Wood-fired pizza connection Cane Rosso has restaurants throughout North Texas, but the new Arlington location has a special connection to the city and a sports writer who covers it.
Evan Grant has written about the Texas Rangers for Dallas Morning News since 1997, and now a pizza at Cane Rosso Arlington has been named Beat Writer as a tribute to him.
Jeff Bekavac, Cane Rosso’s head chef, said he and Grant have been friends for years. After creating a Rangers menu related to Willie Calzone, named after current Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun, he thought of making a tribute to his friend – who happens to be a big fan of Cane Rosso.
The restaurant already has many sports bands with baseball and football cards plastered over the walls, which is an extension of being in a sports city like Arlington, Bekavac said. It was also fun to make the pizza, which is a rifle on their Honey Bastard cake, he said.
“When we tested it a couple of times, we got a lot of positive feedback from our inner circle,” he said. “So we just put it on the menu.”
Meatballs, jams, sweet drop peppers, tomato sauce and homemade mozzarella round off the cake.
Grant remembers getting a call from Bekavac and asking him what his favorite pizza filling was, not knowing where he was going with it. Next thing he knew, the restaurant revealed a menu with Beat Writer on it, which was nice to see, he said.
Grant was happy that they did not link his name to the menu, and he says that the pizza’s name honors everyone who has covered sports in the area. He managed to try the pizza a couple of weeks ago and said it was fun to see what Cane Rosso created.
“Meatballs, I’m pretty much meatballs in my life, and bacon is a kind of ham, and I’m absolutely hammy,” he said.
Grant said that the experience has been fun, and that it is an honor to be associated with a restaurant he loves and a pizza that he wholeheartedly supports.
“I hope that if people try this cake, because there are a lot of good pies on the menu here, that they will find it as fun and delicious as me,” he said.
Cane Rosso Arlington, 200 N. East St.., is open Monday and Tuesday from 16 to 22, Wednesday to Saturday from 11 to 22 and Sunday from 11 to 21