3730 Frankfort Avenue Louisville, KY 40207
Coals Artisan Pizza is located in the heart of St. Matthews and offers delicious pizzas at lunch and dinner. They bake their pizzas in coal-fired ovens at 1000 degrees. With their casual, yet nice, atmosphere, it is the perfect location for a family dinner, girls night, or a date– all of which I saw during my visit there.
We started with beers from their fair draft selection– only 7 options, but something for everyone. They even had my favorite beer on draft- Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse!
I split the Highlands and Crescent Hill pizzas with my two friends. I love that their pizzas are named after the different areas of town. The common ingredient in our two pizzas = bacon! And they weren’t just little fake bacon bits; we’re talking good sized pieces of the real deal resulting in a smoky bacon taste with every bite. In addition to Nueske’s bacon, the Highlands pizza is topped with fresh mozzarella, Pecorino Romano, marinara, cherry tomatoes, and arugula. The Crescent Hill pizza is a variation of a Hawaiian pizza consisting of ham, marinara, mozzarella, pineapple, and Parmesan cheese, in addition to the Nueske’s bacon. All ingredients were fresh and according to their website, from regional sources. I love the charred outer crust, but my only complaint is that their “inner crust” was too thin for the size of the pizza slices. As soon as I picked up a piece and bit into it, it seemed the crust didn’t support all the toppings and they easily fell off.
Overall value is good for a 12″ specialty pizza at $12-14.50. You can also create your own pizza, choosing from 8 different types of cheese, 9 meats, 15 vegetables, and 4 sauces.
I first went to Coals for lunch before I actually moved to Louisville. Their pizza lunch combo is $8.95 for a pizza (St. Matthews, Brownsboro, Clifton, or Bardstown) with a cup of soup of house salad. I remember loving the salad. Great place to go if you work nearby!