delight to read. Perfectly insane. I think the fish are getting in your head. Thank you for taking the time to inform and entertain.

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          RibDog Mar 21, 2010 09:35 AM

          Have you tried Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza yet? I went there this past week and had a very good meal. Not cheap, but good. My buddy and I started off with a small order(10 pieces) of coal-oven wings that I really, really liked! They have a light herb mixture on the outside and have carmellized onions put on them when they come out. They were excellent.

          We also got a large Intalian Sausage and Broccoli Rabe pizza. Having had the wings, which we polished easily, we each only at two pieces or a quarter of the pie. My buddy took the rest home for the family. The crust was excellent as were the toppings. I would definitely go back to Anthony's.

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          Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza
          2218 N Congress Ave, Boynton Beach, FL 33426

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            andy huse Mar 21, 2010 11:49 AM

            Anthony's wings are the best. very, very good. and the pizza is good. the eggplant app is great, sliced thin, roasted a minute in the over, then doused in tomato sauce. they come out tender, almost like crepes.

            but sometimes i think they use too much of the mozz, forming a uniform blanket, which would probably make other people happy. and the music was really obnoxious last time i went. when i asked the server about it, she perked up and explained that the servers picked the music that night. i promptly moved my table outside and had a better time.

            1. re: andy huse
              askdrtodd Mar 22, 2010 10:15 AM

              better than Lee Roy Selmons? I hate chain restaurants, but the LRS grilled smoky bbq wings with the bacon bit ranch dipping stuff is really something.

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            andy huse Mar 21, 2010 11:45 AM

            Bill, you're a star without a blog.

            But you never said it. Did you eat ***the whole thing?*** At least the meats are high quality.

            I once went there alone and hung over. I scarfed an entire large pistachio, but i think you're out of my league.

            1. re: Mild Bill
              askdrtodd Mar 22, 2010 10:17 AM

              Love the review, perfection. Bill you want to go share some pies at this Anthony's place one day this week? You can let me know which one is the champ. Ooh and then we could do Pane Rustica's pizza next week and you can crown the piazza champ ;)

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                andy huse Mar 22, 2010 11:12 AM

                i have a feeling that Bill likes to be alone with his pizza.

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                  Mild Bill Mar 22, 2010 06:28 PM

                  Andy, Hilarious!
                  A Calzone maybe....
                  I could eat one right now with my hands behind my back....

                  And thanks you guys, for your kind words...

                  Todd I'm VERY interested in trying Anthony's, and having you show me the ways of Pane....
                  I'm excited and inspired by this new (to me) creative, artisanal, wood-fire dough thing...

                  I popped in to Wood Fire on Bearss again today and enjoyed the Pistacchio pizza, and Peter's hospitality, immensely...

                  I ordered a smaller one this time and even brought half home for my wife, who was impressed and happy-happy...

                  Remember, I'm usually flexible------- let me know of any windows of opportunity; and of course, the more, the more better....

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            andy huse Feb 24, 2010 05:56 AM

            Your experience matches mine. Great ingredients well cooked by a nice guy. I could really go for a pie right now!

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