Add Cane Rosso to the long list of Dallas imports invading Houston. The pizzeria raised some suspicions of its possible arrival recently after notice of the restaurant following local publications and writers on Twitter and Instagram, including this site's Twitter account. Although that's not entirely out of the ordinary, Houston Chronicle has confirmed the Dallas eatery will come to Houston, opening its first location outside of Dallas-Fort Worth in the Heights by year's end.
Residing between the retail center that houses Fat Cat Creamery, Hugs and Donuts and forthcoming Ka Restaurant, plus Treadsack's Bernadine's and Hunky Dory on the opposite side, Cane Rosso will occupy a 4,000 square-feet space planned for a mixed-use property at 1835 North Shepherd. The new development replaces an auto shop which sat on the corner of North Shepherd and West 19th for years.
Cane Russo specializes in Napoletana pizza using hand-crushed San Marzano tomatoes, something owner Jay Jerrier takes pride in. A certified Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN), Jerrier uses a wood-burning oven to bake his pies. Similar to Austin-import Torchy's Tacos, Cane Rosso has cult-like following in Dallas and they're just as excited about their D-Town pizzeria expanding to H-Town.
While pizza is a prominent fixture on the menu, other offerings consists of Italian sandwiches, pastas and salads. But don't ask for ranch. To be extra clear, never, ever, ever ask for it. Jerrier doesn't serve it. In fact, ranch dressing has been infamously banned.
Home to well-received Italian-inspired Coltivare and several highly anticipated openings on the way, the Heights is showing no signs of slowing down, exploding with restaurants left and right. It's only a matter of time before more restauranteurs outside of Houston look to leave their stamp in the neighborhood. And that's a good thing.
A Dallas favorite continues its expansion craze into Houston.