With a name like Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, you’d think the specialty of the house would be, well, coal-fired pizza. And you’d be right: it is. But there’s another item on the menu worth ordering, both for its incomparable flavor and unbeatable price: Meatballs with Ricotta Cheese. You’ll find them under the “Italian Soul Food” label on the menu — and they most certainly fit there.
These gems are flavorful, moist and big — a pleasant surprise. They are hand rolled and slow cooked in tomato sauce, which makes them moist. You can’t stop eating them.
Most days, two large meatballs cost just $4.95; four are $9.95. But on Martini and Meatball Wednesdays, you buy a $5 martini and you get an endless supply of meatballs — for free. I love a great martini and a great meatball, but who knew they’d go so great together?
The deal goes from 5 to 10 p.m., and I’ve been the last three Wednesdays just to make sure this was not a fluke. Each week the crowd was bigger and not one patron has a bad thing to say about the meatballs.
The meatballs come with a nice size slice of focaccia and a generous scoop of ricotta cheese. The bar staff is friendly and happy to accomodate the crowd. And yes, if you’d like to combine both the specialty of the house and this special dish, the meatballs are also outstanding on the pizza. Martini optional.
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza 264 Main St., White Plains. 914-358-9702.
— Karen Salomone