(Credit: Jeff Amador)

A Dallas import I can get behind has made its way to Austin. Cane Rosso (“red dog” in Italian) opened this week at 4715 S. Lamar Blvd. (really the U.S. 290 feeder road) in the space that was briefly home to St. Philip Pizza Parlor and Bake Shop.

The restaurant serves Neapolitan pizzas, along with fire-roasted side dishes and a roster of pastas and salads. Owner Jay Jerrier opened the original location in Dallas in 2011 and expanded around the Metroplex and into the Houston market before opening in Sunset Valley.

The pizzas at Cane Rosso are made with imported “00” Italian flour, hand-crushed San Marzano tomatoes and hand-pulled mozzarella. In addition to the pies available on the Dallas menu, such as the eponymous Cane Rosso (sausage, wood-roasted onions and peppers, mozzarella and parmesan) and a vegetable pie with mushrooms, artichokes, roasted grape tomatoes, caramelized onions, olives, tomatoes, mozarella, basil, rapini, and sea salt, the Austin location will also serve the Elena, a barbecue pizza made with brisket from Valentina’s Tex-Mex, mozzarella, hot soppressata, pepperoni, goat cheese and roasted jalapeno pesto.

With two wood-burning ovens, Cane Rosso will also have the capacity to make a three-foot long pizza called Pizza Metro, made for group dining. Cane Rosso will serve local beer, as well as two draft cocktails, and the restaurant, named after Jerrier’s first vizsla, will offer a large dog-friendly patio and host events benefitting dog-related non-profit organizations.

Can Rosso will initially open at 5 p.m. for dinner Monday-Saturday and expand to lunch hours and Sunday service in the coming weeks.

Related: Dining in Big D ]]