You've been patient, fans of the Grandma pizza from Zoli's.
The New York-style pizza joint broke hearts by closing on Valentine's Day 2016 in Oak Cliff, destined for "another part of town," owner Jay Jerrier said back then. It's finally back, a year and a half later, at new digs in Addison. Zoli's Nov. 3 return marks one of the most anticipated restaurant openings in 2017.
The lunch and dinner spot will serve pizza, mostly, but the new Zoli's has a bigger menu and is a sit-down restaurant, not an order-at-the-counter spot. Menu items besides pizza include nuggz (fried mozzarella with marinara for dipping); zeppole (fried doughnuts tossed in cinnamon-sugar); and pasta dishes such as carbonara. See the menu below. If you're hard to please, you can build your own pizza instead of ordering one of the suggested varieties.
But let's talk about the other draw to Zoli's: its pop-culture kitsch. Just as neon signs were starting to pop up around Dallas, begging millennials to snap a photo for Instagram, Zoli's was poking at detractors on social media and posting funny slogans on its marquee outside the original restaurant. Zoli's is the cool kid. He knows it, too.
That's probably why Zoli's has a new neon sign: "Y U No Eat Gluten?" If you suffer from celiac disease, yep, Zoli's is baiting you.
Also look out for a piece of art spoofing "The Last Supper," with Star Wars characters sitting at the table.
Owner Jerrier and chef Lee Hunzinger both grew up in the northeast, so Zoli's is their homage to home. Zoli's is a sibling restaurant to Cane Rosso, an Italian-style pizzeria that has spread like wild in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Here's what you really want to know: Will the new Zoli's sell the Meat Wreath at Christmastime? The answer is yes. More details to come.
Zoli's opens Nov. 3, 2017 at 14910 Midway Road in the Addison area.