Photography by Daniel Walker.

First Bite

A Sneak Peek Inside Cane Rosso and Cow Tipping Creamery at The Star

Bonus: there's a silver and blue Stefano Ferrara oven that resembles a Dallas Cowboys football helmet.

Jay Jerrier’s pizza and ice cream empire—which includes numerous Cane Rosso locations across Texas as well as the more recently acquired Cow Tipping Creamery soft-serve ice cream brand—is poised to bring its latest restaurant double-feature to Frisco. By the end of July (yes, that means likely by this weekend) Jerrier and crew will open the doors to their ninth Cane Rosso as well as their second brick-and-mortar version of Cow Tipping Creamery at the monstrous multi-use sports/dining/events complex, The Star.

Cane Rosso will be one of the first businesses within The Star to welcome guests. While much is planned and currently under development, construction is still ongoing at most of the future establishments set to arrive here. (Of note, a few days ago, acclaimed restaurateur Nick Badovinus opened his third outpost of Neighborhood Services only feet from Cane Rosso’s new home.)

Inside the newest Cane Rosso you’ll find a few surprises that are unique to the location. The centerpiece of the whole outfit is a gorgeous silver and blue Stefano Ferrara wood-fired oven fashioned to resemble a Cowboys football helmet. The oven was “built by the man (Ferrara) himself,” and a is key ingredient in Cane Rosso’s maintenance of their certification with the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. The walls are arrayed with a number of paintings by local artist, Clay Stinnett, many of which highlight Jerrier’s well-documented infatuation with all things Star Wars. (You’ll easily spot their Star Wars-ified remake of a classic Run DMC photo, but you’ll need to find a reason to explore the bathrooms—male and female—in order to see some of the other glorious works of art in store here).

The menu at Cane Rosso: The Star will feature some items only found at this location. They’re doing a number of fried calzones that deserve your undivided attention—soft, chewy dough with a lightly crisped exterior, stuffed with ricotta, mozzarella, sausage, and even a breakfast version with ham, cheese, and scrambled eggs. Chicken wings will make their way onto the menu, most notably a lovely lemon pepper version. And don’t sleep on the perfectly fried calamari accompanied by thinly-sliced fried zucchini, carrot, and jalapeños.

Finally, pizzas at this location come appropriately tweaked and misshapen into the form of a star, with ricotta filling each of the five points. There’s a house special actually named “The Star” with pepperoni, arugula, cherry tomatoes, and shaved parmesan. We also sampled the legendary Honey Bastard in star form, with a touch of bacon marmalade enhancing the stuffed points of the dough.

Fans of the Cow Tipping Creamery ice cream operation have just as much to be excited about, as The Star will host its first brick-and-mortar location in North Texas. Similar to the adjoining space Cane Rosso and Cow Tipping share at their Austin site, the Frisco location with be home base to all ice cream production in the area.

The truck parked in Downtown Carrollton will remain in place. However, not surprisingly, the difficulties and setbacks associated with producing consistently high-quality ice cream (especially in 100-degree Texas heat) within the confines of a small truck have been a challenge in the past. At The Star, Cow Tipping will be able to run more specials, with a wider array of soft serve flavors (keep your eye out for a few particularly elegant flavors as they make their way through the rotation, notably cereal milk, burnt sugar, and bananas foster). Bubble cones will be aplenty and expect the return of the outlandishly delightful donut cones at some point, too.

Keep an eye of Cane Rosso’s and Cow Tipping Creamery’s social media announcements for official opening dates, but if all goes according to plan, you’ll be cramming your face holes with pizza and ice cream by the end of July.

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