Get ready, Austin: Cane Rosso is comin’ for you.
As Austin’s CultureMap reported a couple days ago, the feisty local pizza chain, with five total locations in Fort Worth, Dallas and its suburbs, is making the great migration south. (Austin isn’t the only stop, as CultureMap notes, with a pair of Houston locations also reportedly on deck this year.)
In addition to bring its signature Neapolitan-style pizzas to the capital city, Cane Rosso is also expanding into the ice cream business, having acquired Austin’s Cow Tipping Creamery, an operation currently in food truck form that Cane Rosso head honcho Jay Jerrier intends to bring to brick-and-mortar life.
“We fell in love with what Cow Tipping does,” Jerrier told CultureMap. “They bake everything from scratch, they make all the ice cream from scratch, and it’s really good creamy ice cream. They felt like they were ready to go brick-and-mortar but weren't ready to take it to the next step.”
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Closer to home, pizza lovers remain on alert for the final days of Jerrier (whom DFW.com profiled last year)’s other passion project, Zoli’s NY Pizza, which is scheduled to close this spring, owing to impending housing development in its current Oak Cliff location.
But while the closure might seem like bad news, this particular cloud has a silver lining: Jerrier told Eater Dallas last fall the concept, which will be retooled from fast-casual to traditional sit-down service when it re-opens, might be a good fit for a few places in Dallas, or even Fort Worth.
Stay tuned, pizza fans.