One day when I was on Instagram, I saw this incredible pizza post. I learned that it was at a new place that was located near where I live and it was opening soon. It is called Coronato Pizza in Carrboro, NC. They opened their doors around a week ago, and my family and I had a chance to visit this past weekend.
When we entered, we were greeted by two young hostesses, so cute; I believe they were the daughters of Teddy, the owner. And then the main hostess came over and seated us at a table. The restaurant was very busy, and after eating there, I can understand why! It is located in a new shopping plaza in Carrboro and is the first to occupy the new square. There is ample seating, and there is even an upper floor for events for customers who want to have a special gathering.
The interior is modern with clean lines and great lighting. There is a bar to sit at for a drink, or you can choose to eat your dinner there.
Our waiter greeted us, and he told us about the specials for the evening. One was a pizza topped with marinara sauce, arugula, burrata, olive oil, and black truffles, which I almost ordered (next time)! Burrata is mozzarella with a soft middle, and they slice it open so that the cheese can spread all over the pizza, yum!
I ordered their signature drink, which consists of Italian Aperitif Aperol, Prosecco, and topped with seltzer served with a slice of orange and a bottle of water for all.
We started with appetizers; each of us ordered our own pizza, and then yes, we had dessert! We don’t usually go from A to Z, but the choices were too hard to pass up.
We started with Fried Dough Knots tossed in garlic butter and parsley, topped with generous amounts of Parmigiano-Reggiano.
The other appetizer we ordered was Suppli, which is a ball of rice in tomato sauce stuffed with mozzarella, then breaded and fried. I have had them before, but these were especially delicious!
Then we each ordered our individualized pizzas. My husband ordered the Capriccisosa: tomato, mushrooms, mozzarella, taggiasca olives, marinated artichokes, prosciutto, topped with a poached egg, and Pecorino Romano cheese. He was willing to give me a slice, and it was really, really good!
My choice of pizza was the il Verde: besciamella sauce, charred broccoli, smoked mozzarella, fresh basil; I added roasted garlic! This one reminded me of a childhood dish my grandmother made with charred broccoli.
My daughter ordered the Classica: tomato, basil, mozzarella, and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Our son ordered the Americano: tomato, melty mozzarella, pepperoni, topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano.
All the pizzas have Romana style pizza crust, which is very thin; it’s almost like a thin cracker. This type of dough doesn’t give you that weighed down feeling in your stomach; it’s light and tasty. The dough has olive oil added to it. It is stretched out, the ingredients are put on top and then cooked in a wood-fired oven. Coronato’s crust is thin, perfectly blistered and crunchy!
For dessert, we had their specially made Videri Chocolate Bar; some are lined with 24-carat gold leaf, edible of course. If you find one, you get a free pizza on your next visit! We didn’t get one with gold or did we? Watch the video below to find out! Videri Chocolate is out of Raleigh, North Carolina.
We also had their Lemon-Ricotta Bomboloni, which are round little doughnuts that are made with ricotta and lemon, and you get to shake them in a bag filled with cinnamon sugar at your table. They were very moist and delicious.
I had the pleasure of meeting the owner and chef Teddy Diggs, who was trained in Rome to learn how to make the pizzas he makes today. He attended the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York, which I wrote about in my earlier post you can see here. I was born and grew up not far from the CIA. What a beautiful area of our country and what an incredible institute. He was a chef at some fantastic restaurants and has cooked for many celebrities as well as President Obama. Teddy has an incredible background, and you can read more about him on Coronato’s website.
If you are in the area of Chapel Hill or Carrboro, I would recommend dining at Coronato. Tell Teddy Jennifer from Me and My Traveling Hat told you about them.