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Richardson’s Newest Pizza Joint Serves Up Italian and American Pies

Pizza Americana offers up brick-oven pies, salads, and pastas, with Botolino Gelato soft serve for dessert.

Rachel Pinn

Pizza Americana opened its doors somewhat quietly about a week ago at 800 W Arapaho Road, with a menu that covers Italian classics and beyond.

The City of Richardson officially cut the ribbon on Pizza Americana on Wednesday, February 13, and ever since the pizzeria opened its doors, the new spot is consistently packed with locals. The crowd includes friends of father-and-son owners Bruce and Jordan Swim, who hail from Richardson themselves (J.P. Nguyen is part owner of the pizzeria as well). In addition to this latest venture, Jordan Swim owns Vestals Catering and has his hands in Carlton Provisions, a barbecue spot inside Legacy Hall.

Pizza Americana’s concise menu offers just a half dozen pies, from the typical Margherita to a vegan pie and even a smoked brisket version, featuring brisket from Carlton Provisions, of course. A couple of pastas and a handful of salads round out the menu’s choices. Prices range from $6 for mac and cheese to $14 for a carne pizza topped with four meats. All pies are Neapolitan in style, 12 inches in diameter, and arrive fresh out of a brick oven imported from New York.

The pizzeria’s decor is all clean lines with pine and white walls that feature bold, text-based murals by local artist Brennen Bechtol.

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Local beers and Italian wines are in the works, but through the end of March, it’s BYOB. Dessert comes in the form of soft serve gelato from the likes of Carlo Gattini of Lowest Greenville’s Botolino Gelato. According to Gattini, he was approached by Nguyen about setting up a smaller gelato outpost inside Pizza Americana, but his suggestion was instead to offer a soft serve version of his product to serve in the restaurant. After all, soft serve gelato just might be the ideal Italian-American ending after a meal of Italian-American pizza.

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