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Anthony’s on The Hill Set to Close

A short panic came over the Church Hill Neighborhood Facebook group when news that Anthony’s on The Hill was to close this weekend on the 29th. We spoke with owner Michael Calogerakis to confirm the news and, unfortunately, it is so, Anthony’s is closing for good.

However, it is not all bad news.

The plans are to close the space for the next one to two months while the owner works on a new concept. While they’re not ready to announce a new name for the restaurant, they did tell us that the offerings will include hot breakfast options, sandwiches, and more. CHPN is going to meet with Michael to discuss the concept more next week, so we’ll keep you in the loop.

Established in 2011, Anthony’s on the Hill has been a popular place in our neighborhood; providing homemade and delicious Italian-American comfort food. Many of us loved the pizza dough crust, the meatballs, the salads and the marinara sauce. Now with 8 1/2 as the closest Italian American food option, we will miss this place but we are also excited that a new and potentially delicious breakfast nook is coming to the hill.

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Liz
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Liz

My day is now officially ruined!!!

Michael Jones
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Thank you Michael Calogerakis for all you’ve done for Church Hill. Anthony’s has beed a great addition to the neighborhood. Look forward to enjoying and supporting your next efforts! Gonna miss that food…

HW
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HW

Commence the rumours of this now killing Buzzy’s.

Katarina Sophia Pace
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Hopefully this is not because of new competition opening up. Anthony’s is still the best pizza!

Diana Palese
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Love this spot !!!! Going to miss you

Stokes McCune
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Great place great food! Gonna miss em

Marilyn Stroh
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Church Hill needs a place for breakfast. I love the idea. Hope it comes to be. Eggs “your way”, French toast, lox and bagels, oatmeal, cream of wheat, Fresh OJ, Bloody Mary’s, I could go on…

Robbie Summey
Guest

I liked their food. The staff was very courteous.

Michael Grabow
Guest

I really hope they still make pizza when they open back up!

Alexander Merrick-Tagore
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This is the saddest day for Richmond Pizza lovers. Anthonies is my favorite and will be missed (even if the replacement is delish!!!) nothing like their red with black olive and pepperoni. ????

Kate Stromberg
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noooooooooooooo

Jared Nathan Crane
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But will they still deliver???

Evan Maxwell
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NO

Essy Schmucker
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I love Anthony’s so much. This is heart and stomach-breaking.

Beth
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Beth

I am so sad about this, it is my neighborhood Italian food fix. Just like being home on Long Island. I don’t have time for fancy breakfast but I always have time for dinner pizza with morning leftovers.

Liz Morton
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Can’t go wrong with hot breakfast and sandwiches! We always wished there were more options for food like that when we lived there. Good luck Anthony’s team!! Can’t wait to try the new menu!

Heather Horak
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Heather Horak

Mike is a rock solid baker, so looking forward to what he cooks up next.

Liz
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Liz

And let me add, this may be my new go-to for breakfast. The staff there are awesome!

Kay Hudgins
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But still pizza right? Just please don’t take our PIZZA!

UH Neighb
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UH Neighb

Best of luck with the new venture. We could use a proper sit down-casual breakfast spot!

Kathy Greenier
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This is the darkest day

Dania Jennison
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My pizza. Oh my pizza needs in RVA will never be met again. My eggplant parm needs… My chicken parm needs… My cannoli needs… I’m so sad.

SA Chaplin
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SA Chaplin

Other than Donald Trump, there may not be as hot button an issue as “the best pizza in town.” That said, the pizza at Anthony’s was, IMHO, okay at best. It didn’t help that there were no craft beers to wash it down. My dream for Anthony’s: bring in Lefty Bletsos (formerly of Stratford Hills, now in @ “Lefty’s” in Amelia — my favorite pizza) to re-invent Anthony’s pizza, and add craft beers (and add a little more atmosphere).

Heather Boylan Drew
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Best pizza in Richmond. Hands down. My heart breaks and stomach mourns.

Eric S. Huffstutler
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Eric S. Huffstutler

I too hope they will keep pizza since I do not like the bland tasting, thick crust 8-1/2 ones.

Holly
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Holly

THE. BEST. PIZZA.

Jim Altieri
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Jim Altieri

So sorry to hear about Anthony’s. My grandchildren especially looked forward to Anthony’s when they came from NE to visit. Will look forward to the reopening.

