Colarusso’s Coal Fired Pizza – FLAME ON!

Colarusso’s is a popular name for pizza places in Scranton and the extended Northeast Pennsylvania area. Stopping for a meal at any place with the Colarusso name is always a good idea.

Map: Colarusso’s Coal Fired Pizza

Why go: The pizza! Get the house salad and share, you will get addicted to the coal-fired wings.


Toasty and delicious, pizza harmony
Colarusso’s Coal Oven creates just the right toasted flavor on the delicious Margherita Pizza

There is a story behind the various places that use the Colarusso name, I don’t know it though. If anyone has a link to the story behind the restaurants let me know and I will update this post.

This place is the only Coal Fired Oven in the region. I’ve heard of coal ovens making great pizza and I was excited to give this one a try. The result of the high heat and expertly selected ingredients makes a special pizza experience. The crust can be lightly toasted or deep char-delicious depending on which variety you choose.

The Margherita pizza is almost delicate with tomato slices, fresh mozzarella and basil. My crew loves this pizza. We’ve gotten it a few times, now it’s tough to get them to branch out for other things on the menu. The crust is a toasted brown and the cheese melts nicely into the tomatoes. The basil gets a little char and develops a deep flavor. The heat of the oven crisps the top of the crust for great flavor.

Crispy caramelized chicken.
Colarusso’s Oven Baked Chicken Wings. Don’t expect any leftovers.

The house salad is a huge portion of fixin’s that is a perfect start to a family meal. Share the salad. The Coal oven wings are rubbed in Italian seasonings and given a perfect crispy char. Served with caramelized onions these are the wings you wish you could eat everyday twice a day.  The chicken wings get crispy and a deep, deep char flavor. Different from the traditional deep fried and smothered in sauce wings we all love.

The specialty pizzas are an adventure I’m still pursuing. The Black n’Blue pizza is dotted with strips of sirloin steak, caramelized onions and just the right amount of Gorgonzola cheese. Fantastic if that’s your flavor combination.

Next to try the Philly Cheesesteak Pizza, with onions peppers and mushrooms. Then the Bianco Pizza with Ricotta, Provolone, mozzarella, and Romano cheeses topped with Italian seasonings.

For an expert review of the pie, check out NEPA Pizza Review. One more great review of this place is here. Checkout the Colarusso’s post and blog by Keystone Pizza Critic.


Steak, Onions, Gorgonzola dance in this masterpiece.
Colarusso’s Coal Fired Specialty Pizza – Black n’Blue. Switch it up!

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