Anthony's - Old Forge

Anthony's Thick or Thin Pizza?  Both are great, but there's one clear winner! Anthony's is a wonderful Italian restaurant that...

Anthony's Thick or Thin Pizza?  Both are great, but there's one clear winner!

Anthony's is a wonderful Italian restaurant that I've visited several times over the years.  Unfortunately, since their food is so fantastic, I've actually never tried their pizza before!  My favorite menu item is their seafood fra diavolo and I can never resist ordering that giant monster of a meal and culinary treat.  Anthony's is a great place to take a date or go for a special meal, so I'm not sure the broad majority of NEPA think of Anthony's as a mainstream pizza spot, but after my visit I've got a few things to say about that!

So it's sort of a fun running joke I have with quite a few people that as the weekend grows nearer, they will always ask me where I'm going to eat pizza on Friday night.  On this particular Friday, I was going to make a quick trip to pick up a pizza right after work, and I had two different people recommend Anthony's pizza to me.  They both specifically recommended the red thin pizza.  Now normally, I order whatever the restaurant's most popular pizza is (top left of the pizza section of the menu), but these 2 trusted voices urged me to go thin so I decided to order a regular old forge red, and a thin old forge red.  I called in the order and was told 30 minutes, and it was ready as soon as I walked in.  I visited just before the dinner rush started, but I was totally amazed how just about every employee in the dining room jumped to help me with my order.  What a wonderful staff!  That is consistent with the attentive and courteous service we've always received at Anthony's.  Anyway, on to the pizza review...

My youtube review of Anthony's!

The Old Forge Red

The regular Old Forge Red looked fantastic in the box.  The blend of cheeses sat atop a chunky and vibrant red sauce which rested upon a fresh and golden brown old forge crust.  The crust was light, tender, crunchy around the edged and crisp on the bottom.  The sauce was my favorite component because it was packed with flavor and had a slightly chunky consistency.  There was a bit of onion flavor which I very much enjoyed.  The sauce was equal parts savory and zesty and provided a nice contrast to the thicker old forge crust and the cheeses.  The cheese blend was complementary to the rest of the pizza.  It wasn't overly sharp but it did add some flavor to the profile.  Overall, I did enjoy the pizza and because of the complexity of the sauce, this immediately ranked among my favorite Old Forge pizzas in the pizza capital.  People who are Old Forge fans who haven't tried Anthony's will certainly enjoy this authentic and delicious "tray" of pizza.

Crust: 3.75/.5
Sauce: 5/5
Cheese: 3.75/5
Overall Taste: 4/5
Crispy/Cooked Properly: 5/5
Overall Value: 3/5

Similar to: Arcaro and Genell, Revello's

The Thin Red

One could say that the thin red is essentially the same sauce and cheese just on a thinner crust and possibly be correct, but it is so much more than that.  I can't be sure that the pizza includes the exact same sauce and cheese and nothing additional, but I can say they are very close.  What is truly remarkable about the thin red is just how different it is from the regular red despite sharing many of the same components.  The thinner crust has less dough and allows the sauce and cheese to have more prominent flavor profiles.  The less dough to dull the flavor really allows the pungent sauce and flavorful cheeses to shine.  The other main difference is that the thin crust is crunchy the entire way through so every bite has a satisfying crispness.

If you couldn't tell, my clear favorite of the two pizzas is definitely the thin red!  It may be similar in many ways, but the simple tweak in the dough creates an entirely different experience.  I very much enjoyed both pizzas and I've returned with a special message for the NEPA Nation:  "It's time to start thinking about Anthony's among the Pizza Capital of World Elites."  Those who live in town probably already know this truth, but the 570 has to know about this pizza - and don't forget to stop in for dinner as well!

Restaurant: Anthony's Restaurant
Location: Old Forge, PA
Date: September 2018

Pizza Ordered: Thin old forge red

Price: $15.00
Eat In/Take Out: Take Out

Crust: 4.5/.5
Sauce: 5/5
Cheese: 3.75/5
Overall Taste: 4.5/5
Crispy/Cooked Properly: 5/5
Overall Value: 2.5/5



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