Artisan pizza has met the free market.
The price of a handmade, stone-oven pizza with local, premium toppings is now $10 at lunch, including a salad.
So why isn’t Taverna Rossa in Southlake packed at midday?
Maybe because the new Park Village shopping center is still a little bewildering. Or maybe because nowhere in Southlake is packed for midweek lunch.
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It’s almost worth the drive for a $10 lunch with, say, the Goat & Fig pizza (goat cheese, pancetta, fig, basil and balsamic) or the Bee’s Knees (soppressata, basil and honey, like that other famous honey b-named pizza from that other R-named pizza restaurant).
Taverna Rossa’s crust is not for Neapolitan-style purists. It’s a thin, cracker-crisp crust, not soft or pliable. But plenty of Texans like crisp crust better.
The choice of 13 combinations ranges from basic Margherita to a “Smokey Pie” with brisket and bacon, a “Farmer’s Pie” with local sausage and red pepper, a supreme with Luscher’s sausage or a Brussels sprouts-bacon-and-Benton’s ham.
Each personal-pan size — plenty big — comes with a choice of a Caesar or a side salad. The $10 price leaves money for a whiskey-chocolate cake or salted-caramel bread pudding.
On Sundays, a brunch menu includes steak-and-eggs pizza, ham-and-eggs or a “French toast pie” with berries, honey, goat cheese and almonds.
Taverna Rossa takes on more of a noisy, craft-brewpub atmosphere by night, but the lunch setting is downright businesslike.
It’s a less-pricey competitor to Southlake’s more expensive artisan pizza restaurants such as Coal Vines, or Fireside Pies in Grapevine.
Reata is serving special German dinners this weekend at Oktoberfest.
No joke. Fort Worth’s cowboy-chic restaurant will serve three-course dinners of pork schnitzel, sausages or roast chicken for $60, including reserved VIP seating and a commemorative stein; oktoberfestfw.com.
Of course, Swiss Pastry Shop now serves German dinners nightly Tuesdays through Saturdays, including schnitzel, pork chops, beef stroganoff and sauerbraten; 3936 W. Vickery Blvd., 817-732-5661, swisspastryonline.com.
Out of sight downtown, three delis serve weekday breakfasts and lunches for diners in-the-know.