Pizza Empire Expands

Cane Rosso will spread its pizza wings to Fort Worth

Cane Rosso will spread its pizza gospel to Fort Worth

Prosciutto and arugula pizza at Cane Rosso restaurant Dallas
Prosciutto and arugula pizza. Photo by Jenna Rosier

Having conquered Dallas with his pizza savvy, restaurateur Jay Jerrier is spreading his empire west: He's signed a lease for a Cane Rosso in Fort Worth – in the former Ryan's Fine Grocer and Deli, at 813-815 West Magnolia in Fort Worth's hipster Southside district.

This will make the third branch of Cane Rosso, his board-certified Neapolitan-style pizzeria which opened in Deep Ellum in 2011; followed by a second Cane Rosso in White Rock, which opened in May 2013. In August 2013, Jerrier opened Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern, a New York-style pizzeria in Oak Cliff.

Ryan's, an Eatzi's-style market and take-out shop recently closed rather abruptly. It's ideally located next-door to Brewed Coffee and in front of restaurant-live-music-spot Live Oak Lounge.

"We've been looking for spots in Fort Worth for well over a year and have always wanted to be on Magnolia," Jerrier says. "When the space became available, I immediately made an inquiry."

Jerrier says that he originally explored that space last year and came very close to a deal - "but I lost the space to Ryan's because I was an idiot," he says. "So when the space came open, I pounced on it."

As a former food market, the space was already nicely outfitted, with both front and back patio. "All we really need to do is build out a bar and our open pizza kitchen," Jerrier says. He plans to start work right away, but the opening date relies on the ordering of an oven from Italy.

"Italy takes vacation for the month of August, so we're not sure what's available and ready to ship just yet," Jerrier says. "Dino is going to Naples on September 1, so he'll be working on that end."