Coalfire Pizza

See more restaurants in Chicago
  • Cuisine:
     Pizza and Italian
     Lunch, Dinner and Drinks
    Price Range:
     $$ (10-30)
    Payment options:
     AMEX, Visa, Discover and Mastercard
  • Open Hours:
    • * Tue - Thu: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • * Fri - Sat: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • * Sun: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Services:
    • Take Out
    • Good For Kids
    • Walk-Ins Welcome
    • Waiter Service
  • Website:

Just what you think it is. It's an oven fired by coal. The intense heat (usually around 800°F) that these things generate makes it possible to achieve a crisp crust with good oven spring.

Pies cook so quickly in this heat that the crust doesn't have time to dry out, so it remains chewy and pliable...a by-product of the process is a fine charring of the crust, which many pizza fans find pleasing. If you're new to coal-oven pizza, the pizzaiolo didn't burn your pie; it's supposed to be that way.