With Congress passing a heavy new tax on right angles, circular edibles have become the most convenient way to keep food budgets from spiraling out of control. Nibble a delicious discus with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of artisanal pizzas and beverages at Tucci's Fire N Coal Pizza in Boca Raton.
Tucci's pulls in patrons with a menu of gourmet pies and other tasty temptations. Unlike most chicken wings, which are fried in oil as they're cruelly taunted by sarcastic chefs, Tucci's Fire N Coal wings are oven-roasted ($10.95 for 10) by friendly epicures who baste them with smiles. The Italian salad ($10.95) is big enough for a handful of adult humans or 47 adult rabbits to share as a starter. Exercise your pizza passions with a variety of pies baked in an oven fueled by the magically combustible combination of coal and wood; you can build your own tasty flavor wheel ($12.95 for a small cheese) using toppings like caramelized onions, roasted garlic, prosciutto, and more traditional trappings ($2 each on a small), or opt for one of the house specialties, such as an oven-baked eggplant pizza with basil or a sauceless three-cheese concoction ($16.95 for a small).
A list of 15 wines by the bottle and six by the glass, along with 11 different beer selections, help Tucci's keep pizza-fatigued jaws refreshed and parched palates ready for the next slice. Have a seat inside, or grab a spot in the outdoor seating area, where multitasking masticators can chow down while creating plein-air macramé or folding spare slices into traditional "pizza airplanes" to be launched at passing sparrows.
Tucci's Fire N Coal Pizza was one-third of a pizza crawl featured by the Broward-Palm Beach New Times. Don't let the blog name fool you: WorstPizza.com recommends Tucci's, as do Yelpers, who give it a four-star average:
- It looks downright painterly: deep-red sauce interspersed with swatches of bright-white fresh mozzarella. Caramelized bubbles dot its surface, and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese clings to the top. I take a bite. The crust crackles under my teeth with a snappish crunch, and the sauce — the smooth, sweet style Lapp likes — is garlicky and rich. Even better is the capricious nature of the cheese, which randomly finds its way into every other bite without ever getting rubbery. – John Linn, Broward-Palm Beach New Times
The flames inside the stacked stone oven at Tucci's lightly char thin pizzas made with 20 types of toppings and five kinds of cheese, including ricotta and fresh mozzarella. Below modern lights that hang overhead like glowing popsicles, cheesy pizzas pair with sautéed spinach, broccoli rabe, and escarole with sausage and fire-roasted chicken. While sipping on glasses of wine, guests can ask servers about getting pizzas on multigrain bread, or retreat to the outdoor patio.