The thin, handmade pizzas feature fresh sliced mozzarella and a choice of three tasty sauces. The 580-degree coal fire oven produces a crisp, bubbly, slightly charred pie that's distinct from any others in the county. The selection of toppings is limited, but Coal Fire suggests no more than two toppings per pie "to ensure a perfect bake." I haven't gotten beyond the pizzas yet, but the pastas, sandwiches and wings look intriguing and worth a try.
The restaurant itself is suburban modern, with the oven prominently visible. It's fun to watch your pizza being made and see the coals glowing. Coal Fire Pizza is not especially exotic, but offers good quality everyday eating and is off to a strong start in its first few weeks.
- HowChow has an excellent review that has generated 10 additional comments as of 5/2/09.
- Chowhound has a lengthy discussion of Coal Fire Pizza with 15 replies as of 5/2/09.
- Urbanspoon readers give Coal Fire Pizza 100/100 based on two votes and has one user review as of 5/2/09.
- Yelp readers gives Coal Fire Pizza 5/5 stars based on 1 review as of 5/2/09.
5725 Richard's Valley Road
Ellicott City, MD 21043
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The Shipley's Grant location is on Route 108 between Snowden River Parkway and Route 100.