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Dallas' newest Italian restaurant pairs bellinis and designer pizza

Dallas' newest Italian restaurant pairs bellinis and designer pizza

Peach bellini
A toast to great pizza. Reese Lloyd

A new tenant has been found for the space at 3900 Cedar Springs Rd. that was formerly home to the short-lived Q Tacos. Called Peasant Pizzeria, it's a new Italian restaurant from Robert Colombo of Sfuzzi fame.

This is the space on the corner of Reardon that was for many years the gift shop Nuvo. Francisco and Patricia Cabrera opened a restaurant there called Quesa in 2015, before shifting to the taqueria; both concepts failed.

The timing turned out to be right for Peasant. Colombo and his partners had been working on the concept for more than a year, when the space became available. Their sign is up and they plan to open in November.

They'll keep it limited. "We're not going to be doing a menu that's a phone book," Colombo says. "We'll do 10-12 appetizers, a dozen pizzas, a few pastas, and a few entrees. We're going to have pizzas from a wood-fired pizza oven, some pastas, and some fabulous salads. One thing this town hasn't embraced is a true Italian chopped salad."

Colombo is back after selling Sfuzzi and taking a break. For Peasant, they've consulted with greats in the industry, including Mario Batale as well as the country's most famous pizzaiolo, Chris Bianco. They have high hopes of making an incredible crust that's unique to Dallas.

They're taking a different approach to their dough by using a bread-style flour that includes dark rye and wheat germ. It ferments for 24 to 36 hours, creating a more digestible crust and producing a golden brown finish.

The bar will feature craft cocktails with an Italian flair such as prosecco splashed with limoncello, and the famous Sfuzzi peach bellinis.

Along with the pizza, they'll roast whole fish and do dishes like mussels or clams — the true peasant dishes you would find at simple restaurants in and around Italy.