Magnificent Monday & a Goof Restaurant Review

The mailbox provided a gift when I got home today.  It will seem pretty cheesy to most people, and   by most people I mean almost everyone.  Vistaprint offered me a free sample prototype while I was trying to negotiate customized t-shirts for the A-Train.  Of course I didn’t need to give them our final design, since I didn’t have one yet, so I gave them something quick, but I thought it was kinda cool.  Ready for a laugh?  Here ya go.

(Pause for laughter)

On a serious note the t-shirt is soft and is decent quality and the printing is well done.  If you need quick turnaround on shirts I would say that Vistaprint does a decent job.  I wouldn’t say it did as well as Fit2Run here in Tampa, but it may be a little less expensive.
The weekend was filled with some great training and some pretty good pizza.  “Wait.  Did he just say pizza? ”  Yes, I said pizza from Anthony’s Coal Stone Pizza.  Those whom know me understand that I usually follow a pretty strict Paleo lifestyle, but one meal a week I treat myself, especially while I have been training as hard as I have been.  Pizza is something I cannot seem to drop completely, and I really don’t have any intention of doing so.
I am a pizza connoisseur.  I have had pizza from all over the world, so it takes a lot to impress me. I have had a hard time here in Florida finding a decent pie, but luckily Anthony’s just opened up here in South Tampa on Dale Mabry.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. My favorite pizza of all time is in New York City, at John’s Pizza on 44th St between 7th and 8th Avenues, but obviously it takes a little bit of effort to eat there.  Anthony’s is by far the best I have tasted in Florida and it takes 3rd or 4th on my list of pizza’s I have had the pleasure of gorging on.
Not only is the pizza extremely tasty, but the service is second to none with a great selection of beers, wines and coal fired wings that are absolutely to die for.  The first time you eat at Anthony’s they give you a couple of wings to sample with grilled onions on them.  They have no buffalo sauce on them and they do not need it.  They have an excellent dry rub that after being cooked at 900 degrees the meat is tender and nearly falls right off the bone with an exquisite taste.  Everything at the restaurant is cooked in a coal fired oven.  There are no other ovens or microwaves, everything is cooked fresh.
The pizza comes straight from the oven to  your table with just this little bit of charing on the edges.  It is a super thin crust that is flakes and is crispy.  The sauce is made everyday where the you can still taste the tomatoes, garlic, salt and pepper as it mixes with the rich blend of cheeses and topping in your mouth.  Truly a treat, and it pretty much has to be because it is by far not the least expensive pizza in the world.
Anthony’s Pizza gets – G, G, G, G – 4 out of 5 Goofs.  (I know, I know that makes this blog even more cheesy, but give me a break I am trying to start a brand here.)
1901 South Dale Mabry, Tampa South, FL 33629
(Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza did not compensate me to write this review)
Have a great week! 
 
 Carpe Viam!

(the IronGoof) is a certified running coach, triathlon coach, personal trainer and sports nutrition coach who's real passion is to help others enjoy the journey on the way to conquering their goals. He has written many articles and guest posts on the technical, nutritional and psychological aspects of endurance training. He currently lives and trains in Tampa, Florida.

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