A picture says a thousand words and this picture taken by amazing photographer, Carissa Byers for Modern Luxury, told me to go get me some of that Dough. Dough Pizzeria Napoletana, the new pizzeria at Preston and Forest just by Little Gym and Emler Swim School is the perfect locale for families. Except my own. Pikelet & Lollo hate cheese which makes eating Italian cuisine slightly challenging.
The first Dough Pizzeria opened in San Antonio by husband and wife couple, Lori and Doug Horn (geddit? Doug H?) who studied artisan pizza making with Director of Verace Pizza Napoletana Americas (VPN), Peppe Miele. Doug was taught the process of making authentic Pizza Napoletana following the strict guidelines as set forth by the Italian government.
Dough Pizzeria Napoletana (San Antonio location) is to date, one of an elite 54 restaurants in the U.S. and #292 in the world to receive the prestigious certification from L’Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana for serving authentic Pizza Napoletana. The Dallas location is not certified (read Eats Blog back story) but the absence of a little piece of paper wasn’t going to deter the many Dallasites waiting 20-30 minutes for a table. (Thank goodness for Petland a few doors down, Beefcake was able to take the boys there to while away the time except Lollo now wants a baby turtle).
On a Friday evening it’s difficult to find a seat especially at the chef’s table which lends diners a front row view to pizza making action. The chefs roll, stretch and toss the springy dough to perfection and then dole out toppings like their homemade fior di latte (mozzarella made from cow’s milk) or mozzarella di bufala (mozzarella made from the milk of the water buffalo), fresh San Marzano tomatoes and basil leaves.
We ordered the Pork Love pizza which also included salami, sausage, pancetta & speck and the pizza special with figs, arugula and mushrooms. The staff were gracious enough to accomodate our request to put cheese on only half the pizza. It was fascinating to watch it go in for 90 seconds in the 900 degree F dome shaped wood burning oven and come out done. Fantastico!
Certified or not, the pizzas were delizioso. As per guidelines, they were approximately 11 inches in diameter, they came out crusty and yet elastic. Thin enough to let the ingredients shine and thick enough to hold it all together.
On a second occasion we ordered the antipasti which turned out to be another hit with the non cheese eaters. The various toppings of olives, cheeses, cured meats and roasted vegetables allowed everyone to pick and choose what to add to the accompanying flatbread.
For dessert, if you haven’t reached your carb count, get the Nutella panini. I think this picture says it all…
Whether we’re doing Thai, French or pizza, it is our belief that we can find something suitable for our children at practically every restaurant and our non-cheese eating children are glad to add Dough to the mix.
This post is dedicated to Carissa Byers, who is about to welcome an ittybittyfoodie to her family any day now! We can’t wait to meet Little Ms L when she arrives!
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Till our next Happy Meal
ITTY BITTY INFO:
- Food: Excellent Napoletana pizza
- Ambience: More like a casual bistro than a pizza joint – definitely a great ambiance whether you’re on a date night or family night out
- Service: Knowledgeable
- Kid Friendliness:
- Itty Bitty Foodies Tip: Shorter waits on weekdays
- Parent Foodies Tip: If the wait time is long, there’s Petland a few doors down to keep the kids occupied while one adult gets some down time at the waiting area (aka… the full bar!)