Coalhouse Pizza


13 Reviews

Type: Bar, Eatery

85 High Ridge Rd
Stamford, Connecticut, 06905-3800
United States

(203) 977-7700 | map

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Added by gerardrobertson on 02-03-2011

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Photo of Zodijackyl
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

For a write-up of the beer, go to the last paragraph.

Coalhouse has a great atmosphere - there is a blues theme, with two big screens on the walls often playing blues DVDs, pizzas named after blues songs, tables lacquered above collages of pictures and clippings about blues, with cigar box guitars adorning the walls above it all. Everything about it makes it an enjoyable place, being a family-friendly pizza place (kids can make their own pizzas every Sunday afternoon) while still catering quite well to an adult crowd with quality food and a great beer selection.

The quality of food is exceptional. They use top quality, very fresh ingredients. Owner and manager Gerard Robertson is very attentive to quality, choosing very certain ingredients - organic salmon and whole wheat flour, hormone-free meats, and the best bacon I have ever tasted (cut in-house from whole slabs). The pizza oven is visible from most tables and is a sight to behold, and the kitchen, while only visible on the occasional tour, is kept very organized and clean.

The service is good, though it can get quite busy at times and quite a few people fit into a relatively small area. Busy times can get quite busy, though they are quick to add additional seating outdoors if the weather is nice. All of the staff are very friendly and helpful, though at busy times it can be a bit hectic, they handle it well. They find a good balance of having enough waitstaff in tight space, though the place might be packed at odd times like 3pm on a Tuesday or 9pm on a Monday. Food is prepared promptly, and your pizza can be made and cooked in the coal oven in a few minutes. More notes about service with the beer notes below!

The selection is great, I'll start with the pizzas. You have a full selection of fresh, high-quality pizza toppings. There are around two dozen combinations suggested on the menu, but you are free to order any combination you would like, and they can get even the most unusual combinations balanced right in amounts/flavors. Their standard dough has the finest texture of any pizza you will ever have, close to the texture of a pastry with the flavor of pizza. The organic whole-wheat dough is also great, with a slightly heavier texture and a ton of flavor in itself. Standard pizzas are very thin, though you can ask for the pizza to be a bit thicker, cooked on the "cool" side of the oven (only 400 degrees).
Other than pizza, they offer great salads, burgers, ribs, fish, traditional Italian fare, and more than you could expect at the same high quality. The wings are amazing - they come marinated in beer (usually Sam Adams seasonal), perfectly cooked, with a variety of sauces. You really can't go wrong with anything, though it takes a few visits to get the full idea of what they can do.

The food goes beyond a strong all-around selection on the regular menu, with occasional specials (killer nachos when they have them) and beer dinners of 5-6 courses made specifically for the night and paired with (often made with) the beers of the featured brewery. The food is so good that even without regard to pairing, any beer/food combination works out well.

The pricing is quite fair - you pay a bit more than a regular pizza place for great quality ingredients that go into great food, and many of the higher-end craft beers can be priced pretty low for a pitcher. Certainly better priced than any other restaurants in the area.

Finally, the BEER. They currently have 16 taps dedicated to the best, with 2-3 offering standard options (Blue Moon, PBR, Stella). You can except offerings from Dogfish Head, Rogue, Magic Hat, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Southern Tier, Stone, plus Oskar Blues when CT distributors can get it. The remaining taps are filled with whatever is fresh and available, from Ithaca's Flower Power to German and Belgian beers, the selection rotates to bring the freshest beers possible. Gerard maintains the beer setup like a champion, cleaning the lines regularly (and occasionally flushing a line to switch kegs when he can't wait to show off another keg he has on deck - shhh!). There are also a ton of bottles on the menu, covering an impressive range of every style. You can get pretty much anything you want that is available in the state, and the bottles cover many of the imports that can't be had in kegs (Trappist beers, etc).

Coalhouse quickly became my favorite place to eat and drink shortly after it opened, and the ever expanding menu and beer selection makes it even better each time you go there. Best beer spot in the area and the pizza is better than other nearby notable pizza cities.

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Photo of sandman3479
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went to this place for the first time 2 days ago and was pleasantly surprised.

A: Mid sized somewhat open room. Had 2 HD TV's on diffrent sides of the restaurant showing Blue's DVD's. Also had numerous murals of blues legends on the walls. Music was a comfortable level where you could talk/eat, but still hear it. Normally lit, as it is primarily a restaurant. Had a small, 8-10 person bar area as well.

Q: The quality of the food and beer was great. Clean restaurant and clean tap lines.

S: The service was decent for the most part, as our food and beer arrived in an apporiate time. My only gripe is we seemed to have 2 waitresses instead of 1, and 1 of them kinda trailed off as I was trying to place a beer order.

S: This is where this place shines. I was shocked by the tap and bottle menu, in a GOOD way. About 10 beers on tap (all craft), cover quite a few diffrent styles. Some of the beers on draft: DFH Namaste, Stone Ruination, OB Ten Fidy, Allagash White, Ithaca FLower Power, and a few others. The bottle list was quite extensive as well (40+), including bombers and 750's. There were a few semi-rare gems on there too.

F: I only had the crustini, but it was pretty solid. The pizza looked very good, and the wings looked great.

V: Everything seemed to be priced fairly.

Special note: I thought it was cool that they are running specials on some drafts and "big" bottles this week, in celebration of American Craft Beer Week.

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Photo of tmfct
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Coalhouse is a decent pizza place in Stamford, serving thin crust pizza, including a large selection of unique and gourmet pies.

The beer selection is top notch. About 8 taps, and all good beers. The bottle selection is wide and deep. The beer menu is organized by style, and will not disappoint. They have a beer club that gets you a mug to take home, and your first beer is free every Tuesday. After discovering the place about 2 months ago, my wife and I have been back several times. Well worth the trip.

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Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford, CT
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