Cavalli's Prosciutto Panini is Certifiably Worth the Trip

Categories: 'Wich Trials

Each week, Justin Bitner goes hunting for DFW's most interesting sandwiches. Have a sandwich suggestion? Leave it in the comments and he'll check it out.

Venue: Cavalli

Sandwich: Prosciutto Panini

Bread: Pizza dough

Toppings: Prosciutto, basil, tomatoes, "fresh" mozzarella, olive oil

The Case: 'Wich Trials goes stripping once again this week, this time hitting a linear congregation of shops out in Irving. A devoted reader of the blog, Claire Peters, took to the mean streets of Facebook to recommend noted pizza joint Cavalli. The place is known for being a Verace Pizza Napoletana Association (VPN) certified pie maker, which I was assured of when I walked in the door and saw the masked clown testing the laws of gravity at the foothills of Vesuvius.

I approached the cashier and placed my order, asking the cashier if they made their "fresh" mozzarella in-house. "Do we make the mozzarella?" she replied, as if the mild cheese is some naturally occurring element, like diamonds or cadmium, which couldn't possibly be fabricated with human hands.

With my hard-hitting interrogation coming up empty, I took my number and snagged a chair. It wasn't long until I was greeted with an enormous pile of meat, cheese and tomato with two beautifully charred sheets of pizza dough holding it all together. The sandwich was accompanied by a small salad with creamy balsamic dressing, which I quickly dispensed of before moving on to the crux of the dish.

The first bite of the sandwich was a little tough; I'd forgotten that cooked pizza dough has a little bit more pull than the typical baked bookend. I moved through the initial taste and onto what was an incredibly satisfying sandwich. The equi-thick layers of prosciutto, mozzarella and tomato allowed each flavor to take a turn at commanding the palate. The few leaves of basil and light coat of olive oil added the perfect accents to cut through the delicate cheese and crimson fruit. The pizza dough, stringently prepared and fired, brought an excellent woody flavor while also resisting the tomato's attempts to make it soggy.

The Verdict: Leave your questions at the door and check out the Prosciutto Panini.

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Location Info

Cavalli Pizza

3601 Regent Blvd., Irving, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Cavalli's rocks, BEST Panini, BEST PIZZA, and great service! They are the hidden secret of DFW, they were the first and are the BEST Neapolitan Pizza place around!


If you like that, check out the Breakfast Pannini at Il Cane Rosso, but you'll have to get it on Saturday because that's the only day they serve brunch.

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

That sandwich looks full-release-massage good.

I've been trying to go there, but every time I'm out in Irving, the restaurant's been closed.


That is a fine looking sandwich.  Good work, Justin.  And thank you Foodbitch for the parmesan chicken suggestion.


I can also personally recommend their chicken parm sandwich. It's intensely good and big enough to stretch into two meals if you're cheap. 


Thank you Justin, we love the article! 


Great place, great food and people and service is wonderful. Never disappoints. Deliciosa!


Love that place and we are never disappointed! Deliciosa! Wonderful people and service as well.


Actually, both ICR locations serve brunch on Saturday *and* Sunday. Deep Ellum closes on Sunday at 3, but White Rock is open until 9 on Sundays.

Cavalli Pizza
Cavalli Pizza

We are open in Irving: Mon-Fri 11am-3pm & 5pm-9pm Sat & Sun 5-9pmMcKinney is open: Mon-Thurs 11:30am-3pm & 5-9pm Fri & Sat. 11:30-3pm& 5-10pm and Sunday 5-9pm.


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Kergo 1 Spaceship

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Fooddick, i personally like to dredge trout lightly in Lamb's cornmeal and saute in butter.  You can go filleted (especially for the larger trout) or butterflied.  Works for both the freshwater browns and the barrier island speckleds.  I personally prefer the speckled.

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Kergo 1 Spaceship

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Fred in Frisco
Fred in Frisco

Thank you FOODDICK! And DO, and the advertisers thank you. When did you become a staff writer?

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