Game On: Eating and Playing at Brackets

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Brackets' pizza isn't bad, but it's not what we expect from Il Cane Rosso.
Each week, Happy Eating highlights a different restaurant happy hour food menu, letting you know what deals are out there.

This week, we try out the Il Cane Rosso pizza while tuning up our ping-pong game at Brackets.

Where: Brackets, 5330 East Mockingbird Lane No. 100
When: 5-7 p.m. Monday-Friday
The Scene: Think St. Elmo's Fire updated for 2011. Monday-Wednesdays sees a more corporate crowd. Thursdays and Fridays get a bit more raucous, especially if there's a big game on one of the many televisions. Happy hour is throughout the whole restaurant, not just the bar. As long as you're ordering food and drinks, there's free ping-pong, pool and backgammon. First come, first serve.
The Deal: Half off all pizzas and calzones. There are 14 pizzas on the menu, including marinara, Margherita, sopressata and vegetarian.

The Steals: The most expensive pizzas, like the Clam pizza, are normally $15. So, $7.50 for a whole pizza isn't too shabby compared to that.
The Con: OK, so they say these are Il Cane Rosso pizzas, but these, my friend, are not Il Cane Rosso pizzas. We've had Il Cane Rosso pizzas, and these pale in comparison. The crust is thicker than we expected, and the toppings are sparse.
Eat: Sausage and mushroom pizza, made with Jimmy's sausage. Mmm...Jimmy's sausage.
Lushworthy: Drink specials start at noon. Nice.
The bottom line: Friends, games and cheap pizza -- as long as you're not expecting the real Il Cane Rosso experience, it's worth the good time.

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Cane Rosso helped Brackets get open and trained their staff on the basics of dough making and shaping, pizza prep, and the care, use and maintenance of their wood-burining oven. Based on feedback from their customers who wanted a "crispier" crust with more cheese and toppings, the decision was made to adapt the pizza style to their customers' preference while still taking advantage of the benefits of the wood-burning oven. The result is a "Brackets-style" pizza that uses the techniques we taught their team and the toppings/crust style preferred by their customers. We enjoyed our time at Brackets and wish them the best of luck!

We are focusing our efforts on getting our space in Deep Ellum open...which should allegedly be right before the SuperBowl. In Deep Ellum you will get hyper-authentic Neapolitan pizza in (what I hope is) a cool environment. Both our oven and dough mixer are from Naples and my team is getting some refresher training so we're on our game. We're also working on some cool finishing touches for the space too. I post a ton of updates and construction pics on our facebook page:

So "like" it and keep up to date. Any questions, comments, or snide remarks - send me a note on FB, twitter, or email - I try to answer all of them.


Jay, you are THE uber, hyper-authentic pizza guy in Dallas.


Oh my, that's supposed to be Il Cane Rosso pizza? Jay might want to watch what he attaches his name to. Hopefully the Deep Ellum place is the real thing.

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