Only a couple of weeks after MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company opened a Fort Worth location, another chain that says it specializes in Neapolitan-style pizza has opened an Arlington location.
More specifically, Urban Bricks Pizza, which has been in the "TBA" stage for a long time at Arlington's Champions Park, describes itself as serving "next generation, quick artisan pizza," although Neapolitan pizza has been around DFW for several years, most notably at Cane Rosso but also at a few other restaurants. (On its website, Cane Rosso says that it has been certified as a "true Neapolitan pizzeria" by the Associazone Verace Pizza Napoletana).
About that free pizza mentioned in the headline: It will be available from noon to 2 p.m. March 31, when all dine-in guests will receive a free 11-inch build-your-own pizza (for its grand opening a couple of weekends ago, MidiCi ran a similar promotion, offering free Margherita pizzas for a few hours — and the lines were long). Yes, March 31 is more than a month a way, so make plans accordingly.
The drill is similar to other fast-casual pizza spots: There are a handful of "foundation" pizzas, including a Margherita and a classic pepperoni, as well as buffalo chicken, the Aloha (start the debate over whether pineapple belongs on a pizza here) and the "Bad Hunter" (because it's meatless, get it?) with red sauce, mozzarella, Gorgonzola, red onion, mushroom, green pepper and a pesto drizzle.
But the bulk of the pizzas are build-your-own, with five steps to ordering: pick your crust (wheat and gluten-free options are available along with the "original"), sauce, cheese (among the six options is a vegan "cheese" that's a dollar extra), toppings and "drizzles" (pesto, olive oil, Sriracha, etc. including another debate-starter in pizza circles: ranch dressing).
Some of the non-meat toppings might seem unexpected: along with tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, etc. there are such options as almonds, croutons, sunflower seeds and cranberries.
Salads, panini, wings, gelato and dessert pizzas are also available.
According to a release, the Arlington Urban Bricks is the 13th location in Texas and is owned and operated by Akil Momin and Solomon Budwhami of Doughology, a San Antonio-based company that operates eight gas stations and convenience stores in the San Antonio area (Urban Bricks is also based in San Antonio). They were big on the Champions Park location, practically across the freeway from AT&T Stadium.
The restaurant also has a full bar, serving 12 draft beers, frozen margaritas and "a variety of liquor."
More pizza is on its way in Tarrant County: Flippin Pizza, which will offer New York-style pies and pizza by the slice, says it's coming soon to the Chapel Hill shopping center anchored by Central Market in west Fort Worth. And Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine, an intriguing-sounding concept modeled after Brazilian steakhouses — that's right, pizza slices just keep coming to your table, for one fixed price — is due to open in March in Southlake.
Urban Bricks is at 1707 N. Collins St. in Arlington, in the Champions Park development that is also home to a location of Halal Guys (which will have its grand opening this weekend), Torchy's Tacos, BurgerFi, Tokyo Joe's, Salata and Firehouse Subs, with a Social House scheduled to open soon.
For updates on Urban Bricks, check it out on Facebook.