Coalition caters to those who want their own pizza and want it quick. Menus are available at the entrance, and they have cashiers ready to take your order for your very own eleven inch pizza, sandwich, or pasta. After a stop to fill up your cup with your favorite Puck’s soda flavor (they have beer and wine as well), you just need to find a table and wait a few short minutes for their coal-fired oven to finish cooking your pizza. There seems to be a growing trend of fast, personalized pizza without wait staff, and Coalition does a good job of offering this and a quality product.
I started with Coalition’s garlic bread with cheese, and it came out even quicker than the pizza. The garlic bread was quite delicious, and it was obvious that they used fresh garlic. I then sampled The Paragon (pepperoni), The Mt. Etna (pepperoni and sausage), and The Independent (cheese). All of these pizzas were good, and you can also create your own if you don’t like any of their specialty pizzas. They all had a thin, soft crust that was not to charred and pretty flavorful cheese with a good amount of grease. The pepperoni wasn’t too special, but I thought the sausage had a good amount of zest. Sharing pizzas amongst a group would work, but a decently hungry adult shouldn’t have a problem finishing one. If you don’t want to wait around for a pizza or have to tip wait staff, then Coalition in Carmel is for you.
What I Ate: The Paragon, The Mt. Etna, and The Independent