DISCLAIMER: All reviews are based on my personal opinions. I acknowledge that everyone has unique taste preferences and expectations. My individual experience may be different than others. I am NOT a professional food critic, nor do I pretend to be. These are my unbiased views on food establishments that I share for fun. Anyone who disagrees with me or agrees with me is welcomed to do so respectfully.
You know a place is worth visiting when a pizza connoisseur demands you check it out. Especially if that said pizza connoisseur is from New York. I was quite surprised to receive a Facebook message from my cousin asking all about a small pizzeria in San Antonio called Dough. Food talk excites me in general, but having family in New York assert their approval for a restaurant located in my city is full on hysteria.
Of course I was quite baffled as to how Tracy knew Dough existed in the first place. Evidently the pizza is so delicious that the Food Network featured it on one of its shows. It could’ve been Diners, Drive-ins & Dives, but Dough is none of these things. Dough is anything but your typical neighborhood pizza joint. It’s not even of this country. Dough is serving up authentic Italian style pizza. In fact it’s brick oven was imported all the way from Naples. Side note: they even bottle & filter their own water. The restaurant is small (too small for it’s following so beware of crowds) & elegant. The bar area encompasses the “pizza artists” so you literally can watch someone turn out your dough as you sip on your wine.
We waited about 35 minutes to be seated at Dough. Under normal circumstances I’d be pretty surprised for it only being a Wednesday. But seeing the crowd, I figured it was an experience worth it’s wait. We used the time to view the menu & strategize our best plan of action.
Once seated, we began with the appetizer sampler. If you go to Dough you must order a burrata. A burrata is a piece of their homemade mozzarella stuffed with fresh ricotta & whatever other filling you select off the menu. We went with the appetizer sampler because it came with two burratas, both of which were flavors we couldn’t choose between. The sampler was served with flatbread & included bocconcini, truffle & mascarpone burrata, & burrata with prosciutto. Everything was as good as the next. The flatbread was an appetizer in itself. I couldn’t stop popping the warm pieces of perfectly seasoned bread into my mouth. My only advice would be to skip on the fancy flavors & go with the simplest form of burrata on the menu. The flavors don’t come through that much & the beauty of the fresh mozzarella & cool ricotta filling is really what you’re after anyway.
Depending on whom you asked that night, you would have received a different answer for best pizza flavor. I personally favored the simplicity of the Margherita with the Pork Love being my least favorite. As you can see by the picture – we didn’t leave much behind.
I wasn’t feeling up for dessert that evening but the group ordered two. The tiramisu & the special dessert of the day. The special dessert a sweet Nutella panini. They were received well & everyone enjoyed them.
Bottom Line: Dough is not your run of the mill pizza place. If you’re looking for saucy cheesy pizza this is not your cup of tea. The perfectly crisp charred crust & fresh simple ingredients are the real stars here. Expect to wait for your table & expect to drop some “dough” at dough. Economical? No. Delicious? Yes.