Come for the pizza, stay for the beer. Coalhouse Pizza–Stamford, CT

17 Mar

Unforgettable Pizza

You know, back in the day we never got the whole beer thing: the kickin’ back on the couch, watchin’ some football, sippin’ some cold brewskis like Bud, Coors Light, or PBR.  But then, then when we tried real beer, we were enlightened. And thanks to our own red-haired beer Buddha, Gerard, we’ve reached an even higher state of enlightenment! Gerard is one of the owners at Coalhouse Pizza,  and he has opened up a whole new world of beer and possibilities to us.

Looky Look! Those Look SOOOO Good!

If you’re a beer and pizza lover, Coalhouse Pizza is a go-to for you. First of all, there’s a beer club to join for $20 that gets you a heap of really cool discounts, specials, and a nice Coalhouse Pizza mug. Secondly, the beer selection here is killer. There are tons of choices, but also a really fun selection of beers that are rotating in and out of tap. Last of all, Gerard loves to float around from table to table and dispense his advice. He’s really great with food and beer pairings and he can really help you to discover new beers as long as you’re open to change. I was, so I went with a thick, heavy, Jack & Kens from Sierra Nevada that was on tap.

The Love Supreme

We started with some wings, half in Mojo Hot Sauce, the other in Chipotle BBQ . The wings here are pretty good, but different than any other wings you’ve probably ever had. They bread them with panko so they end up being really crispy and crunchy on the outside, but nice and juicy on the inside. The Chipotle wings had a sweet, smoky taste, cut with a very slight spiciness. The other wings, in Mojo, were still smoky tasting, but were much sweeter, and also spicier. We liked the Chipotle more, though we’d love it to be spicier because we LOVE heat. The Jack & Kens paired very well with the wings, making a great combo.

Before we could finish our wings, the Love Supreme salad came out. This was a good contrast to the heaviness of the wings. With spinach, almonds, golden raisins, onions, cilantro, and marinated artichoke hearts, a really light and tasty tomato dressing was served on top. This was a really nice salad and would be wonderful in the summer in their outside seating.

Behold the Cheesy Goodness

Then came the big boy: our Unforgettable pizza. Kristien and I were split on our opinions of this one. Start with a layer of Coalhouse-made vodka sauce, then throw in chunks of nitrate-free bacon, heaping amounts of pecorino romano, some fresh basil, then crank on some fresh black pepper. I loved the contrast in savory from the smoky chunks of bacon with the bite of the cheese, along with the thin crust. Kristien wanted more sauce and I could see what she was saying, but I still think it was a solid pizza. When we go here, I usually get the Crossroads and Kristien usually gets Kind of Blue, which is her own Kind of Heaven.

Really Not Ugly, Just Beautiful Handicapped

To end, Kristien went with her absolute favorite here and what she has claimed as the best cheesecake ever: Ricotta Cheesecake. This recipe is actually from the chef’s family, a Sicilian gem. It’s very different from any other cheesecake you’ve ever had, more authentically Italian. I had the Brutti Ma Buoni, “Ugly But Good.” Well, it wasn’t really ugly, but it was good. :) I had two nice scoops of Buck’s Strawberry ice cream, set between the ugly cookie. It’s a meringue, toasted almond cookie that was crispy, yet chewy at the same time. If you love strong almond flavors in your dessert, this is a good one to go with.

Coalhouse Pizza is the kind of place you could just keep coming back to on any ‘ole day to relax.  With the quality ingredients, often times locally sourced, and the variety of salads, pizzas, and beer you can come back often and try new things over and over. Always keep an eye out for paired beer dinners such as Sierra Nevada, Best of the Belgians, or the upcoming Oskar Blues dinner on March 21 for $60 pp. They’re ending with the TenFidy Stout–served up in a glass and also worked into some ice cream!  :)  Yum.  See you there.

Update, 4/3/11:  Coalhouse Pizza and Gerard featured on “Toni on New York.” Check end of video, but also shows Hope Pizza and Colony Grill before. We’ve also updated the nom rating to 3.5 because the food has definitely gotten better!

