Since opening, Deep Ellum’s Il Cane Rosso has been adamant about one thing: not a single drop of ranch dressing would grace a slice of their VPN-certified pizzas. But even a hardliner like Cane Rosso owner Jay Jerrier couldn’t resist a very tempting offer from a couple of ranch-loving patrons at last night’s fundraiser for the Humane Society of Southeast Texas.
According to a post on the Cane Rosso Facebook page, food delivery startup Caviar shelled out a cool $1,000 for the massive bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch that has long been stored in an "in case of emergency" style glass case at the restaurant’s entrance. Scope out the announcement (rife with "Kanye Roscoe’s" signature snarky comedy) below:
A couple of years ago, Cane Rosso’s $1,000 bottle of ranch went viral after members of a Reddit forum discovered its existence. In a 2014 interview with Eater, Jerrier laid out pretty solid reasoning for eschewing ranch at Cane Rosso:
I think for the most part, again, take it with a grain of salt, Cane Rosso is more about restraint and balance where we're not taking it to extremes. We've got some pizzas that kind of have a lot going on but they're — this sounds douchey — carefully curated ingredients where we want a specific sopressata or we want a specific chef to make our sausage.
But in this case, the noted dog lover was willing to make an exception to help the Beaumont-based animal shelter, which was severely damaged after a fire ripped through its facilities last week.
At last tally, Cane Rosso had raised more than $15,000 for the shelter’s rebuilding process. The fundraiser was so successful, in fact, that the restaurant and was forced to stop taking to-go orders before the evening ended due to high demand.
No word yet on when (or if) that glorious bottle of ranch will ever be replaced.