Authentic deep-dish pizza from Chicago is coming to Fort Worth
An authentic Chicago-style pizza name is coming to Fort Worth: Rosati's Pizza, a chain based in Illinois that's been doing Chicago-style pizza since 1964, is opening a location at 5152 Golden Triangle. It's going into a new little center at the intersection of Park Vista Boulevard, and is anticipated to open in mid-2022.
Rosati's has a long history that dates back to New York in the 1890's, where Sam Rosati had an Italian restaurant. According to the company's website, the family moved to Chicago and began opening Italian restaurants. They opened the first Rosati's Pizza in a suburb of Chicago in 1964. By 1978, 10 Rosati family members owned Rosati's Pizza locations, and they began franchising in 1979.
There are currently four locations in Texas including two in North Texas: Flower Mound and McKinney.
Their signature deep-dish is pan-cooked, with a buttery crust that's topped with chunky tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese from Wisconsin, then baked for 40 minutes. It's available in two sizes: 10-inch and 14-inch.
They've diversified their pizza crust options, adding a thin crust, gluten-free crust, and "double dough," comparable to your generic pizza.
Toppings are pretty classic: Italian sausage, pepperoni, mushroom, green pepper, and so on.
They also have pastas such as lasagna and fettucine alfredo; salads including Caesar and antipasto; and sandwiches such as a meatball sub and an Italian beef with mozzarella on French bread. Some locations also offer ribs and fried chicken.
There are wings and fun appetizers such as fried ravioli, fried mushrooms, and garlic bread.
This should be a comfort to those still mourning the closure of Uno, Fort Worth's longtime Chicago-style pizzeria which closed in 2020 after 28 years.
Opening the Rosati's in Fort Worth is Tina Barrionuevo, who has a corporate background in inventory management. She says she's still waiting on permitting to begin construction.
Barrionuevo brings a special asset to the table: She moved here from Chicago eight years ago.
"We're from Chicago, so I have familiarity with Rosati's and exactly how the pizza should be," she says.