Miami’s Mister O1 will be landing in Dallas to serve pizzas around Oak Lawn Avenue according to a Dallas Morning News article from August 3. They say,
Chef Renato Viola started Mister O1, a pizzeria, in 2014. Now, it’s a franchise opening its first restaurant in Texas in fall 2022. (Courtesy of Mister O1)
Its Italian-born founder and master pizza chef, Renato Viola, named the company with an “O1″ because he received an O-1 visa to move to the United States under what the government describes as an “extraordinary ability” in a craft. Viola has been studying cooking since he was 11 years old.
Mister O1 in Dallas will be Texas’ first. That’s similar to Pizzana, another high-profile, out-of-town pizza joint — that one from the other coast — that picked Dallas for its first-in-Texas stop. National restaurant consultants have said for well over a year that Texas is a hotspot for expanding restaurant concepts because businesses stayed open longer during the pandemic, and with fewer restrictions, than in most other states.
The Miami pizza joint will be bringing their specialities to Dallas including, of course, their traditional pizzas and their award-winning ones according to a Dallas Observer article from August 8. They say,
“The award-winning menu includes a selection of pizzas that have a light, thin crust made from dough that’s prepared and stored for 72 hours before serving.
While they do serve traditional pizzas, Mister O1 also serves their own unique recipes like their star-shaped pizzas, which include the Star Beckham and Star Luca.
Along with pizzas, the menu offers calzones, salads, pasta and desserts as well as a selection of wines and beer.
According to their CEO and Co-Founder, they chose Texas as they believe that its market is quite vigorous and welcoming especially to restaurants.