Noms: 3.5
Cost: $$$
 
Coalhouse Pizza
Address:  85 High Ridge Road
Stamford, CT 06905
Phone:  (203) 977-7700
Site:  www.coalhousepizza.com
$25 or more required for delivery within Stamford
$50 min for delivery for Greenwich, Cos Cob, Darien, New Canaan, Pound Ridge

Coalhouse Pizza on Urbanspoon

41 Responses to “Come for the pizza, stay for the beer. Coalhouse Pizza–Stamford, CT”

  1. Dan Del Ferraro February 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    Exciting!

    Like

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. CT Food News, Vol. 27: Cold Romans, Free Sake Bombs, Tap Takeovers, Epic Beer Collabos + More | OmNomCT - October 29, 2014

    […] Coalhouse Pizza has a New England Brewing tap takeover starting at 5 pm. That’s Elm City Pils, Sea Hag, 668 […]

    Like

  2. Spooky Good Halloween Parties and Events in the 203 for 2014 | OmNomCT - October 21, 2014

    […] Coalhouse Pizza […]

    Like

  3. CT Beer + Food News, Vol. 20: Save Ferris, Chiles, Cocktails, Exciting Brews + Exclusive Events | OmNomCT - September 11, 2014

    […] Save the date and get your tix for a New England Brewing Company Beer Dinner at Coalhouse Pizza with a menu created by both of us!  The awesomeness begins at 7 with 5 great courses that will […]

    Like

  4. CT Food News, Vol 18: Labor Day, Jerks, BBQ, Blues, Beer, Oysters, Deals + More… | OmNomCT - August 27, 2014

    […] Starting at 8 pm, check out Trivia Night at Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford!  They have .50 wings, $5 drafts, and $12 pitchers, too.  This is a recurring event, […]

    Like

  5. CT Food News, Vol. 15: Pepe’s Takes MA, Festivals, Contests, CT Beer Props, Updates, and more… | OmNomCT - July 31, 2014

    […] Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford now has a nice collection of bourbon to try in addition to their 52 brews on tap.  Don’t get twisted…or get twisted.  Go ahead, we dare ya. […]

    Like

  6. CT Food News, Vol. 10: Summer Fun, Wine, Beer, FIFA, Openings + Major Props | OmNomCT - June 26, 2014

    […] Coalhouse Pizza continues to offer $12 pitchers of CT craft beer all month to help you celebrate the FIFA World Cup.  Come with friends and order a pitcher each…sure, why not?  And, if you’re a beer club member, you can tap into Firkin Friday on Thursday!  Ah, the perks! […]

    Like

  7. CT Food News, Vol. 8: Rare Booze, Beer, Trux, Festivals, + Fun | OmNomCT - June 12, 2014

    […] Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford will also soon carry Thimble Island of Branford AND Jack’s Abby.  What what? […]

    Like

  8. Where Soccer Hooligans Go to Watch the FIFA World Cup in Fairfield County | OmNomCT - June 11, 2014

    […] Coalhouse Pizza, Stamford […]

    Like

  9. Celebrate CT Beer Week with Todd from CT Pour Tour at these nearby spots | OmNomCT - May 12, 2014

    […] Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford (10% of sales go to pediatric cancer research and $5 gets you a shot at winning a Sam […]

    Like

  10. Nomworthy Bites of Food + Beer News and Events in Fairfield County: 5/9-5/18/14 | OmNomCT - May 9, 2014

    […] CT Pour Tour who’s finishing up his 169 CT town gig.  After or before this event, check out Coalhouse Pizza which will be featuring four different versions of the Half Full Bright […]

    Like

  11. Half Full and SBC to release a collabo beer and hold a tap takeover event – Stamford, CT | OmNomCT - May 8, 2014

    […] beer scene when you consider the beer bars that we have or will have  including Cask Republic, Coalhouse, and World of […]

    Like

  12. CT Beer WEEKS 2014: 2x Big, 2x Brews, 2x Awesome | OmNomCT - April 25, 2014

    […] Rare Beer Night (KBS, Goose Island and more) at Coalhouse Pizza in […]

    Like

  13. ~(‾▿‾)~ Eggcellent Easter Brunch Spots in Connecticut (=^_^=) | OmNomCT - April 11, 2014

    […] Coalhouse Pizza:  Make your own pizzas as well as favorites, American and Irish classics.  10-3 pm, bottomless mimosas, pics with the Easter bunny from 1-3. […]

