So, there is a new pizza joint in uptown Hoboken and they are up to a good start. As soon as Urban Coalhouse Pizza and Bar opened, that place has been packed with crowds overflowing into the sidewalk. For sure, it is a good addition to the north part of the city, replacing Puerto Spain that closed several months ago.
Going for dinner was not for us considering the noise level that, when too loud, I do not enjoy. So we went for lunch on Labor Day. It might not have been the best day to get an impression of a new place because I could definitely see that they were overwhelmed, maybe underestimating the number of customers they would have that day.
Food wise, they have a deal for lunch where, for the price of a personal pizza, you can get a salad or a soup. Jodi went for the salad and chose the Caesar.
On my side, I went for the tomato soup.
I admit that when I saw the plates, I was surprised to see large ones as I was more expecting a cup of soup and a dessert plate for the salad.
For the pizza, we went for the white pie, Madame with fresh mozzarella, ricotta, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and garlic.
The second one was The Don Gregorio, composed of sausage, pepperoni, meatballs, a red tomato sauce made with San Marzano tomatoes nod fresh basil.
I definitely preferred the red pie that had a very generous amount of meat. Not that the white pie was not good, but I stumbled few times on a large amount of garlic that would have repelled Dracula for couple of weeks. Otherwise, there was also a large amount of cheese, especially the ricotta. The crust was thin, nicely charred, thanks to the coal oven visible from the dining room.
Overall, it was a good deal and the pizza was good, but I admit that, if I wanted to eat a good pizza in Hoboken, I would probably end up at Grimaldi's. For cheaper and more bang for your buck, at Benny Tudino's. Would I go back to Urban Coalhouse Pizza and Bar? Not sure at this point. I may give it a try in few months when they will have ironed out the kinks of the kitchen and service.
Enjoy (I did)!
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