Coalfire

Restaurants, Pizza River West/West Town
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Coalfire
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Nduja pizza at CoalfireCoalfire sources meats for its blistered pies from local butchers, and the nduja, a spreadable pork sausage, comes from Publican Quality Meats. You haven't had a sausage pizza until you've had this earthy and savory one. $18.

Tops among the thin crust pizza joints in Chicago is Coalfire, a little spot in West Town that turns out blistered pies with a chewy, slightly crisp edge from its 800-degree coal oven. While the crust is a work of art itself, toppings are inspired—soft whipped peaks of ricotta balance coins of spicy pepperoni; thin slices of fiery 'nduja, a spreadable Calabrian salami, with fresh mozzarella; and a garlicky white pie are among the standouts. The restaurant fills up fast, but there's take-out, and a second, larger location coming soon to Lakeview. 

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Venue name: Coalfire
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Address: 1321 W Grand Ave
Chicago

Cross street: between Elizabeth and Ada Sts
Opening hours: Lunch (Wed–Sun), dinner (Tue–Sun) (closed Mon)
Transport: El stop: Blue to Chicago. Bus: 9, 65.
Price: Average pizza: $16
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tastemaker

Recently tried this place for the first time and it was really good! The pizza is very thin and the extra ricotta to smear on the pizza is a good addition to the taste. They have some unique flavors and the service is fast, although they almost forgot our order, but it was promptly corrected. I think the experience would be better at the restaurant for optimal taste. We got the Margherita pizza, Spinach and the meatball vodka pizza. 

tastemaker

I cannot scream my praises enough for the ricotta that they dollop onto your pepperoni and whipped ricotta pizza, which is by the way the first pizza you should ever order when coming here. Whenever i take friends here they yell at me for making us order more than one, because the pizzas are big, but i tell you its worth it because you want to eat as much of them as you can even though your belt is telling you to stop, you just take that belt off and keep going.I highly recommend eating at the restaurant because the pizza is never quite as good when you take it home or when you get it for delivery - the piping hot bubbly delicious crusty cheesy goodness should definitely be eaten at the restaurant just as they bring it out to you and set it on top of an giant crushed tomato can that serves as your serving stand. The salads are pretty massive and can be split while you wait, the space is minimal and unpretentious, all of which contributes to an amazing pizza eating experience, on a date, or with some friends. Definite must do if you love neopolitan style pizza!!! (Which i do). 

tastemaker

YUM! I could eat about two of these pizzas to myself. It's a cute, small space. No reservos so be prepared to wait as most night are busy. The service is good. Not great...I mean, it's a pizza place. The pizza is good, thin, lightly sauced style. Njuda-it's good but wasn't as good as everyone raves about Sausage-YUM. Their sausage is great! Spicy & sweet The cupcakes were a great little sweet treat to the end of the meal. Overall, I prefer more thick, cheesy, saucy pizza but I still like the pizza here. It's pretty good.

Tastemaker

I cannot sing Coalfires praises enough. I'm typically not a sicilian pizza fan, but this restaurant has me singing a different tune. Not only is the atmosphere at their new lakeview location has a great atmosphere. All of the pizzas on their list are amazing but I definitely recommend trying the nduja pizza. Ask your waiter for suggestions, they were super helpful and accommodating!