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New Sicilian Oven Opens in Coral Springs

Charlie was at the private opening of the new Sicilian Oven in Coral Springs last night. The second location of the popular and (quite frankly) outstanding pizza joint is now in business at  10140 W. Sample Road, formerly home to DiSalvo's Pizza (which makes sense since that restaurant was owned by the family of Sicilian Oven co-owner Ralph DiSalvo). The official grand opening will be this Friday, February 19.

The turnout was great for the Oven's first official night in business, packed with huge parties trading bites of the Sicilian stack (the restaurant's signature fried eggplant dish) and shrimp Palermo, and couples sharing crisp, wood-fired pies.

Most of the staff from the Lighthouse Point location was at the

restaurant, including co-owner and head pizza chef Andrew Garavuso. I

recognized long-time servers entertaining regular customers; some noted

that they would be working full-time at the new store.


experience of the staff made the grand opening go off without a hitch.

Food flowed quickly from the kitchen, and the quality was definitely as

good as it is in Lighthouse Point. I ordered my favorite pie, a

broccoli rabe pizza topped with garlic and cervellata sausage. The

cervellata is cut small and cooks on the pie so it imparts a meaty

aroma on each slice. I'm still amazed by the texture and flavor of

Sicilian oven's crisp dough, sweet and yeasty with just the right

amount of char. The sauce is also top notch -- slightly sweet pureed

tomatoes pooled artfully on the top of the fresh mozzarella cheese.


menu is completely identical to Sicilian Oven's first location, with a

dozen or so specialty pizzas, pastas, a broad selection of wood-fired

starters, salads, and sandwiches on fresh-baked ciabatta bread. The

layout is practically a mirror of its sister restaurant as well, with a

long black granite bar covering one side of the restaurant and a wide

open kitchen framed by rustic brick. The two, stone hearths at the

kitchen's left end are framed by copper hoods and churn out those

amazing pies in just minutes.

Coral Springs is fairly inundated with pizza places already, but the Sicilian Oven is sure to stand out in the pack.

Sicilian Oven
10140 W. Sample Rd., Coral Springs
Hours: Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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John Linn

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