One of the newest restaurants in the bustling area off Park & Preston is just what the Plano foodies and families need. Spezzo provides fresh Italian food in a fast-casual bistro environment where you order at the counter, offering dishes made with locally sourced produce and mozzarella made in-house for fresh flavors all with minimal waiting. Their menu consists of reasonably priced pizza, pasta, sandwiches, salads, tailor-made meals, kids meals, full-bar, espresso and gelato. The gelato flavors rotate so taste them all to find your favorite. I recommend a scoop each of mocha and pistachio. Yum!
I love pizza. It’s one of my favorite things in life. I really enjoy thin-crust with minimal, fresh ingredients and Spezzo won me over with this one. Let me start with the crust and say it had the perfect combo of crunchy and chewy along with a beautifully golden color. A lot of places miss the mark here and I know it’s not only due to right mix of ingredients but also the oven and temperature. Whatever it is, it’s working here. Thumbs up Spezzo!
The toppings available will please meat lovers and vegetarians. Insider knowledge notes the owner, Rob Goldblatt, favors the No. 4 Farmer’s Daughter: zucchini, eggplant, mushroom and sweet peppers. (Can’t go wrong with that.) The No. 5 is apparently a popular order with the public so far. I had to try it to find out why. This was the perfect pie for me with spinach, roasted garlic, sausage and mushrooms. (I get it.) I also need to mention they don’t pile a ton of toppings and sauce. And I like that. It’s a light pizza, heavy on flavor.
Not in the pizza mood? Then you can choose a pasta dish or your own protein along with a sauce to create a tailor-made meal. Proteins range from Chicken Milanese, Zucchini Cakes, Pan Seared Salmon and Meatballs. I tasted the zucchini cakes with marsala porcini cream sauce with a Caesar side salad. A generous portion of 3 cakes were surprisingly good with a crunchy breading which paired wonderfully with the porcini cream sauce. I didn’t know what to expect, however, I really enjoyed them. I’ve tried to make a similar dish myself at home with dreams they’d turn out just like this, with no success. I’ll just come here when the next craving strikes.
Spezzo is open 7 days a week from 11am-10pm. Join them for happy hour M-F 3pm-6pm for $3 drafts and $4 wines. When you’re ordering at the counter, check out the Daily Specials board. They also provide a dining area for large groups that is separated with a giant curtain to provide privacy.
They are located on Park Blvd. just east of Preston. (next door to Chipotle)