Fingers of thick orange flame bend around red brick, heating hand-rolled pizza dough to temperatures of up to 1,000 degrees. In roughly three minutes, the pie emerges with a delicate, golden crust covered in marinara and gooey melted cheese. It's this innovative cooking process that earned RedBrick Pizza a spot on Entrepreneur magazine's 2005 list of top 500 franchises, a 2006 feature in Nation’s Restaurant News, and various other press mentions. But its offerings aren’t limited to specialty pizzas. Besides hand-tossing all pies with no MSG or fillers, chefs can also spurn wheat flour by preparing Italian dishes from a separate gluten-free menu. Trademark Fhazani sandwiches integrate fire-roasted dough with fresh ingredients such as pesto, mozzarella, and arugula. Italian party packs supply festivities with breadsticks, all-natural gelato, and pizzas to wrap around the host’s head in a traditional party turban.
Pizza 9 is the brainchild of Hasan A. Aslami and Behrad Etemadi—aka Hass and Rod. The pair opened the first Pizza 9 in 2008, and then the combination of Rod's business know-how and Hass's more than 20 years of experience with Chicago--style pizzas helped to scatter franchise locations like pepperonis throughout New Mexico.
Chicago--style deep-dish and thin-crust pizzas emerge from each Pizza 9’s ovens with traditional and gluten-free bases, as well as with the aromas of ingredients such as pepperoni, artichokes, and green chilies. Signature calzones disguise warm centers of bacon, eggplant, and spicy giardiniera, and hearty nests of pasta hide beneath plump meatballs and ladles of shiny marinara.
Anna and Sancho Soeiro operate their Canyon Road café five days a week, serving organic fare largely sourced from local farmers’ markets. Dish n' Spoon Cafe's menu spans soups, salads, and sandwiches (made with chicken-curry salad, for example, or roast beef and horseradish), and caters to the noncarnivorous with veggie burgers and veggie lasagna. The café itself is housed in what was a one-room grocery store for 70 years; after moving in, the Soeiros decided to reflect the welcoming environment and community loyalty it represented in the repurposed space.
Cubbies of knickknacks, sculptures, and other gewgaws and gifts line the walls, creating an atmosphere of cozy, quaint chaos. The faces of frequent customers smile from a Star Wall of pictures, and kids chomp organic PB&J or grilled-cheese sandwiches before running off to play in the restaurant’s special kids’ corner. A Santa Fe Reporter write-up notes some of the café's Santa Fean charms—"quirkily mismatched" plates and silverware, and a patio where patrons can sprinkle sunshine and shredded clouds on their meals.
New Mexican correspondent Rob De Walt describes how, in 2009, Mayor David Coss declared August 14 Dish n’ Spoon Day in honor of the Soeiros’ consistent dedication to volunteer work and community service—they've been involved in historic preservation, the Buckaroo Ball, and a court-appointed advocate program for survivors of juvenile abuse or neglect. Every Monday, Dish n’ Spoon runs on a pay-what-you-can price structure, allowing patrons to live within their means or finally use that stash of leprechaun gold that banks refuse to convert to U.S. dollars.
New York–style pizzas with thin, crisp crusts are a house specialty at Forghedaboudit Pizza, an eatery nestled off of Interstate 10 in Deming. Cooks knead homemade dough for those pizzas, then layer on freshly made tomato sauce and buffalo mozzarella. Diners can customize the pies with toppings such as organic spinach, sirloin steak, and locally grown sweet chilies, or opt other house specialties: jumbo wings or sub sandwiches made with Amoroso's rolls from Philadelphia.
Pizza 9 is the brainchild of Hasan A. Aslami and Behrad Etemadi?aka Hass and Rod. The pair opened the first Pizza 9 in 2008, and then the combination of Rod's business know-how and Hass's more than 20 years of experience with Chicago-style pizzas helped to scatter franchise locations like pepperonis throughout New Mexico.
Chicago-style deep-dish and thin-crust pizzas emerge from each Pizza 9?s ovens with traditional and gluten-free bases, as well as with the aromas of ingredients such as pepperoni, artichokes, and green chilies. Signature calzones disguise warm centers of bacon, eggplant, and spicy giardiniera, and hearty nests of pasta hide beneath plump meatballs and ladles of shiny marinara.
Maria Venturino moved from Italy to the United States in 1964, and her love of the old country shows in every dish she creates. She still makes her own marinara sauce the old-fashioned way?from scratch?in addition to whipping up homemade Italian staples such as lasagna, baked ziti, and meatballs that crown plates of spaghetti. Aldo's main dish, however, is pizza. Maria, along with her two sons and a bunch of elves in chef's hats, bake classic cheese and pepperoni pies, as well as specialty pizzas including artichoke hearts and minced garlic.