It’s been a crazy week. I mean, compared to our normal routine. Not so crazy for you cool youngsters out there. I’ve been away from the house 4 evenings this week- mom’s night out on Sunday, Valentine’s dinner on Tuesday, book club last night, then tonight we met Lauren and Robert at the new Il Cane Rosso in Deep Ellum.
I posted about Il Cane Rosso a while back. It used to just entail a mobile pizza oven owned by Jay Jerrier (of Campania Pizza) that would set up shop at various places- most recently Times Ten Cellars and Green Spot. Now they have a real brick & mortar in Deep Ellum, right across the street from Twisted Root.
The restaurant is only open for dinner Thursday-Saturday. We showed up around 7:15 and the place was busy but not crazy. I think we waited maybe 15 minutes for a table. The bar was crowded to we kind of just awkwardly milled around the door and tried to entertain Jack. The host was very nice, offering us seats and even politely ousting a couple who tried to snag our table (to be fair, I think they didn’t realize that there was a wait).
Bad news: No high chairs yet. Good news: No liquor license yet, either! BYOB!
We started with the foccacia. It was quite impressive right out of the oven- like a doughy UFO.
It deflated once we tore into it. Dressed simply with olive oil, sea salt and rosemary, it was warm, soft and chewy. The top was a little charred but definitely not a dealbreaker; it actually gave it an interesting smoky flavor.
Speaking of smoky, the giant pizza oven is pretty fascinating. It’s a shiny, red-tiled, wood burning monstrosity that, according to the menu, maintains a toasty 900 degrees. The pizza only bakes for a minute (literally… 1 minute) so despite the lack of high chair, it was actually not a bad place to take Jack. Even with all of the tables filled, our food came out remarkably quickly.
We ordered the Gus: Jimmy’s sausage, fresh mozzarella (made in-house!), San Marzano tomatoes, basil and mushrooms.
The specialize in the Neapolitan-style pie; thin crust, quality ingredients. The edges are crispy but you definitely benefit from a knife and fork when tackling the interior. Our pizza was plenty for Brian, Jack and me to share- but we definitely didn’t bring home any leftovers.
Brian and I passed Jack back and forth, and he was actually great for the entire meal. As long as he had crust to gnaw on, he was a happy guy.
We also shared the Zeppole for dessert. I guess the best way to describe them are a cross between a funnel cake and a doughnut hole. The fried dough is sprinkled with powdered sugar and served in a paper bag. The dark chocolate sauce for dipping was to die for. Once the zeppole was finished, a few members of our table (minus Brian the chocolate-hater) were actually dipping utensils to catch the remaining sauce.
So a great meal… and surprisingly reasonable! Appetizer, meal and dessert, and we managed to get out of there for $25/couple. We’ll definitely be back soon.
And to close: The obligatory my-kid-is-precious pictures from our park trip today. Isn’t he dreamy?? Brian and I tell Jack all the time how perfect he is. That won’t turn him into a massive brat, will it? Yes? Oh well.
(And to explain the title: Lauren informed me that “Il Cane Rosso” means “The Red Dog.” She’s smart like that.)