Nov 2, 2021 - Food and Drink
Flavortown comes to The Nations
Mama G's meatballs at Nicky's Coal Fired.
Mama G's meatballs at Nicky's Coal Fired. Photo courtesy of Nicky's Coal Fired

Nicky's Coal Fired is ready for its close-up.

  • Flavortown guru Guy Fieri recently visited The Nations eatery for an upcoming episode of his TV show "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives."

How to watch: The local restaurant's episode airs 8pm Friday on the Food Network.

Why it matters: Fieri's stamp of approval gives local restaurants a national profile that can translate to big business.

What he ate: While he was at Nicky's, Fieri tasted Mama G's meatballs and the Hey Paisano pizza, which comes with smoked mozzarella, capicola, red onion, and spicy honey.

  • Both dishes will get star turns on the show, according to a news release.

What they're saying: Caroline Galzin, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband Tony, tells Axios the process was a fun whirlwind and that Fieri gave them some advice before he left.

  • "Be ready for the avalanche that's going to happen after the show airs," she remembers him saying.
  • Galzin says they have been trying for about a month to add staffing.
  • "We're sweating a little bit."
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