Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Fire + Fly: brand-new artisan pizza joint already hot

The pizza of personal responsibility has arrived

George manages quick-bake pizzas in 550-degree oven
George manages quick-bake pizzas in 550-degree oven
Place

Fire + Fly Artisan Pizza

849 Orange Avenue, Coronado

New sign on Orange Avenue

Father and six-year-old son leave Fire + Fly Artisan Pizza, the just-opened joint on Coronado's Orange Avenue. Dad's carrying four boxes of pizzas.

"Dad, I'll take them."

"Nope."

"Can I hold in them in the van?"

"Nope."

"Why?"

"Because I don't want them to get scalped."

Fire + Fly opened last Sunday, and looks like Coronado's en-tire kid population has not only adopted it, but dragged their parents in, too.

I'm sitting on the new little patio they've built on the sidewalk with succulent planters protecting the area. And hey, I'm drinking a glass of chardonnay out here, a rare privilege on this street. Most places, state won't allow it. Go figure. Plus, I was lucky. Just got ahead of the line of kids, parents, oldies come to build their own pizza for dinner.

It's this idea you're seeing everywhere, of having the dough guy squish out a rough disk, pass it to a line of servers who kind of wait for you to tell them what you want them to put on your pizza. Here the basic cheese and sauce pie costs $5.95. Pay two bucks more and you can ask for five toppings. And they have the full array of brussels sprouts, bacon, gorgonzola, pesto chicken, meatballs, spinach, whatever.

Me, I got lazy, and asked for one of their ready recipes. Number two, the BBQ chicken, with red onions, gorgonzola and mozzarella. Costs $7.95. And I ask for that glass of chard' ($6). Could have had a beer. Bottle or draft. Actually, Stella's the only draft, also $6.

Adrian squishes out the dough

So fourteen bucks down, but enjoying the atmos, and when one of the servers brings out my pizza, still sizzling fresh, it's a modest size and very thin, but man, that first taste. Crunchy, yeasty, and with nice, sweet flavor from the BBQ sauce they've streaked across the chicken chunks and cheese. And so good with the chard'. And yes, it's great to have it all out here on this patio that catches every last bit of the sun sloping in behind Vons.

So I get halfway through the pizza, and start feeling guilty. Call Carla. "Get another!" she says. "Keep half of each for me. Don't come home without them."

Because yes, much more than me, she 's the pizza fiend.

My BBQ chicken pizza

So I join the line again, and it's quite a line by now. I order #1, the one with pepperoni, sausage, meatball and mozzarella, and join the slow procession along all the toppings.

I notice adults without kids seem to have taken refuge in the back patio. But the life's out here. People passing by stop to see what's up, at this spot where Alexander's Pizza used to rule for years.

I guess the question was whether island kids would take to the new joint. Sure looks like they have. Me too. I love the fresh, kinda fruity flavor in the pepperoni sausage one, and the sweet thing going in my chicken pie.

My pepperoni/sausage/meatball pizza

George, who's sliding the pies about in the flaming oven, and manager, turns out, says you get the flavor in the dough because they don't use bleached flour, and they let the dough ferment 24 hours. "Then we bake the pies in this intense heat, 550 degrees. It's very quick. That's why the owners called this place 'Fire and fly.' Because that's what you can do...unless it gets crowded like this. We opened last Sunday and it's been lines ever since."

And Carla? Ecstatic. She really loves the thin, crispy, rough-shaped shell. The crunchy thing. And the yeasty thing it has going. For me, the pizzas are fine. I mean, pizzas never totally hit my erogenous zone. But here, what I like, it's the combo. The wine, the sun, being on the street. And I like the idea that you just get one size, that it costs eight bucks, and that the dough doesn't fill you or fight you all the way.

"You should have made up your own pizza," says Carla later. "Then if you don't hit a home run, you've only got yourself to blame."

Guess the pizza of personal responsibility has arrived.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Poppin’ Padres petition for permanent props in stands

The Crowd Goes Mild!
Next Article

Will San Diego survive a fall without classical music?

