The Shops of Legacy is officially saturated with pizza with Fireside Pies, Sal’s and now the opening of Coal Vines. Around here, the thinking goes, more is better. Did you know that Americans eat 350 slices of pizza every second? Pizza is a $30 billion-a-year industry. Who wouldn’t want a piece of that pie?
Coal Vines, a coal-fired pizza bistro from restaurateurs Joe Palladino and Phil Romano, opens tomorrow, April 27, 2011. The original Uptown restaurant and wine bar opened in 2006. I was invited to the pre-opening celebration where I tried the smoked-salmon tartar, a gorgeous and delicious tower of ruby salmon cubes layered with goat cheese, fresh avocado and splashed with a pomegranate vinaigrette.
Other starters and appetizers include prosciutto-stuffed mozzarella sticks (which were good but I couldn’t taste the prosciutto), delicious seafood risotto cakes, fresh bruschetta and cheesy garlic bread.
Coal Vines limits its menu to six traditional pies. They’re simple creations: four are vegetarian-friendly and the meaty remainder — a Bolognese version with a thick blanket of meat sauce and a very tasty sausage with roasted red peppers. The crust on the pizzas are thin and crispy. The prices are very reasonable, and a perfect place to go for a first date or a girls’ night out.