Wandering Outside the Bubble: Eat pizza made in an authentic Italian forno in Irving

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Jamie Kuntz, A&E Editor

 

Cavalli Pizzeria serves up a taste of real Italy right here in Irving.  –Photo courtesy of Local Eats
Cavalli Pizzeria serves up a taste of real Italy right here in Irving.
–Photo courtesy of Local Eats

At least once a week, I get the privilege to eat scrumptious pizza for dinner – and no, it’s not from the cafeteria.

Why? My roommate Caitlyn Cox works at Cavalli Pizza, a small, family-owned pizzeria in Los Colinas. Every Monday, Wednesday and Sunday evening, Caitlyn brings an amazing pizza home from work.

After having tried several of these pizzas, I decided that I should go out for the full Cavalli experience.

The restaurant is off of Highway 114 and North Belt Line Road, about fifteen minutes from campus, and is definitely worth the short drive.

Better than any normal pizza joint, Cavalli specializes in wood-fired pizza. Although the pizza may taste like it’s come straight out of Italy, it’s actually prepared and fired right behind the counter by Serge, the store manager.

The pizzas he makes may be so delectable because the flour for the dough is from the Caputo Mill in Italy, a mill run by the Cavalli family.

Or it could be because the sauce is made of fresh San Marzano tomatoes.

Or it could be because of the restaurant’s authentic forno oven, capable of reaching up to 900 degrees in order to cook a pizza in only a few minutes.

All of these factors together produce some of the best pizzas in the Dallas area. You can either order a specialty pizza, such as the “Diavola” or the “Texas Heat,” or you can have a pizza made to order.

If you don’t feel like pizza, Cavalli also serves salads, soups and fire-baked sandwiches. Although its personal-sized pizzas and various other appetizing entrees are a little on the pricey side, ranging from $7 to $8 each, the meals are worth every penny spent.

When I went, I ordered a pizza Caitlyn had not brought home yet – the “Dallas,” made with fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce, homemade sausage, pepperoni, meatballs and oregano.

It cost $12, but it tasted just as Marshall from “How I Met Your Mother” described a famous Gonzolo’s pizza – simply amazing.

All of the staff members I talked to were extremely kind and friendly, especially the manager, who cracked jokes as he tossed the dough for his next order. This attitude,as well as the small size of the restaurant, contributes to a warm, family-oriented atmosphere.

However, because of the limited space, this restaurant is BYOB. So if you’re over the age of 21 and planning to share great Italian pizza and a nice glass of wine with a loved one, make sure you bring the wine.

All in all, Cavalli Pizza is a great restaurant for authentic Italian pizza and other specialties. If you have a little money to spend and want to get out of the UD Bubble for a bite to eat with a special someone or a few good friends, Cavalli is the place to go.

Cavalli is open 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. on

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