More Pizza on the Way

Dallas chef jumps on pizza bandwagon to expand Italian domain

Dallas chef jumps on pizza bandwagon to expand Italian domain

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Pizza is on the menu at the Maple Avenue Dining District. Photo courtesy of Shoebill

Two new restaurants are coming to the newly christened Maple Avenue Dining District. One is an Italian restaurant that'll serve Dallas' favorite new cuisine: pizza.

Called Sprezza, it's described in a release as a "Roman restaurant and tavern" focusing on a Roman style of pizza called pizza al taglio, plus house-made "bronze die extruded" pastas. The beverage program will be Italian-centric, with an all-Italian wine list, Italian beers, and Italian-style cocktails.

Pizza al taglio is baked in large rectangular trays and has a thick, bready crust. The closest thing Dallas has to it is the "Grandma" style served at Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern.

Sprezza comes from Julian Barsotti of Nonna and Carbone’s, and the Donohoe Brothers of The Dram.

The second new restaurant is Señor Manny's Uptown Cantina, from veteran restaurateur Manny Rios; this will be his fourth location.

The Maple Avenue Dining District is one of a series of Crow Holdings investments in the Oak Lawn neighborhood, including the restoration and expansion of the Old Parkland Campus, and Trammell Crow Residential's construction of two multifamily developments, 4110 Fairmount and the Alexan Fairmount.

"Our desire to provide accessible and high-quality entertainment, dining, and lifestyle options while preserving the history and character of Maple Avenue will become a reality with the opening of these restaurants," says Crow Holdings chairman and CEO Harlan Crow.

The architecture and landscape reflects the historical birth of the Oak Lawn neighborhood, including early 20th century Craftsman and Folk Victorian-style buildings, period-specific materials, native plants, and design details that evokes this rich era in Dallas' past.

Existing trees have been preserved and supplemented by a variety of canopy trees throughout the site. A large, central courtyard will accommodate events and outdoor dining.

The restaurants were designed by Dallas-based planning and historic preservation firm Architexas, with custom landscape design by SMR Landscape.