Yesterday, a Facebook page came to our attention. It was for a place called Zoli’s New York Pizza Tavern. In the “about” section, it said: “If you hate Cane Rosso, you’ll love Zoli’s. True Old School NY style pizza joint. We even have chicken and ranch dressing. Coming as soon as we can find the right space.” Curiously, the address listed, 2612 Commerce St., was the address for Jay Jerrier’s Cane Rosso.
Shortly after we asked Jerrier about the page, it disappeared. And when I say “we,” I mean Carol. He wouldn’t respond to our email. Again, “our” means Carol’s. So I was brought into this investigation, because I know Jerrier. And when I say “know,” I really mean “have embarrassing, possibly marriage-ending photos of.” (No, no. Just kidding. I have Jerrier’s cellphone number because of this story I wrote about him. That’s all. Really. (Maybe.))
So here’s the deal: Jerrier knows this guy from New York named Lee Hunzinger. Hunzinger came to Dallas awhile back to help out at Cane Rosso. Then he returned to NYC. But before he left, Hunzinger and Jerrier kicked around plans to open a New York-style pizza place. They have a test kitchen of sorts, with a deck oven, in the back of Cane Rosso. You know, crispy crust, sell it by the slice. All that.
“We just like pizza,” Jerrier says, by way of explaining how he could proselytize for Neapolitan pie and then turn around and do such a thing. “A lot of people hate Cane Rosso. The crust isn’t crispy. There’s no chicken. I get that. And I’ve been eating it for five years. New York style is, like, forbidden fruit to me.” He spent some time working there and came to love the slices served in that fine city.
Hence Zoli’s, named after Jerrier’s first dog. Hunzinger is returning to Dallas to be the executive chef. He has a pie called the CBR, for chicken, bacon, and, yes, ranch. Jerrier says it’s awesome.
And the location of this joint? Right now, the “leader in the clubhouse,” as he put it, is an 1,800-square-foot spot in Oak Cliff. The lease has been negotiated but is not yet signed. On the off chance that it doesn’t work out, Jerrier has scouted other locations, too, including one in East Dallas.
So there you have it. The full scoop. Unless you want to see those pictures of Jerrier. Follow me on Twitter. If I don’t get the first pie out of the oven at the new White Rock Cane Rosso, I’ll share them with the world.
The woman who once lead the brigade at Norma’s Cafe passed away on Saturday. Her family sends word:
“To Mama’s Family of Customers. We sadly inform you of Mama’s passing. We want to welcome you to celebrate her life with us in the following ways.
2 VISITATION TIMES AND LOCATIONS ON TUESDAY:
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH FROM 2-4PM
MULKEY-MASON FUNERAL HOME
740 SOUTH EDMONDS LANE
LEWISVILLE, TX 75067
(From Dallas: I-35 North to Fox Ave. take Left to Edmonds take Right)
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH FROM 6-8PM
LAUREL LAND FUNERAL HOME in Oak Cliff
6000 SOUTH R.L. THORNTON FRWY
DALLAS, TX 75232
(From Downtown Dallas: I-35 South to Laurel Land Rd. take Left)
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH at 1PM
PRESTONWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH
6801 W. PARK BLVD. @ Midway
PLANO, TX 75093
OFFICIATING: JACK GRAHAM
(Burial will be at Laurel Land, immediately following service)”
A nice, generous person sent me an email this morning, offering to give away a pair of tickets valued at $200. If you wish to attend the YW’s Sip ‘N Savor event on Thursday, February 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with busybee chef Sharon Hage and wine-a**-kicker Barbara Werley, you should tell me why you deserve these tickets down in the comments below. These tickets are for a good cause (benefitting low-income women), the food and wine is bound to be mind-blowing, and there’s no way I’m giving this pair to just anybody. Sell me your story. I’ll email the winner of the best comment below tomorrow (Feb 27) at 4:00 p.m.
P.S. The nice person adds: “There will be a wine pull with some of Werley’s selection, and an auction item, too, for a private tour and tasting at Colgin Cellars “IX Estate” Winery, which is a private, state-of-the-art facility set on a mountaintop overlooking Lake Hennessey.”
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Yesterday, Grub Street announced the existence of the new Powerful Yogurt that helps men find their inner abs. Its website claims this beast of a snack is “specifically designed to meet the health and performance needs of busy men living an active lifestyle.” Oh boy. I guess this is for real.
Chad Houser, executive director of Cafe Momentum, posted this funny bit of insight on his Facebook wall. It’s pretty awesome:
C- announced a new yogurt for men called Brogurt. I wonder how much money they spent on coming up with that name, and how many people are going to get fired when someone in the company discovers the definition of “brogurt” on Urban Dictionary?
Update: Previously this article mistakenly associated ‘brogurt’ with Chobani. Powerful Yogurt is actually not manufactured by Chobani.2 Comments »
Every day should be the day to consider opening that “good bottle,” as life is short and meant to be celebrated. Here are a few suggestions that will please any palate that has a chance to sip them. A few suggestions were sent for editorial consideration.
A good bubbly is hard to beat. I just received a sample of Piper-Heidsieck Rose Sauvage which confirms this point. Juicy and fresh with expressive fresh pomegranate and berry flavors with a touch of ruby red grapefruit, fresh anise and spice. Though this is one of the oldest Champagne houses in France, their Rose Sauvage is anything but traditional, and pairs beautifully with sweet berry or chocolate desserts as it will with roasted duck or raw Ahi tuna. $55; available throughout Dallas wine and spirits stores including Sigel’s, Pogo’s and Spec’s.
If your taste leans more towards a traditional bubbly, Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial is hard to beat. Very crisp and dry melding both citrus and floral notes with toasted brioche and a touch of creaminess. Lovely, lively and always consistently delicious. $45; available throughout Dallas wine and spirits stores including Pogo’s and Sigel’s. Continue reading "What To Drink Now: Wine To Impress"