Eats Beat: A new fast-service pizza counter goes for the snob appeal

Posted 7:38am on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014

Pizza Snobis off to a busy start.

And partner/manager Blake DeMent says the startup pizza company’s menu is about to get better.

A new gluten-free crust will premiere next week with a flavor close to Pizza Snob’s original light, airy crust, DeMent said. Breakfast pizzas and other new toppings are also in the plans for the first-of-its-kind casual pizza counter on South University Drive.

If you haven’t tried Pizza Snob yet, everybody has a different description. Basically, it’s like fast-service Pie Five Pizza but with artisan toppings and a crust no heavier than, say, pita bread.

DeMent said he and creator Jim Wisniewski were trying to come up with a fast-service pizza but wanted a better crust.

“I call this ‘golden buttery,’ ” he said. The effect is a lighter-than-air pizza, but with toppings like candied jalapeños or Peppadews.

The plum tomato sauce or alfredo sauce is lightly applied. Everything about the Snob pizza is much lighter than a typical individual pizza.

The Snob also has a signature kale salad, Maine Root sodas and specialty teas. Pizzas and salads cost less than $10.

It’s open 10:30 a.m-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 10:30-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 3051 S. University Drive, 817-462-7662 or 817-887-9699;

• The big pizza opening is just around the corner.

But even after Cane Rosso’s near southside Fort Worth pizzeria opens, the restaurant will continue to serve pizzas Thursdays and Fridays in February at the west side Times Ten Cellars winery.

Times Ten’s relationship with Cane Rosso goes back to the original wine shop in Lakewood. The pizzeria sends a truck to the Fort Worth winery with a menu of about 10 pizzas plus the pizza-sized salads.

When Cane Rosso opens, it will feature a special Fort Worth pie called “Gipsy Danger,” a reference to Pacific Rim. It’s a “white pie” with roasted jalapeños, mushrooms and spicy marmalade.

Cane Rosso will open by month’s end at 815 W. Magnolia Ave.; or

Times Ten Cellars is open daily except Mondays at 1100 Foch St., 817-336-9463,

• Before “farm-to-table” became a cliche, Arlington had Potager Cafe.

Potager isn’t just farm-to-table — it’s garden-to-table. Some of the greens are grown in a side garden.

Potager celebrates five years with a party all day Saturday, serving diners’ requests and favorites from Cynthia Chippendale’s best menus.

Potager is a downtown Arlington favorite at 315 S. Mesquite St.; 817-861-2292,

• Best places to dine for the Stock Show parade Saturday: Del Frisco’s Grille, Grace, Six10 Grille at the Ashton, Little Red Wasp (opens 10 a.m.) and Reata.

Usually only a dinner restaurant, Grace will open its patio and serve drinks and breakfast snacks; 817-877-3388,

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