This pizza with a sunny-side-up egg in the middle is a staff favorite at Vivo 53 in Fort Worth.

This pizza with a sunny-side-up egg in the middle is a staff favorite at Vivo 53 in Fort Worth.

Courtesy of Vivo 53

Pizza places are piling on the pizzazz lately. Even Domino’s has rolled out an “artisan” menu. That’s saying something.

On Tuesday, Vivo 53 opened its doors in downtown Fort Worth. They’re serious about crust: Three master bakers took four years and 53 attempts to achieve their idea of perfect crust. That’s where the name comes from.

Founder and CEO Paul Daneshrad said Vivo’s pies are not like American pizza. “It’s Italian Tuscan style, but with a very unique and robust dough,” he said. They use imported ingredients like burrata, prosciutto and salumi.

All pastas, except for the lasagna, can be made with gluten-free noodles.

A staff favorite is the pizza with an egg baked right in the center. It's called the "egg, bacon, Yukon gold potato, and Bermuda onions pizza." (Hopefully, they have a nickname for it back in the kitchen.)

Vivo 53 also sells pastas, appetizers, salads, and desserts. Believe it or not, the chopped salads are a big deal to Daneshrad. In fact, if he could only eat one more meal in this life, he'd start with the signature chopped salad. Then he'd do the spicy sausage and pepper pizza and the rigatoni mozzarella and San Marzano tomato pasta.

"I would finish with our fresh berries and cream."

We'll have what he's having.

All pastas, except for the lasagna, can be made with gluten-free noodles.

Update: Vivo 53 is now doing happy hour. Theyrocking it every day from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close with half off appetizers and small plates, $7 select pizzas, $3 American beers, $4 select glasses of wine and $3 wells.

Other locations may be coming to your neighborhood, too. A second location is being opened in Bellevue, Washington.

525 Taylor St., Fort Worth. 855-202-1370. www.vivo53.com.

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