A pizza chain with longtime Texas roots is busting a move on Tarrant County with a new restaurant opening in North Richland Hills and another coming soon to Fort Worth, in early 2017.
Mr. Gatti's Pizza is open at 8849 N. Tarrant Pkwy., with a worthy rendition of pizza and a game room boasting what they describe as "the world's largest Pac-Man game" with a 10-foot-tall screen. They bake pies in a rotary, copper-tiled, fire-deck oven, and there are three kinds of crust: original Napoli-style, sourdough, and new gluten-free.
Guests can build their own pizza or pasta creations by choosing from a variety of sauces and toppings. Those now include vegan cheese and meat alternatives.
Longtime fans will recognize entrees such as lasagna, the submarine, and chicken Parmesan. There are three salads and five appetizers, including the signature "ginormous meatballs."
Mr. Gatti's first opened in 1964 as the Pizza Place in Stephenville. The named changed after moving to Austin in 1969. There are now nearly 100 branches, with more in the works for 2017.
In the '80s, Mr. Gatti’s expanded the concept to include GattiTown, a 25,000-square-foot family entertainment center with a colossal midway-type game room. The North Richland Hills location is the third Mr. Gatti's to open in Dallas-Fort Worth since the chain debuted an updated prototype in July.