Brunch at Cane Rosso: bigger than Texas

Cane Rosso [pronounced kahn-A row-so]

What: Pizza & brunch on Saturdays

Where: Deep Ellum

After hearing so much about this hyped up little Deep Ellum Neapolitan pizzeria and especially after seeing it on the D Magazine’s recent list of best egg-tastic brunches in Dallas, I wanted to see if it lived up to its name. (p.s. Malai as one of the best brunches? Hmm…we’ll have to see about that)

We parked in the lot across the street where several cars including BMW’s were booted on multiple wheels (why?) and I fed the parking meter and hoped my car would be there when I got back.

I walked in to meet some friends who were seated towards the very back and a dimly lit section of the restaurant.

The dimness was sort of off-putting for a normally bright and cheery time of the weekend: brunch on a Saturday. The lighting was especially horrendous for a food blogger needing to photograph her food (oh well).

I ordered their breakfast panini stuffed with eggs, prosciutto, fontina, tomatoes, arugula, chili aioli all on wood-fired bread with a side of crispy pancetta and breakfast potatoes.

This “sandwich” was bigger than my face. I don’t know if you can tell from this photo, but it was HUGE. I could only finish half of one of those pieces and I was really hungry. Besides the size, it was an awesome sandwich. The bread was crispy on the outside and nice and dough on the inside which really paired well with the egg texture combined with the flavoring of the prosciutto on the inside. The breakfast potatoes were boring and bland. Kind of soggy too.

Speaking of large and in charge, take a gander at my friend Lisa’s “starter salad”:

Their very basic starter Mista salad with mixed greens, balsamic, tomatoes & parmesan, this family sized salad came in at $8, so I guess I shouldn’t be complaining about the large sizes of these plates. But there’s something offensive about getting a massive joke of a plate set in front of you when you only wanted a side/starter salad or just a breakfast panini. You almost feel like the joke is on you and the waitress could have at least warned you. But, again, at least everyone got a bite, right? Anyone else feel this way?

My friend Katie ordered their Regina Margherita with tomatoes, bufala mozzarella and basil. I had a bite and it was wonderful. I loved the texture of the pizza and the almost slight doughiness of the end of the piece and the crispness towards the crust. Simple and good.

And finally, another brunch item Jeff ordered. The biscuits and gravy with ricotta biscuits with spicy sausage gravy and oven roasted potatoes. He said it was good but this photo doesn’t really do a great job of conveying it.

All in all, it was good food but not great atmosphere back where we were sitting. The portions were way too big and the service was alright. One thing I loved was this table up at the front of the restaurant:

My suggestion? Share a plate with someone. Oh, and I can’t wait to try their ricotta pancakes with nutella marscapone & fresh berries with a side of pancetta.

Thanks for dealing with me photographing all the food (and for taking photos). The girls at brunch: (me, Katie, Lisa)

The boys: (Jeff, Andrew)

Bon appétit,