Cane Rosso has another location in the works, but this time it's headed outside the confines of Dallas-Forth Worth. The critically acclaimed Neapolitan pizza restaurant is opening in The Heights neighborhood of Houston.
"We've been wanting to get after this for a long time, but we had a lot going on," says owner Jay Jerrier. "We've had so many stops and starts about so many different locations in Houston, but we were finally able to string it together."
The Houston location will be the fifth outpost in Cane Rosso's growing empire.
After touring various neighborhoods throughout Houston, Jerrier settled on a 4,000-square-foot space at 1835 N. Shepherd that will put him within walking distance of Hunky Dory, Bernadine's, Southern Goods, Ka Sushi, Hugs & Donuts and Fat Cat Creamery. "That's a bonus for us that there's doughnuts and ice cream across the street," Jerrier says with a laugh.
"I have friends who live down in Houston. They said the Heights is definitely where you want to be," adds Jerrier, who hopes to begin construction in July or August with an eye toward a December opening.
Recently, Jerrier sampled pizza at several Houston restaurants, including Weights + Measures, Provisions and Pizaro's, the most direct competitor for Cane Rosso.
"There's good pizza [in Houston]. It's all really different than what we do," Jerrier says. "Houston's a pretty sophisticated food city. I think we'll find a lot of people who like it. I think it'll be a good fit. There wasn't a ton of real Neapolitan pizza down there. Most of the pizza we had was crispier than ours."
Will Houston also see a location of Zoli's, his New York-style pizza restaurant? "You never know," Jerrier replies.