As we've mentioned many times before, pizza is a surefire remedy for any ailment resulting from the mid-week blues, too much peopling or just plain ol' exhaustion from daily adulting. As a result of much time and effort spent on researching, we wholeheartedly believe this to be true. Pizza has yet to fail us. Now, add some great company and make that pizza authentic Neapolitan style. Well, you know you're in for a guaranteed treat!
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Gaby: Trisha! Road trip to Brownsville?
Trisha: *after reviewing the post* Yes! heart shaped eyes emoji
And just like that, we made our way to Dodici Pizza & Wine for the enticingly promoted one year anniversary celebration with specials like $12 pizzas, a $25 Raventos Champagne flight option and the reintroduction of its seasonal summer salad. Viva Downtown Brownsville!
Although Dodici opened its doors on July 20, 2018, Trey Mendez, co-founder and downtown visionary, bought the recognized Texas Historic Landmark building, named the Juan H. Fernandez Store, back in 2010. Just a couple of years ago, Mendez came up with the concept for Dodici and not only helped design the space, but also assisted in creating the menu. Mendez paired up with Graham Sevier at 7th & Park and Dante Pensa @elpreziidante to round out the ownership group and help focus on the guest experience, management and restaurant knowledge. Merely upon entering the restaurant, we knew were about to embark on a unique and flavorful RGV experience.
Trisha: Meats, cheese, or Burrata?
Gaby: All three!
Server: We can definitely get that for you.
As our meat and cheese plate combination with Burrata (a fresh Italian cow milk cheese made from mozzarella and cream, giving it an unusual, soft texture), the presentation was so tempting, we almost forgot to take a photo before grabbing a little bit of everything on the board.
Side Note: You can choose from a sweet or savory topping for your Burrata. Yeah, we went with the savory and had zero regrets!
When opting for lighter fare on appetizers, we highly recommend the refreshing Citrus Salad, made with local grapefruit from Laura’s Grapefruit in Bayview, avocado, red onion, extra virgin olive oil and salt/pepper.
Before moving on to the main dish options,we carefully perused the menu and almost went with a classic favorite, the Margherita, but instead decided to be a bit more adventurous (like the painting of the Luchador hanging in Dodici’s main dining area) and ordered half “Fun-Guy” (locally sourced mushrooms, truffle oil, crispy kale and shaved parmesan) and half “Di Mare” (Mozzarella, Gulf shrimp, squash, ricotta, basil+parsley cream). Considering the familiar ingredients from another pie in the Upper Valley, we also had to try the “Sweet Sting” pizza, drizzled with locally sourced honey from Bay Bees. All meats are sliced in house and Dodici’s focuses on as many local veggies as possible. Just to name a few more that we must try next time around, there's the "Fresca Due" - Mozzarella, arugula, prosciutto, shaved Parmesan and lemon; “The Fabuloso” - Bacon, gorgonzola, basil pesto, mozzarella, shaved parmesan and figs (we're told this tasty treat is available upon request and secret handshake); “Chorizo Pizza” - features chorizo, manchego cheese, fresh serrano peppers, potatoes and is topped with fresh mexican crema; and “The Manzo” - chopped brisket from our friends over at 1848 BBQ, with smoked cheddar, fresh crema and caramelized onions. Vegan and gluten free options are also available.
Dessert anyone? Choose from cheesecake options available from Javier Guajardo Colonel and Christyn's Cheesecake Co. Dodici’s also features homemade cannolis and tiramisu. We all happily indulged in a shared serving of Tiramisu and there were no lady fingers left behind.
Take a short drive and join the crowd for “Turntable Tuesday” where the friendly Dodici staff members will break out the record player and spin some tunes. You can even bring your own favorite (non-explicit) vinyl for some play time. Weekly “Wines-Day Wednesday” offer specials on featured wines by the glass or bottle. Dodici's daily wine list features boutique labels from Chile, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United States. Not a wine lover? Try one of Dodici’s rotating selection of specialty beers or skip the alcohol and quench your thirst with a Topo Chico, Mexican Coke, or Sun Tea. Make sure to enjoy any of these thirst-quenching drinks or delectable pizza at Dodici’s secluded garden. One step in and you will feel like you just stepped out of the RGV.
Dodici Pizza & Wine is located across from Market Square in Downtown Brownsville, Texas, within the at 11200 E Adams. Their hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., Friday through Saturday 5:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. and Sunday 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Dodici is closed on Mondays. For more information call them at (956) 801-2420, email them to email@example.com or visit their website at www.dodicipizza.com. Make sure to follow them via social media @dodicibrownsville for all the latest and greatest on menu items and special events.
Gaby Jones and Trisha Watts work hand-in-hand with the service industry. Jones is in charge of craft and imported beer for L&F Distributors-South Texas and Watts is a freelance writer specializing in the marketing of the service industry. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.