Nick’s New Haven Style Pizzeria & Bar restaurant in Coral Springs claims that ‘Size Does Matter’ and now we understand why they use that catch phrase. Their pizza pies are HUGE. While only open for a week, how did our visit go? We were surprised.
We stopped in to Nick’s New Haven Style Pizzeria & Bar on Friday. They just opened earlier in the week and we figured that this new Coral Springs location will be busy. We were right. This new location is located in one of the strip malls they are renovating on University and they secured a good corner spot. It allows for a large outside dining patio and they have large windows that allow for outside seats at the bar. The bar was very busy inside and out and it was a bit too warm for us to eat on the patio. There was about a 20 minute wait for a table inside so we got a pager and waited.
The bar is to the right when you enter the main door – the main door with the hostess stand faces south and the back door faces University Blvd. The space is long and can hold a nice number of customers and today it was completely full. The dining area was nicely decorated with mostly booths that actually seated larger parties. You can see the coal ovens as you walk in to the left and they had a decent number of workers making pies (pizzas). The wait seemed to go by quickly and we got a booth next to the bar. The booth looked like it could probably hold six people so we had plenty of room.
The menu has your typical Italian specialties here. Pasta, salads, pizzas (make your own or specialty) and grinders. They also had a number of entrees and appetizers. We chose the fried calamari for our appetizer (but later wished we ordered the salad when we saw one brought to the next table). We decided on a 18″ pizza (what were we thinking) with pepperoni and onion for the main course. They had a few craft beers on tap so we added on two beers too.
While we waited we enjoyed our beers and tried to hear each other talk. Yeah, it was pretty loud (okay, it really was concert loud). A full house of customers added to the really loud music playing was a little distracting. Other than the music, we found the restaurant very enjoyable and comfortable.
First out was the fried calamari – lightly breaded calamari, zucchini, squash, cherry peppers and marinara sauce. It was hot and freshly out of the kitchen and the calamari was cooked perfectly. The breading was light and the zucchini and squash were a nice addition. The marina sauce tasted homemade and was a really good version of what marinara should be. The only criticism is that the portion seemed a bit small for the price ($10). We understand that seafood prices are going up, but maybe add more zucchini and squash to increase the portion size.
While we had a short break between our appetizer and pizza, we got a chance to look around at the other food going out. The grinders looked amazing and we will be back to try one very soon. We also got a look at the 18″ pizzas, WOW! Our pizza arrived and realized why all the staff had t-shirts that said ‘Size Does Matter’. Our 18″ pizza came out on a huge sheet pan. The pan was so big that if you had a full table, it wouldn’t fit on the table at all. Luckily, it was just the two of us so we could scoot over and it fit. We didn’t get a chance to shoot a picture of the full pie, because our server dished us out the first piece. Great service here by the way! The pizza smelled awesome and looked great.
This is a coal oven pizza so that means that the crust may appear to be ‘well done’ and darker than you usually see. It’s also a very thin crust, thinner than any we’ve had around Broward and we liked it a lot. The crust was prefect with a slight crispy texture that had a good chew. The pepperoni was off the charts. Loaded and some pieces were a little ‘crispy’ on the edges, just the way we like it. Jeff even finished all of his crust and that’s very rare. Of course we had over half the pizza to take home for leftovers and I can confirm that the pizza stands up to the cold pizza test – you know it’s a good pizza when it’s really good cold, right out of the refrigerator.
The service was spot on here and even some of the staff other than our server kept checking up on us from time to time. What really impressed us is that they’ve only been open for a week and the food and service was so good. We were surprised that our visit went so smoothly and we didn’t really encounter any ‘new restaurant’ issues you usually see. Great job Nick’s! We finally have a really good Italian restaurant in Coral Springs.
Nick’s New Haven Pizza restaurant might actually be one of our favorite pizza joins in Broward and we think stands out among the other coal oven pizza places. Nick’s New Haven Style Pizzeria & Bar is located at 2444 N. University Drive, Coral Springs FL.