    Like

  14. New Year’s Eve Bashes Paired with Hangover Breakfast Spots – Fairfield County, CT | OmNomCT - December 23, 2013

    […] Coalhouse Pizza:  live music starts at 8, but here’s the real deal:  28 DOGFISH HEAD BREWS ON TAP!  Namaste, Noble Rot, Palo Santo, Positive Contact, Raison D’être, 120 Minute, American Beauty, Burton Baton, some rare ones like Firefly Ale, and a bunch more.  Plus, they have other beer, but you’re a dummy if you don’t try every single Dogfish Head beer on tap…remember they have flights.  The fun begins at noon! […]

    Like

  15. 3rd Annual OmNomys: Celebrating the Best in Food in Fairfield County, 2013 | OmNomCT - December 18, 2013

    […] Entertainment: Coalhouse Pizza, […]

    Like

  16. New England Brewing Co. Harvest Dinner w/ NEBCO, Coalhouse Pizza + OmNomCT | OmNomCT - August 29, 2013

    […] be awesome.  Like riding a unicorn over a rainbow into a pot of gold kind of awesome.  Oh, but Coalhouse, New England Brewing, and OmNomCT can top that:  how about some rare brews like a cask conditioned […]

    Like

  17. Ginger Man + Coalhouse Celebrate American Craft Beer Week | OmNomCT - May 13, 2013

    […] of a hands-on approach to beer.  Now, it’s no coincidence that Ginger Man in Norwalk and Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford live and breathe this philosophy year round, but you know they have to step up their […]

    Like

  18. A Burger a Day in the Month of May in Fairfield County | OmNomCT - May 8, 2013

    […] 10:  Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford.  Again, although you might not think of burgers when you hit up Coalhouse, you should […]

    Like

  19. Half Full Brewery Takes Over May and American Craft Brew Week | OmNomCT - May 3, 2013

    […] Takeover and Collaboration Brew at Coalhouse Pizza, 7-9 As you should know from following us, Coalhouse Pizza is the place to be in Stamford if you love beer.  Half Full has taken over 4 of their taps with […]

    Like

  20. Stamford Restaurants Paired with Acts from Alive @ Five 2013 | OmNomCT - April 23, 2013

    […] July 18, Wynonna & The Big Noise paired with Coalhouse Pizza […]

    Like

  21. A New Go-to for Pizza, Wings and Craft Beer: Coals in Port Chester, NY « OmNomCT - February 11, 2013

    […] and a laid back environment. If we were still in Stamford in this mood, we would’ve hit up Coalhouse, but where were we to go near […]

    Like

  22. 2nd Annual OmNomys Celebrates 2012′s Best Food in Fairfield County | Bistro 7 - February 9, 2013

    […] Entertainment: Coalhouse Pizza, […]

    Like

  23. Stouts, Beer Flights, and More @ Coalhouse Pizza + The Ginger Man this January « OmNomCT - January 9, 2013

    […] choices comfort me. Amen. Now that you’ve said your prayers, you can thank God for what Coalhouse Pizza (on High Ridge Road in Stamford) and The Ginger Man SoNo (on Washington in Norwalk) are up to in […]

    Like

  24. 2nd Annual OmNomys Celebrates 2012′s Best Food in Fairfield County « OmNomCT - December 30, 2012

    […] Entertainment: Coalhouse Pizza, […]

    Like

  25. Where to ring in 2013 in Fairfield County: New Year’s Eve dining details. « OmNomCT - December 17, 2012

    […] Coalhouse Pizza:  Dogfish Head Party from 11 am to 8 pm!  So many Dogfish Head beers, you won’t know what to do. […]

    Like

  26. Fairfield County Restaurants Raise a Ton of $, one Beer at a Time to Support Hurricane Sandy Relief « OmNomCT - December 3, 2012

    […] Coalhouse Pizza […]

    Like

  27. Where to eat and charge up in Lo. Fairfield County after Sandy « OmNomCT - November 1, 2012

    […] Coalhouse Pizza […]

    Like

  28. Coalhouse Pizza Expands: Offers Games, Beer Classes, + More – Stamford, CT « OmNomCT - September 20, 2012

    […] has all been made possible by getting the shop next store, gutting it out, then sprinkling on the Coalhouse mojo.  When you go into the new room, you’ll notice how big the room is, filled with tables, […]

