With Noisy Pies and Moonshine, Stonedeck Pizza Fits Right in in Deep Ellum

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Pizza pizza
If you've driven down Elm Street in the past few months, you know it's a mess. There are as many potholes as there are pothole patches and just two blocks or driving can rattle the shocks off your car. But behind the rubble and concrete there are glimmers of hope about the future. You can envision the equivalent of the newly renovated Greenville Avenue, only drunker and louder and more covered in ink.

Stonedeck Pizza Pub hopes to be a part of Deep Ellum's future. The restaurant opened about a month ago with crisp, modern lines and massive windows. While much of the neighborhood's bars and restaurants are obscured in darkness, Stonedeck wants to let the light inside. It could almost be a scene from an Edward Hopper painting, if the counter were a little longer.

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The answer to the garlic knot.
Inside, a massive Frank Campagna mural actually does run the length of the restaurant. In keeping with Deep Ellum tradition, the artist was commissioned to light up an entire wall with scenes from the neighborhood. The rest of the walls are painted in neutral grays and random nicknacks like pizza peels hang here and there, but the space is far from cluttered. It feels clean.

The decor is in strong contrast to the 'za, which boasts noisy flavor combinations. There's an Asian pizza with a sweet sauce, carrot daikon and cilantro. There's a barbecue chicken pizza and a Hawaiian pizza with ham and big chunks of pineapple. If you're more of a minimalist there are endless build your own options, too. I went for sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms and olives. I should have gotten some red onion too.

The crust here has a pronounced crispness, and it's thick, but not as thick as the Sicilian slices you'll get at a New York pizzeria, or at Zoli's in Oak Cliff. It's also more tender than the crackery crusted pies served at many bars around town. The pizza sauce is sweet, and the cheese is thick and tastes like the commodity dairy you'd expect at a pizza pub.

One thing you likely wouldn't expect, though, is moonshine, which is offered in flights for tasting. I neglected to try any (my moonshine sippin' days ended more than 15 years ago), so I can't offer your much advice here, but if you feel like searing off your tastebuds and getting blind drunk before a show at Trees, this is likely a good way to go. Or you could just drink the night away here as the owners surely hope. Out back you'll find a sizable patio with super-Jenga and cornhole.

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Because it shouldn't all be about melted, bubbling cheese.

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Work off your slices with a game of cornhole.


Location Info

Stonedeck Pizza Pub

2613 Elm St, Dallas, TX

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7 comments
p_mallett
p_mallett

Ug why does every pizza/Italian place in this area think the tomato sauce needs to be sweet?  It should not be sweet at all.  

LuvDatPie
LuvDatPie

I've been here three times and have had prompt service every time.  The pie is delicious - perfect crust and ingredients fresher than any I've ever had on pizza. The hummus is great too, especially when washed down with infused moonshine.  The atmosphere is comfortable - wish I lived closer to avoid the sometimes problematic parking in DE. 

NeilDogWhisperer
NeilDogWhisperer

Came by this place on a Friday night a few weeks back with a small group and after waiting for 20 minutes with menus in hand to get any service at all, we decided to forgo this experiment and sneak out the back gate to grab food at one of the other nearby establishments. Was surprising that we couldnt place any orders (drinks or food) given that the restaurant was fairly dead (the photo of the back porch could have been taken by us that night). In all honesty, nothing on the menu looked overly appealing so I'm hoping our instincts were wrong and this place can get it together.

MattL11
MattL11

Are you kidding me?! Now there's another pizza place I have to try? Okay, twist my arm...


How's the beer selection?  

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@MattL11 I never thought I'd get to say "the usual local subject flow freely here." It's a small selection (six I think?) but expect Peticolas, Lakewood, Revolver and more.

MattL11
MattL11

@scott.reitz @MattL11 Thanks. Seems like in a lot of neighborhoods a bar can't get by anymore without serving a few of the better local offerings. You'll hear no complaints from me. 

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