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Delayed delivery: i Fratelli pizza again plans Fort Worth locations

I Fratelli medium pizza with pepperoni and sausage, bell peppers and black olives.
I Fratelli medium pizza with pepperoni and sausage, bell peppers and black olives. Special to the Star-Telegram

Hey, Bud! A few years ago you said an i Fratelli Pizza would open in Fort Worth. When or where?

Square pizza fan

That location didn’t pan out, but i Fratelli now says two locations will open soon, one in west Fort Worth near West Seventh Street and one on the south side near TCU. The square Sicilian pizza is very similar to Campisi’s, with a few different flavors and combinations. The closest locations right now are in Keller, Grapevine and Southlake, with the mothership at 4020 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving.


Hey, Bud! OK, TorTaco closed. Can’t anything make it in the West Seventh area?

Social media comments

As one reader pointed out, Terra Mediterranean Grill, Fireside Pies and Social House seem to do just fine, and Cork & Pig Tavern seems to be building a following. TorTaco clumsily tried to combine industrial ambience with good food, and lost both the dining crowd and bar crowd. There’s also the parking shortage, but that’s not going to change, and the Crockett Street Food Hall is on the way. (TorTaco is not to be confused with Bartaco, opening soon in the WestBend shops on River Run.)


Hey, Bud! My regular Panera Bread on South University Drive has trucks all around it and the sign’s gone. It always seems busy.

Sharon, Fort Worth

That Panera is one of the company’s oldest and it’s very busy — that’s why they’re remodeling it and updating the signage. Since that Panera opened, the St. Louis-founded company has merged with East Coast favorite Au Bon Pain, then split and merged again, now under the same corporate umbrella as Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.