    Like

  29. Get Your Own Taste of Half Full Brewery Bright Ale – Stamford, CT « OmNomCT - August 7, 2012

    […] Coalhouse Pizza:  7:30 pm […]

    Like

  30. Where to Get Craft Brew in Fairfield County, CT: Celebrating American Craft Beer Week « OmNomCT - May 11, 2012

    […] awesome beer selection (800 different kinds) that will make you poor as you fill up your cart. Coalhouse Pizza (restaurant):  52 beers on tap that are unique, hard to find, and awesome.  Lots of bottles, too. […]

    Like

  31. Explore Stamford Restaurants with Eating Stamford: Uptown Restaurant Week « OmNomCT - April 10, 2012

    […] restaurant from 5/20-6/13, Sunday-Wednesday.  So, if you tapped into the 52 different drafts at Coalhouse on 5/15, you could check out Madonia a week or two later and save 15% percent.  Pretty sweet […]

    Like

  32. Victory Brewing, Coalhouse Pizza, and OmNomCT = Beer Dinner Heaven « OmNomCT - February 27, 2012

    […] Gerard Robertson at Coalhouse Pizza told us he had something cool to share with us on Twitter, we had no idea how cool it would […]

    Like

  33. Stamford, Connecticut to Get Its Own Foursquare Badge! #thecitythatchecksin « OmNomCT - February 8, 2012

    […] badges.  Yup, rolling out pretty soon, after your checkin to Casa Villa, Zaza, Napa & Co, Coalhouse Pizza, Colony Grill, Columbus Park, Madonia, or Vinny’s Backyard, you’ll get a pretty sweet […]

    Like

  34. The First Annual OmNomys: Celebrating 2011′s Best Food in Lower Fairfield County! « OmNomCT - December 14, 2011

    […] Entertainment:  Coalhouse Pizza, […]

    Like

  35. Can’t Bear (Beer?) the Winter Blues? Sierra Nevada 6 Course Pairing – Coalhouse Pizza, Stamford CT « OmNomCT - November 22, 2011

    […] feel like a seasoned veteran in terms of understanding the extreme awesomeness of Coalhouse Pizza.  Kristien and I have been there so many times and have tried so many great dishes and pizzas.  […]

    Like

  36. Share Belgians during Valentine’s Day with your love or just drink your pain away! Coalhouse Pizza–Stamford, CT « OmNomCT - November 21, 2011

    […] Robertson, one of the co-owners, has done it again…Coalhouse Pizza lovers can get their groove on Valentine’s Day at 7 p.m. with a five course beer dinner. […]

    Like

  37. Stamford and Norwalk Restaurants Get Crafty with Craft Beer – Our Newest CBS Post « OmNomCT - October 19, 2011

    […] awesome research project that led us to create our newest post for CBS Connecticut.  We start at Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford, then head over to Monster B’s, then end off at Norwalk’s very own The […]

    Like

  38. Does Rico’s pwn Colony or are they just n00bs? Rico’s Pizza – Stamford, CT « OmNomCT - August 14, 2011

    […] Rico’s is good, but not great.  You can’t go in here expecting a pie just like Colony because they’re are noticeable differences. We know that we don’t want to be pizza fascits (remember the signs?), but it was just okay.  Service, in terms of delivery and experience, was far below what anyone would expect from delivery.  They do get some extra points, though, for also having wedges, wraps, salads, and empanadas.  Empanadas?  Yeah, weird, we know.  We’d love to give it another go by stopping by and getting a pie right out of the oven, but for now we’d rather head to ZAZA, Remo’s, Capriccio, Colony, Tappo, or Coalhouse Pizza. […]

    Like

  39. Summer, outdoor dining, Captain Lawrence beer, pig roast? There! Coalhouse Pizza–Stamford, CT « OmNomCT - May 26, 2011

    […] just around the corner and so are the great outdoor dining and beer paired events that Coalhouse Pizza has to offer.  This time around, June 20, we’ve got a pig roast featuring the brews of […]

    Like

  40. Pizza so damn good, even pizza fascists can’t deny it. Colony Grill–Stamford, CT « OmNomCT - April 22, 2011

    […] was Toni’s special that highlighted some of the local pizza talent in Stamford:  Hope Pizza, Coalhouse Pizza, and–of course–Colony Grill.  So, there’s not much to the place, except a large […]

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: