Until Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza opened in Columbus in late 2012, I had never heard of coal fired pizza. Probably because Natalie’s is one of the only, if not the only, place in Ohio to prepare pizza this way.
“These coal ovens are used in New York City where the first pizzerias in the United States emerged over 100 years ago,” explains Natalie’s website. “Heating with coal brings the oven temperature up to 1200 degrees, which gives the pizza a unique flavor and a perfectly charred crust that can’t be matched with gas, convection, or wood ovens.”
Drunk brunch was my first visit to the Worthington pizza joint, and I was glad to discover Natalie’s has a pretty good brunch deal: for $15, you get a brunch entree, a cocktail and a cup of coffee or tea. Seperately priced you’re looking at around $20 for those three things. And a coffee with your cocktail is key, because caffeinating while daydrinking helps to prevent daysleeping.
Brunch entree choices are arancini (cheddar-wrapped rissoto with butternut squash and black beans rolled in bread crumbs and flash fried), eggs benedict, two different quiches or a create-your-own three-topping pizza. My brunch date had the welsh cheddar and applewood smoked bacon quiche, which was incredibly fluffy and cheesy and delicious, and served with a side of sweet potato hash.
I had to try one of the esteemed pizzas. There’s a lot of pressure making a “create your own” pizza when there’s so many yummy toppings available, but mine had applewood bacon, goat cheese and truffle oil, plus an egg – every breakfast pizza comes with an optional scrambled or fried egg at no additional charge. The verdict on the coal-cooked crust? A+.
Given we were at “Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza and Live Music,” it was no surprise that we had some brunch-time entertainment. An acoustic guitar and flute duo provided enjoyable ambiance to a bacon and booze filled morning.
Brunch at Natalie’s is available Sundays from 11am-3pm. Natalie’s is located at 5601 North High Street in Worthington.
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