Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, the South Florida-based concept that uses authentic coal-burning ovens to create "well done pizza," will open its first Connecticut restaurant on Thursday, Feb. 9. The newest restaurant "o located at 319 Post Road in Darien "o is the 12th ACFP restaurant to open in the Northeast.

Known for its high-energy atmosphere and signature menu items, ACFP uses 800-degree anthracite coal-burning ovens and the highest quality ingredients. Anthracite is known to be the "cleanest" of coals, burning smoke free with extremely high heat to create a unique taste and perfect pies. In addition to its famous pizzas, the restaurant's simple and consistent menu features award-winning "Italian Soul Food" creations, including coal-oven-roasted chicken wings with caramelized onions, pork ribs with vinegar peppers, home-style meatballs made from founder Anthony Bruno's family recipe, and Eggplant Marino (named for ACFP partner and NFL Hall of Fame legend Dan Marino).

"We're looking forward to bringing our brand of authentic pizza and Italian Soul Food to a region where people really know good pizza when they taste it," Bruno said. "We've received tremendous response throughout the northeast and are very excited about expanding the brand into Connecticut."

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza launched in 2002 and has grown to 32 restaurants throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and New York. Last year, Anthony's successfully debuted six restaurants throughout the Northeast, including Edison, Clifton and Ramsey, N.J.; Woodbury, N.Y.; Pike Creek, Del.; and Robinson Township (Pittsburgh), Penn. Additional locations in the Northeast and Florida are planned for 2012.

Hours of operation for the Darien restaurant are from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday. In addition to dining in, patrons can order carry-out by calling 203-655-2625.

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza's food and service consistently are ranked "very good to excellent" by Zagat Survey, the distinguished dining and entertainment ratings guide and ACFP is a "Top Restaurant" in Zagat's 2012 Miami/South Florida edition. Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza was voted Best Pizza in South Florida by readers of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, The Miami Herald, and The Palm Beach Post. Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza's Florida locations include Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Weston, Plantation, Coral Springs, Pembroke Pines, Aventura, Doral, Miami Lakes, Pinecrest, Kendall, Palm Beach Gardens, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Stuart, Wellington, Tampa, Clearwater, Brandon and Orlando, in addition to locations in Horsham, Wayne and Robinson Township, Penn.; White Plains, Carle Place and Woodbury, N.Y.; Edison, Clifton and Ramsey, N.J.; and Wilmington and Pike Creek, Del.

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