Owners of Dallas' Picasso's Pizza launch new spinoff with all the pizzas
The people behind Dallas pizzeria concept Picasso’s Pizza & Grill are opening a spinoff that'll serve all of the pizzas, not just Picasso's. Called Andrew's, it's from Picasso's owners Andrew and Jennifer Albert and their co-owner son with three names Justin Andrew Albert, and according to a release, will open in Plano at 1401 Preston Rd. this fall.
UPDATE 11-29-2022: The restaurant will open on December 10.
Founded in 1991, Picasso's Pizza & Grill once upon a time had three locations in DFW. They closed in early 2020, in the throes of the pandemic. (Their Lake Highlands location will become a Jakes Gameday in the fall.)
In a statement, Andrew says he wanted a restaurant that served various styles of pizza, plus pasta and grilled items.
"Pizza is a staple in America, and the more I started to study different varieties of pizza, the more I saw that people had preferences for different styles, crusts and float profiles," he says. "No one was offering more than one or two types of crust or styles of pizza. We are creating a restaurant that features truly authentic pizza representing the best styles of pizza in the United States.”
The menu will feature what they are calling "Dallas style pizza" which , given Dallas' dreary pizza history is not really a bragging point. They'll also do Chicago style, Detroit style, tavern style, and New York style. Here's some notes:
Their Dallas style pizza is thin crust pizza with 15+ house combinations.
Their Chicago style can be baked in just 6 minutes rather than the typical one hour, thanks a new cooking technology and technique that does deep-dish pizza without the long wait. Andrew’s also uses Wisconsin mozzarella and California plum tomatoes, are those hard to come by?
Their Detroit style is served in a rectangular pan and made with brick cheese and Detroit-style sauce.
Their Tavern style has a crispy thin crust and diced toppings that go all the way to the edge.
Their New York style includes Neapolitan or the Brooklyn featuring large slices made to be folded.
“We wanted this to be a pizza lover's dream," Albert says. "All of the menu items are high-quality and work well together under the American theme, but overall, the pizza along with the cutting edge cooking methods and recipes is at the highest level, making us the local go-to pizza place for all styles of pizza."
Other menu items include salads, calzones, pastas, meat, Akaushi burgers from HeartBrand Beef, sandwiches, desserts, and a full bar with craft cocktails, wine, and local and domestic beers.
The location is near Plano Parkway, in the former Luna de Noche space, with seating for 200 and a patio with 50 seats. They'll and will host live music and sports on one of many 4K TVs.