Dough Pizzeria Napoletana, originally from San Antonio, has added a Plano location for us pizza lovers in North Texas. Located off Parker and the Tollway, the cozy, European-style pizzeria offers authentic Italian food and drinks sure to please your taste buds. The entire concepts surrounds a Naples, Italy theme — from the pizza oven to the Southern Italian menu, including all wines from Italy.

We stopped by for an unforgettable meal and had a chance to meet the chefs and owners. (Hey, even Guy Fieri and the crew of “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” likes this place!)

Take a look from our visit!

 

 

Appetizers galore

 

First we sampled the meatball platter, which comes with three large meatballs surrounded by marinara sauce, in addition to several pieces of crunchy bread. It’s flavorful in every bite!

 

I love ordering a salad before a carb-heavy meal… maybe it makes me feel less guilty from the meal overall. (Ha!) Here we have teardrop cherry tomatos with a cheese-flavored cracker and thick and soft croutons. As you can see, every dish has parmesean cheese sprinkled on top, and we’re okay with that.

 

This other salad to try has crunchy walnuts, pomegranate and sweet pear slices. It’s light,  delectable and whets your appetite for more flavors to come next!

 

 

Bottoms up

Dough Pizzeria offers a full bar including wines from Italy and creative handcrafted drinks. Here are some of my cocktail recommendations:

Gallardo (a pink drink with bubbles!) — St. Germain Elderflower Liquor, Prosecco, Fresh berries

Italian in Manhattan (a take on a classic drink) — Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey, Cynar, Angostura Bitters, Lemon

Italian Margarita (as fun as it sounds!) — Amaretto, Tequila, Gran Gala, Lemon & Lime Juice

Photo from Dough Pizzeria

 

Here comes the pizza!

Fun Fact: The owners of the restaurant are proud members of the APN (Association of Neapolitan Pizzaioli), the elite Italian governing body that teaches the 150 year + old art of Neapolitan pizza making and certifies adherence to authentic procedures.

We had a behind-the-scenes look at how the pizza is made in the kitchen!

 

 

ARUGULA & PROSCIUTTO DI SAN DANIELE: Housemade mozzarella, truffle oil. Those who love prosciutto are in for a great pizza here. The savory bites are followed by a light Parmesan flavor. ($18.95)

 

HOUSE MADE ITALIAN SAUSAGE: Baby bell peppers, seedless red grapes, rosemary balsamic reduction. If you’re the type that wants a spicy kick to your meal, then this pizza is for you. It’s loaded with Italian spicy sausage and housemade mozzarella. ($9.95)

 

SIGNATURE “RICHARD’S CAPRESE: House pulled mozzarella, Bluebonnet Farms basil, semi-dried tomatoes. It’s a classic pizza, and perfect for those who want something simple and tasty. ($12.95)

Currently on the menu are several fall-inspired pizzas including local honey, roasted veggies and more. Click here to take a look.

 

And then there’s dessert.

I suggest you leave some room for dessert while coming here….or at least share a plate with your guest. The dessert is here is beyond amazing. My favorite was the Tiramus (pictured center below) for its creamy and light coffee flavors. Don’t forget a cup of coffee or tea to go with your final course.

 

 

Dough Pizzeria is located at 5960 West Parker Rd., Plano, TX 75093. For more information including hours and updates on the menu, visit their website.

 

(Disclaimer: My menu sampling was complimentary, and all opinions are my own.)