Last night my friend Matt and I had dinner at one of our all-time favorite pizzerias - Marie's Pizza on Lawrence. We always order it extra thin and well done. The pizzas were perfect. I had mentioned to Matt about a new place called Armitage Pizza, started by one of the Coalfire founders, but with me coming from work in Northbrook and Matt coming from Evanston, we decided to go to Marie's. After we both had a large pizza, Matt said he wanted to try Armitage. I was curious to check it out too, so we went, arriving just before 10 when they close. The guy inside had just locked the door as we pulled up, but I had come this far, so I knocked on the window. I asked if we could still get a pizza and he said come on in.
It turned out to be the owner J. Spillane who basically started Coalfire. He's from Worcester, MA so don't call his pizza New York style!
Since we already ate Marie's, we decided to share a pizza for "dessert." The pizza that came out looked fantasic. Oily cheese, spicy sausage from Bari, beautiful crust, crisp bottom (absolutely no chance of soggy) - everything I thought it should look like. I like my pizza on the well done side, but I didn't have to say a word to Jay, he knows what to do. It was literally Bizzaro Coalfire or Coalfire as an East Coast street pizza. Similar/same thin light crust (I didn't notice it being any thicker than Coalfire, I love it thin), same sausage. My only issue (which is 100% personal), would be I'd like a little more sauce. One of the things I love about Coalfire's sausage pizza is the prominent sauce on top. And I tend to like a little more sauce on my pizzas rather than more cheese. But it really was a minor thing.
All that being said, the pizza was fantastic and this place should be a big hit. Spillane is a character, so go see him. East Coast pizza fans will love this place. He does do slices (more of a concession to the high school across the street) but the best way is to get a whole pie. I have a feeling it may be tough to get a seat at the one table since it's basically a carryout type place, but I have no problem eating in the car or somewhere nearby.
I had to snap a quick picture because Matt was ready to dive in.