Saturday, March 10, 2012
INZO Italian Kitchen (fka Brix Pizza & Wine Bar) ~ Roanoke, Texas
February 2013 update: Seems that INZO is concerned that they've lost business due to the name change, so they're now putting up banners stating that they are indeed the same as ever. It was just a name change. Mrs. RJG now claims INZO as her favorite pizza in DFW. I have them second behind Grimaldi's. Also worth mentioning that I call out Cavalli's below. We hadn't been at the time, but have been since, and it's been covered in this blog.
November 2012 update: Brix changed their name to INZO Italian Kitchen. Apparently there were other establishments with that name, and they wanted a more distinctive brand.
I intended on posting about Brix almost a month ago. We had gone on a Sunday, and I fully expected to be able to get a post up by Monday. At that time, I had completely caught up, and was excited about visiting new restaurants. Then a multitude of events conspired against me. Mainly all work related, and whatever spare time I had, completely dissipated. Weekends were spent catching up on more important tasks that I could normally take on during the week. But there's been a break in the clouds, and perhaps we can get back to where we were with some sort of regular posting routine. And with that, we actually had a chance to revisit Brix earlier this month.
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. 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 Brix. 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?
Brix 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.