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Jay Jerrier To Open Pizza Place for ‘People Who Hate Cane Rosso’

Photo by Joshua Martin

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.

36 comments on “Jay Jerrier To Open Pizza Place for ‘People Who Hate Cane Rosso’

  1. Please please let this be true for Oak Cliff! I think you would find great support from the neighborhood.

  2. I’m not going unless they offer canadian bacon and pineapple, the true ingredients of a great pie.

  3. Oh my GOD, this would be awesome – we could walk there from our house in 5 minutes! I actually love Cane Rosso, so anything Mr. Jerrier offers up, I’d be more than willing to try. YUM!

  4. Jay, the Facebook link still appears to be broken. Also, you better change the security questions on any website requiring the name of your favorite pet; the secret’s out now. We welcome you to Oak Cliff.

  5. Phew. I got scared for a moment. I happen to be a Cane Rosso lover.

    As a pizza fan in general, however, I’ll take a another pie joint, too.

  6. This is all super premature – we do not have a lease signed in any part of town. We are close – but it’s not done til it’s done. We may still just be looking around for space.

  7. Need more pizza options in Oak Cliff. Preferably ones that you can get in and out of without waging a battle for a parking spot. Yah, don’t want to carry my pizza home on my bike, thanks. Maybe even ones that can manage delivery too!!

  8. 10 bucks says the Oak Cliff spot is 828 West Davis, where the pop up bar was a couple years back.

  9. Since there aren’t any good ones, yeah, we do. Eno’s is barely pizza. It’s a cracker with some stuff on it. OC Pizza closed, and was terrible anyway. Nova isn’t a pizza place. It’s a place that serves a couple of kinds of pizza… big difference. So yeah, this place will KILL IT in OC

  10. Midway Hollow lost its good pizza place three years ago. I think he should come look at some midway/Webb chapel Marsh/northwest highway locations, too.

  11. Domino’s, Pizza Patron, CiCi’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Fox’s Pizza Den, Papa John’s Pizza, Home Run Pizza, Peter Piper Pizza…..let’s add some that I missed. JB. I will agree they may not be to your taste, but something OTHER THAN pizza, taco stands, chicken places, fast food Chinese and Fried Rice, Mexican food restaurants and burgers would really be nice. I know we have some really nice eating places in Bishop Arts, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a nice steak or fish place or a Soup R Salad? I’m sure we’ll eventually get there but another pizza place just doesn’t do it for me.

  12. Commercial real estate guys…we’re all ears. We’re not hard to find. Bring us good deals…but we’re super frugal.

  13. If this guy could make pizza half as well as he promotes himself, he could buy and sell Mark Cuban

  14. There wouldn’t be over twenty posts above from people pleading with Jay to open a Cane Rosso near them if he didn’t make great pizza!

  15. That would make it too close to Cane Rosso in Deep Ellum. Lakewood would be better. But even in Lakewood, Jay might find he’s competing with himself.

  16. Anything you can bring to East Dallas or Deep Ellm you can almost count on Lakewood to support.

  17. I want all the pizzas! And though I’d prefer an East Dallas location, we’ll definitely drive to the OC for good food :)

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  19. Domino’s, Pizza Patron, CiCi’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Fox’s Pizza Den, Papa John’s Pizza, Home Run Pizza, Peter Piper Pizza. “pizza place[s]”…

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  23. mr jerrier my name is ElwynWomble with Bccontractors i would like the oppurtinity to bid your next restaurante, If you look at are web site you can see we are well qulified for the job and the best priced in todays market. 214-448-3400.