Mister O1: Italian pizza takes (a new shape) in Texas
This peculiarly named pizzeria — spelled with a capital letter “O” and not a zero — specializes in thin-crust pies and comes from chef Renato Viola, a well-regarded Italian pizza-maker who immigrated to the United States with an O-1 visa reserved for individuals who possess “extraordinary ability or achievement.” The distinctive star-cornered pizzas and Nutella-and-banana calzones Viola serves at his Miami flagship Mister O1 convinced Southlake resident John LaBarge and his business partners to open franchise locations throughout Texas. Recent standouts on the Dallas menu include an oddly craveable pizza topped with mozzarella and Gorgonzola cheeses, Calabrian salami, honey and a dusting of espresso powder; and the Star Luca, a 13-inch mozzarella-and-salami pizza with ricotta-filled crust points. LaBarge, a former Corner Bakery executive, says a Grapevine location is in the works with a target opening date in February.
3838 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, 214-432-4434, mistero1.com/dallas
Meet and greet a superstar chef at Eataly
Spend some up-close time with Lidia Bastianich, an Emmy-award winning Italian chef, who’ll be hosting a lunch and cooking demos at Eataly Dallas on Dec. 3. She’ll be sharing cooking secrets while featuring three of her favorite recipes from her latest book, Lidia’s A Pot, A Pan, and A Bowl. Along with a prix fixe, three-course meal with wine pairings ($150), guests receive a personal copy of her cookbook. Or meet her for free at her book signing from 2:30 to 4:30 in the store’s main-floor Market.
Eataly at NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, 469-759-2800, eataly.com/dallas
Snowbird Cocktail Lounge & Kitchen brings a late-night option to The Star
This new art deco-inspired cocktail lounge at The Star in Frisco offers compelling late-night reasons to hang around long after the on-field action (or special event) at Ford Center has concluded. Created by the team behind Dallas’ The Tipsy Alchemist and Barcadia, Snowbird features creative cocktails (constructed with handmade syrups and natural ingredients) and a broadly appealing menu of small bites, hefty steaks and shareable plates.
6765 Winning Drive, Frisco, 469-598-0369, snowbirdlounge.com