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OPEN By Jodie Eisenhardt | @foodiehouston CANE ROSSO CUISINE: Neopolitan Pizza EXECUTIVE CHEF: Dino Santonicola 1835 N. Shepherd Dr. | 713.868.0071 | www.canerosso.com Mon–Thu 5–10pm; Fri–Sat 5–11pm (Lunch coming soon!) For the record, Neopolitan-style pizza is not NY-style “crispy” pizza. Cane Rosso’s beautifully simple/pillowy crust – made with imported 00 flour from Italy – cooks quickly in a specially built 900-degree woodburning oven. Crushed San Marzano tomatoes are a standard topping along with a sprinkling of toppings including dollops of fresh, made inhouse mozzarella cheese. Neopolitan-style pizza is typically eaten with a knife and fork. Got it? Set your expectations accordingly! A variety of menu options include daily specials featuring ingredients like spicy soppressata, smoked brisket (from Valentina’s Tex-Mex in Austin), fresh mozzarella and a spicy jalapeno pesto drizzle. Jerrier notes that there are spicy options available in Houston that Dallas doesn’t have Photography by Jeff Amador The pizza that has been all the rage in Dallas for the past five years has come to Houston. Owner Jay Jerrier visited Naples twenty years ago and was so impacted by the experience of true, Neopolitan pizza that it changed the trajectory of his life. The former corporate exec participated in certified training followed by a wood-burning oven on a trailer-based catering business prior to opening his first Cane Rosso in 2011. Interior (gotta love that). There are ample topping options for whatever you might be craving, including a fantastic Margherita. In addition, there are house-made pastas, sandwiches, salads and appetizers made with top-quality ingredients and Chef Dino’s family recipe for tiramisu, along with a full bar and plenty of specialty cocktail offerings. Bonus? Jerrier is very involved in dog rescue and founded his own group (Cane Rosso Rescue) so your pizza purchase helps save dogs from all over Texas. Talk about a win-win. BORGO FOOD STATION CUISINE: Italian-inspired Gourmet Takeout EXECUTIVE CHEF: Monica Fallone 3641 W. Alabama | 832.940.2126 | www.borgofoodstation.com Mon–Fri 7:30am–7pm; Sat 8am–6pm Photography by Borgo Italian chef Monica Fallone and her husband Luis are veterans of the European-style “gastro-market” concept, having opened successful operations in Venezuela and in Miami. Lucky for us, they chose Houston as their next outpost, providing just what busy Houstonians need: made from scratch, on-the-go cuisine, crafted from thoughtfully sourced ingredients, starting early each morning with breakfast pastries and Lavazza coffee drinks. Interior 20 L O C A L | july 16