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Dallas' upscale pizza-churrascaria concept cuts a slice for Plano

Dallas' upscale pizza-churrascaria concept cuts a slice for Plano

Delucca Gaucho Pizza
You get slices of pizza for days. Photo courtesy of Delucca

A novel pizza concept with two locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area has signed up for one more. Delucca Gaucho Pizza and Wine will open its third location in Plano, at 8240 Preston Rd. According to co-owner Evan Caregnato, the location will open in early 2020.

Delucca is an innovative combination of a pizzeria and the Brazilian-style churrascaria, where servers circulate the dining room with meats that they bring to your table when you give the green light.

At Delucca, instead of chunks of steak, it's slices of pizza, with a choice of up to 20 flavors.

You pay a fixed price of $19 to sample an unlimited number of pizzas. It comes with a charcuterie and antipasto starter platter, a salad, and some seasonal small dishes.

Caregnato and his wife Vanderleia Mallmann are churrascaria veterans: Natives of Brazil, they worked for Texas de Brazil for many years, helping the chain open 54 locations around the world.

They opened their first Delucca in Southlake, at 2001 W. Southlake Blvd. in 2018, followed by a branch in Dallas in the Design District.

Selecting Plano for their location was an obvious choice, Caregnato says.

"We have a lot of customers who come from Frisco, McKinney, Plano," he says. "This made perfect sense, and it's a fantastic location."

The spot they're taking is currently home to Paradise Bakery, a chain that's been in the process of closing locations since 2016. This location reached the end of its lease.

"There's a lot in place there, so we feel like the remodeling process will be fast," Caregnato says. "We'd love to be open by the end of January."

Their menu will be the same as their other locations. Choices include vodka sauce, sausage with fennel, shrimp and fontina cheese, steak and gorgonzola, chicken tikka masala, lamb and mint, soppressata and radicchio, mushrooms and leeks, and potato with rosemary and Taleggio cheese.

Their signature flavor is the garlic picanha pizza — garlic picanha being the unique sirloin cut that's the churrascuria trademark.

The price also includes dessert pizzas, in five options that include Nutella, brie and apricot marmalade, and white chocolate-toasted coconut.

Mallmann says this is how they eat in Brazil — "with family and friends, sharing a table and many pizzas," she says.