Ali Cross
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Noooooooo

Tricia Dunlap
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Nutella calzone is required. Chicken saltimbocca. The meatballs. Arugula salad. And I’ve lived for and “Anthony’s special pizza + prosciutto”. We are regulars there and I’ll be so upset if our favorites disappear for good.

Alejandra Rodríguez
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Nooooooooo

Grateful
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Grateful

Michael is, without a doubt, the hardest working restaurant owner in town! Best Pizza & Meatballs to be found anywhere. You deserve a break-come back strong. Thanks You!!

D
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D

It is THE BEST pizza!!! Really, really going to miss it…

M Perry
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M Perry

This is heartbreaking! We just moved to the neighborhood and this has by far been our favorite spot and one we couldn’t wait to take family and friends to. We loved the neighborhood feel and knew that in time it would become a place where everyone knew our name and our order. There are quite a few morning food options between WPA, Buzzy’s and LPH. Anthony’s filled an Italian food void on the Hill and their pizza vastly outdoes 8 1/2. Sad to see it close.

Jackee Sadicario
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We don’t need hot breakfast and sandwiches. We already have that. We need your pizza. Please keep the pizza.

SueWho
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SueWho

Very sad news indeed. I wish I had time for leisurely breakfasts, but I don’t. My food preferences have always been lunch or supper items more than what’s offered for breakfast, though I’m sure there’ll be enough folks around here to support a breakfast and lunch service concept. I’ll certainly miss the tasty pizzas and pasta items.

MP
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MP

Sad about this, too! But really excited about a hot breakfast option, plus sandwiches! Davinci pizza on the 1100 block of N 25th is really good (if you can get over the block it’s on).

paul glancy
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paul glancy

Look forward to the next iteration. Will certainly give it a try. For Italian, 8 1/2 is hard to beat. Excellent product – glad they are close.

RWM
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RWM

Breakfast Pizzas would be amazing!

Melissa Brooks
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My 7 year old legit cried. We all did. Great pizza, awesome meatballs, friendly staff.

Liz
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Liz

I do hope Michael, the owner, is reading all of these comments and seeing what a great thing he brought to our neighborhood!!! I also hope he knows he has great support and we are looking forward to his next venture!

nicholas g armbrust
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nicholas g armbrust

We were Michael’s first customers after receiving Anthony’s ABC license. Loved the food then, and grown to love it more with each visit. Chicken saltimbocca and three meat pizza are favorites. Clear that Michael’s know dough. Hopeful that his next is as satisfying for him as much as Anthony’s has been for his following. Awful to think of Anthony’s in the past tense.

Eric S. Huffstutler
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Eric S. Huffstutler

If we can get something like a “3rd Street Diner” concept with breakfast hours and home-cooked diner food, that would be great for our area.

JessOfRVA
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JessOfRVA

This is SO SAD!!!! I love this place. Best pizza in town, hands down.

JMG
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JMG

‘Sad’ doesn’t even begin to cover it. We will miss our weekly dinners there. We will miss the great food, kitchen crew, and excellent wait staff! Most of the time we didn’t even have to tell them our order, they already knew what we wanted. A true neighborhood spot – like a Church Hill Cheers. Such a loss for RVA. Pizza is the best around, hands down!

MJR
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MJR

I’m armchair QBing here and have no idea of the financials… but in a perfect world they’d just keep Anthony’s on the Hill and Michael could open a second spot for his breakfast concept at 32nd and Marshall…

I can honestly say I’ve never had a better meatball pizza anywhere else. They are the best.

Randall Bowman
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Randall Bowman

My favorite pizza in all of RVA.
Will miss them greatly.

Sean Cassidy
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Well, the food sucks. No big loss.

Kate
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Kate

I’m so upset by this. SUNDAY WILL NOT BE THE SAME WITHOUT MY ARUGALA PIZZA. Like we had friends who would hang out with us late on Sunday evenings before heading out to nova or va beach just to get pizza with us.

Bill
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Bill

Eat at home

dontmincewords
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dontmincewords

@47/Sean. FINALLY someone who I can related to. I have never had a saltier pizza than the arugala. And I like me some salt, but holy hell. I ordered the Pasta with Tuscan Bolognese Meat Sauce in July and it was brown meat and white pasta. No red sauce to be found. I told a friend in Varina about the closing. She loved their pizza and she said “they’ve gone down hill in the last year.” So, living in Richmond is like living in LA – no good pizza unless you know the good places in Brooklyn.