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Cane Rosso Opens its Newest Location in South Austin

08.03.2016 by: Leah McGarry
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With great success in Dallas and Houston, Cane Rosso recently opened up shop in South Austin. Occupying the former location of St. Phillip, Cane Rosso serves up delicious Neapolitan pizzas, pastas, appetizers and Italian desserts - making it a Dallas transplant we can definitely get on board with.

Austin joins the list of Cane Rosso's Texas locations

When Cane Rosso was founded, owner Jay Jerrier trained with Master Pizzaiolos at the Associazone Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN), an organization that adheres to the true craft of making neapolitan pizza. Previously, Pieous was the only other restaurant in town with this distinction. Just because the restaurant has multiple locations, don't think they've lost sight of these basic principles. They have a strong focus on authenticity, with dough and mozzarella made in-house daily and other ingredients hand-selected. It's definitely not New York style pizza, and they encourage you to eat with a fork and knife - especially because of that trademark "tip sag." 

Some of the most popular pizzas include the Emma, made with local sausage, San Marzano tomatoes, housemade mozzarella and basil, and the Zoli which is similar but includes hot soppressata. You'll notice the pizza choices are pretty heavy on meat, but you can still find veggie options like the Margherita or the Vegetale we enjoyed with mushrooms, artichokes, roasted grape tomatoes, caramelized onions, olives, san marzanos, housemade mozzarella, basil, rapini, and sea salt.

The Vegetale makes a hearty vegetarian pizza option

One of the most hyped (and most expensive) items on the Austin pizza menu is the Elena, made with mozzarella, house smoked brisket from local Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ, pepperoni, hot soppressata, goat cheese and jalapeno pesto. This pizza packed a flavorful punch and definitely had a kick that you'll need to wash down. (Luckily they have a fairly extensive beer and wine list to do just that.) I only wish there was more brisket!

The Elena is exclusive to the Austin menu, featuring Valentina's Tex Mex brisket

Choose from a wide variety of local and imported beer and wine, including Lambrusco - one of my faves!

I was surprised to see just how much the restaurant offers outside of pizza. Appetizers include hearty items like meatballs and eggplant parmesan, or the delicious Aroncini Bolognese - fried risotto balls with peas and mozzarella atop a flavorful, meaty sauce (a steal for just $10). While the pasta menu is not extensive, you can choose from simple selections like Cacio e Pepe, Bolognese, or lasagna (on weekends only). If you'd rather stick to pizza, check out the metro option where you can select up to 3 flavors and get 3 whopping feet of Neapolitan goodness.

Fried risotto balls with peas and mozzarella atop bolognese

While we were too stuffed for dessert this time, you won't want to miss classics like Tiramisu or Zeppole, or perhaps try something new like the S'mores Calzone. Since Cane Rosso is both kid- and parent-approved, you might even find yourself next door at Cow Tipping Creamery if you can save some room!

{Official website: Cane Rosso}

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