Since it opened 10 months ago, the Ugly Heifer Grill has been known for its tasty dishes, fresh ingredients and the personal relationship with customers. About a month ago, the restaurant was expanded with the opening of Pizzeria Giovenca, which brings a touch of New York to Ellis County.
Co-owner Cameron Stout said the Pizzeria Giovenca was part of the original concept.
“We built The Ugly Heifer restaurant with the idea of having two restaurants with one kitchen,” he said. “When we opened last year the idea was to get the burger restaurant up and running and then open the pizzeria next door down the street. Everyone who’s had it says they love it. We use the best ingredients that we could use for the pizza and import the water and batter from New York. It is the water that makes it rise the way it does. “
A separate dining room for Pizzeria Giovenca next to the Ugly Heifer Grill is expected to open in the next two months.
Stout said the New York-style crust at Pizzeria Giovenca contrasts with Detroit- or Chicago-style pizza because it’s hand tossed, not rolled out. Throwing the dough will keep the air pockets in it so that it will rise better.
“Another big part of it is the cheese,” said Stout. “We use Grande cheese, which is pretty much the best cheese you can find. It melts so well. On some pizzas, you may still see some of the grated cheese on the pizza. This cheese melts so well that you can’t even see it. “
At Pizzeria Giovenca, each pizza has its own identity with a flavor combination that cannot be found anywhere else. One of the unique cakes is called Swt Hot Mess Pizza. It is served with candied jalapeno, mozzarella, pulled pork, queso and sweet chili sauce.
Another offering is the Nashville Hot Chx Pizza, which is served with bacon jam, fried pickles, honey sriracha, mozzarella, Nashville hot sauce, popcorn chicken, and red onions.
“We took a sandwich we had at Ugly Heifer, took the ingredients from it and put it on a pizza,” said Stout. “You won’t find that anywhere. The Nashville Hot Pizza is based on other pizzas of a similar format. We use all of the ingredients we have in house and it’s a nice tangy taste. If you like spicy food, that’s really good. ”The customer review has been automatically translated from German.
Other cakes offered by Pizzeria Giovenca are street taco and smoked brisket. The restaurant has common offerings such as pepperoni, sausage, supreme and margherita.
Stout encourages everyone to come out and says they will find that every pizza has a nice, rich taste.
Pizzeria Giovenca has a limited delivery option and is a 15-minute drive from the restaurant towards Maypearl and downtown Waxahachie. Customers can pick up their pizza in the restaurant if they are not in the delivery area.
Ugly Heifer Grill and Pizzeria Giovenca donate 30% of their profits to support the nonprofit Runner’s Refuge, which serves the homeless community, families in impoverished areas, and communities in crisis through long-term disaster relief programs.
Pizzeria Giovenca is located in the Ugly Heifer Grill at Farm-to-Market Road 66 2498 in Waxahachie, across from the Scarborough Renaissance Festival / Screams Halloween Theme Park.