INZO Italian Kitchen (fka Brix Pizza & Wine Bar) ~ Roanoke, Texas

Last visit: July 2017
Last update: December 28, 2017

A recent visit proved that INZO as good as ever. It appears they've expanded their Italian food menu quite a bit, indicating their customers are looking for more than pizza, and that their Italian is quite good. We have to try it. And they've extended their beer selection since we first reported on them.

This past summer while in Denver, Mrs. RJG had a craving - a craving for the kind of pizza you get in Italy, and really all throughout Europe. Fortunately artisan pizza places are starting to crop up all over in America, one of which is Campania Pizza in Southlake (RIP) So we visited a few places in the Denver area, and our favorite ended up being a small local chain called Proto's Pizza. (We specifically went to the Lafayette location for a nice drive - and a long way from our former townhome in southeast Denver). We by no means exhausted the area, and all of the restaurants in this category were satisfactory.

I wasn't quite sure where to go, as Campania is the only Neapolitan pizza place I'm aware of in NE Tarrant. There are other inventive pizza places like Coal Vines, which pays homage to the old New York styled coal oven places like Lombardi's. Cavalli's is receiving high praise over in Irving, close to Las Colinas. I was about to head over there, when my eye caught INZO. In fact, I had just been up in Roanoke to try Outlaw Burger, so why not head back and this time go to the main street and try it?

INZO has a fairly simple menu of appetizers, pizzas, salads, calzones and Italian pasta dishes. Obviously they double as a wine bar, though the Mrs. and I weren't in the mood and settled on a beer (they feature one Texas micro - Real Ale's Fireman #4, which is refreshingly becoming somewhat easy to find).

We were there for pizza, and on both visits we each tried a different one. I've had the Meat Lovers and a simple Margherita with Italian sausage added. Mrs. RJG tried the chicken and onions as well as one with Italian sausage, which I'm not finding on their internet menu. We also shared a garden salad, which is mixed greens with an excellent vinaigrette dressing. A small pizza is plenty for one, and the Mrs. had to take the last one home. For our money, we prefer the pizza here to Campania. The key is the crust, which has a wonderful flavor with the right amount of crisp to chewy ratio. I believe the sausage is homemade and is excellent as well. The only negative was the chicken pizza, and that was really our fault as we didn't realize it was a "white" pizza (no tomato sauce). And that's what we wanted. So our bad - the crust and the cheese were still cooked to perfection.

Prices are very reasonable for this kind of pizza, and the setting in downtown Roanoke is wonderful, including outdoor seating.

I believe due to legal reasons, they were forced to rename their restaurant away from Brix. For awhile it seemed that INZO was concerned that they've lost business due to the name change, so they put up banners stating that they are indeed the same as ever. That it was just a name change.

INZO Italian Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Comments

Les Kudla said…
My wife (who lived in Italy/Tuscany for over 10 years) and I went there today (04-19-2013) for the second time, and still not impressed. Name change did not improve anything. Menu offerings are kind of like cafeteria in Central Market in Southlake. The Genovese pizza (with no sauce)was kind of OK, lacked crispiness - a must in Neapolitan pizza. Price of $16 for a large pizza is not bad for the restaurant setting. Altogether on the scale of 5 I wold give them 3 - better than average :)
Our server Kalah gets a 5 rating.
RJG said…
Thanks Les for your honest feedback! Always glad to see a thought out opinion, even if we came to different conclusions. :-)

- RJG

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