A pizza chain that claims to have a healthier spin is headed for Dallas-Fort Worth. Skinny Pizza promises to bring a gourmet, healthy, authentic New York pizza experience in a fast-casual format. It'll open its first Dallas-area branch in Addison Circle, in a spot with pizza DNA: the former location of Pastazio, which closed in early 2016.
Founder Joseph Vetrano, who has lifelong experience with Napoli- and New York-style pizza, created a menu with a no-additive crust, organic tomatoes, and hormone-free, nitrate-free toppings. Pastas are GMO-free, salads and greens are organic, and the sodas have no high-fructose corn syrup.
The "skinny" part of the name refers to the crust: It's very thin and crisp. They also offer whole wheat and gluten-free crusts.
Topping combos sound like an international food festival. The Italian has sausage, ground beef, pepperoni, mushrooms, peppers, and olives. There's a Mexican with ground beef, jalapeño peppers, cheddar, tomato, onion, and cilantro; a Greek with tomato, onion, olives, spinach, and feta cheese; and a Hawaiian with turkey bacon, pineapple slices, and cheddar cheese. A hickory has chicken with barbecue sauce, and a buffalo has chicken with hot sauce and blue cheese.
Pasta is prepared to order, and is not only GMO-free, it's also egg- and cholesterol-free, low in sodium, and high in fiber. Sauces include pomodoro, vodka, and pesto.
To their credit, the selection of vegetables surpasses the usual green bell pepper and button mushroom. There's grilled eggplant, grilled zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, and three kinds of mushrooms: shiitake, porcini, or cremini. There are also capers, although calling capers vegetables, a bit of a stretch, no?
According to a spokesperson, the restaurant will open at Post Addison Circle, with a targeted opening "in the next month or two."