May 03, 2016 01:58PM
● By Dia
Gourmet pizza. Craft beer. Live music. That’s Taverna Rossa Craft Pizza & Beer in a nutshell. The Tex-Italian watering hole new to Park Village brings plenty of hometown flavors and handmade deliciousness to Southlake. The menu is built on a foundation of stone-fired, thin-crust pizzas, but there are plenty of other worthy options such as salads, small plates, sandwiches and pastas. And you can bet these items are hand-crafted, hand-torn, local, seasonal—you know, all those culinary terms that are having a moment right now.
Case in point: the Smokey Pie. It’s made with sweet Texas barbecue sauce, local smoked brisket, local bacon and house-blended cheese. Or consider the Killer TX Sausage Queso. Ladled into a cup or bowl, this spicy dip is made with ingredients such as local Texas sausage and house-pickled jalapeño. Notice a common theme here? The food is appealing for a reason: It’s authentically Texan.
Taverna Rossa isn’t just spinning pies and serving dishes with a Texas twist; it provides the whole package of great food and drinks in a fun atmosphere. It’s open for brunch, lunch and dinner, and offers a few different happy hours. Stop by Friday and Saturday starting at 9 p.m. for its Late Night “Hoppy” Hour (we see what they did there), and enjoy live music from local bands. Genres range from rock and country to grassroots-style music.
Now about those drinks. The restaurant offers a dizzying array of beer, wine and cocktails. There are two dozen craft brews on tap plus a sizeable selection of bottles and cans. The beer may get all the buzz, but don’t pass up Taverna Rossa’s hand-crafted cocktails. The Rossa Mule is a refreshing concoction of fruit-infused bourbon, ginger beer and fresh lime. And the Lemon Basil Crush, made with infused Deep Eddy vodka, muddled basil, yellow chartreuse and grapefruit, is basically summertime in a glass.
While it’s certainly a lively scene with beer, booze and bands, Taverna Rossa is also a hot spot for brunch. They don’t call it “Sunday Funday” for nothing. Every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m, brunchers can enjoy sweet and savory 13-inch breakfast pies. Mama’s French Toast Pie is luscious sustenance topped with fresh berries, goat cheese, local honey, almonds and cinnamon. There are also a handful of what the restaurant calls “Hangover Specials,” which include menu items like biscuits and gravy and street tacos.
Bottom line: If you love pizza and ice-cold beer, give Taverna Rossa a shot. It promises it’s here “to take this tried-and-true pair to the next level.” We think it’s hitting the mark—and doing a whole lot more.