Just as symphony, Mainly Mozart, La Jolla Music Society were getting stronger
George manages quick-bake pizzas in 550-degree oven
George manages quick-bake pizzas in 550-degree oven
Place

Fire + Fly Artisan Pizza

849 Orange Avenue, Coronado

New sign on Orange Avenue

Father and six-year-old son leave Fire + Fly Artisan Pizza, the just-opened joint on Coronado's Orange Avenue. Dad's carrying four boxes of pizzas.

"Dad, I'll take them."

"Nope."

"Can I hold in them in the van?"

"Nope."

"Why?"

"Because I don't want them to get scalped."

Fire + Fly opened last Sunday, and looks like Coronado's en-tire kid population has not only adopted it, but dragged their parents in, too.

I'm sitting on the new little patio they've built on the sidewalk with succulent planters protecting the area. And hey, I'm drinking a glass of chardonnay out here, a rare privilege on this street. Most places, state won't allow it. Go figure. Plus, I was lucky. Just got ahead of the line of kids, parents, oldies come to build their own pizza for dinner.

It's this idea you're seeing everywhere, of having the dough guy squish out a rough disk, pass it to a line of servers who kind of wait for you to tell them what you want them to put on your pizza. Here the basic cheese and sauce pie costs $5.95. Pay two bucks more and you can ask for five toppings. And they have the full array of brussels sprouts, bacon, gorgonzola, pesto chicken, meatballs, spinach, whatever.

Me, I got lazy, and asked for one of their ready recipes. Number two, the BBQ chicken, with red onions, gorgonzola and mozzarella. Costs $7.95. And I ask for that glass of chard' ($6). Could have had a beer. Bottle or draft. Actually, Stella's the only draft, also $6.

Adrian squishes out the dough

So fourteen bucks down, but enjoying the atmos, and when one of the servers brings out my pizza, still sizzling fresh, it's a modest size and very thin, but man, that first taste. Crunchy, yeasty, and with nice, sweet flavor from the BBQ sauce they've streaked across the chicken chunks and cheese. And so good with the chard'. And yes, it's great to have it all out here on this patio that catches every last bit of the sun sloping in behind Vons.

So I get halfway through the pizza, and start feeling guilty. Call Carla. "Get another!" she says. "Keep half of each for me. Don't come home without them."

Because yes, much more than me, she 's the pizza fiend.

My BBQ chicken pizza

So I join the line again, and it's quite a line by now. I order #1, the one with pepperoni, sausage, meatball and mozzarella, and join the slow procession along all the toppings.

I notice adults without kids seem to have taken refuge in the back patio. But the life's out here. People passing by stop to see what's up, at this spot where Alexander's Pizza used to rule for years.

I guess the question was whether island kids would take to the new joint. Sure looks like they have. Me too. I love the fresh, kinda fruity flavor in the pepperoni sausage one, and the sweet thing going in my chicken pie.

My pepperoni/sausage/meatball pizza

George, who's sliding the pies about in the flaming oven, and manager, turns out, says you get the flavor in the dough because they don't use bleached flour, and they let the dough ferment 24 hours. "Then we bake the pies in this intense heat, 550 degrees. It's very quick. That's why the owners called this place 'Fire and fly.' Because that's what you can do...unless it gets crowded like this. We opened last Sunday and it's been lines ever since."

And Carla? Ecstatic. She really loves the thin, crispy, rough-shaped shell. The crunchy thing. And the yeasty thing it has going. For me, the pizzas are fine. I mean, pizzas never totally hit my erogenous zone. But here, what I like, it's the combo. The wine, the sun, being on the street. And I like the idea that you just get one size, that it costs eight bucks, and that the dough doesn't fill you or fight you all the way.

"You should have made up your own pizza," says Carla later. "Then if you don't hit a home run, you've only got yourself to blame."

Guess the pizza of personal responsibility has arrived.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Nicholas Wiseman: a great influence on John Henry Newman

Also known as author of Fabiola, a novel
Next Article

Hard times for San Diego County cities

Hard times for 17 San Diego County cities
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close