Dough Pizzeria Napoletana, the restaurant known for its authentic Neapolitan style pizza concept, joined Hemisfair to announce a new opening set for May 2018. The debut of Dough’s second location in San Antonio will add further grandeur to the vibrant and redeveloping urban district in downtown. Dough will be located on the corner of South Alamo Street and East César E. Chávez Boulevard at the southwest corner of Hemisfair. Owners Doug and Lori Horn anticipate the renowned restaurant becoming a neighborhood spot for locals, a checklist destination for downtown tourists and convention attendees, a relaxing place in the park, and a jumping off point for exploring Southtown.
Inspired by the traditions of Italian ingredients, Executive Chef and Co-Owner Doug Horn, with his wife, Co-Owner Lori Horn, have developed the only pizzeria in San Antonio—and a rare find in Texas—certified to serve under the guidelines created by Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani (Neapolitan Pizzaioli Association) founded in Naples, Italy. All ingredients are sourced as much as possible from Italy as well as from local farmers. A true Neapolitan-style pizza is easy to distinguish: charred crust, sparse toppings, and a raised border.
“We’re thrilled to bring Dough downtown and join all the exciting developments throughout Hemisfair,” says Chef Horn, co-owner of Dough.
“Dough is a unique concept,” says Lori Horn, co-owner of Dough. “We are a full-service restaurant with trained chefs; we provide high levels of service and source top quality products, all while keeping up with the pace of a high volume pizzeria.”
Menu pizza options range from Arugula & Prosciutto, blending house-made mozzarella with truffle vinaigrette, to Pork Love, made with house-made spicy sausage, Speck, Soppressata Salami, Pancetta, house-made mozzarella and tomato sauce. Aside from traditional pizza, guests can expect house-made burrata, meatballs, antipasti, Tuscan and Italian salads, and, of course, Italian-inspired desserts. Dough Pizzeria Napoletana also reflects Italy with its extensive wine menu featuring carefully selected and imported vino from Southern Italy. The drink menu includes a range of Italian sodas and local craft beers on tap, as well as Kimbo espresso.
The interior of the restaurant has elements of wood, marble, and copper. The wood-burning oven named “Scintilla,” which is the Italian word for ‘spark’ and plays off the name of the owners’ English bulldog, ‘Sparcs,’ is uniquely tiled entirely with copper pennies. The restaurant consists of three dining areas, including a pizza bar/dining room, the atrium dining room with sliding doors that will offer a semi-private dining area, and an outdoor patio overlooking the park.
This marks the third restaurant opening by Dough Pizza Napoletana. Dough’s success stems from the original San Antonio location on Blanco Road which Doug and Lori opened in 2007. There is another location in Plano, TX, which opened in 2012.
“When it comes to quality pizza, Dough is a household name in San Antonio,” said Andres Andujar, CEO of Hemisfair. “With Dough joining the other tenants at Hemisfair—Paleteria San Antonio, Con Safos, and CommonWealth—we’re creating a suite of authentic and exciting food and beverage options for park-goers, there’s nothing better than pizza.”
Dough Pizzeria Napoletana will be located at 518 South Alamo Street, San Antonio, TX 78205, directly behind the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, on the parameter of Hemisfair, neighboring Paleteria San Antonio, Con Safos and CommonWealth Coffee & Bakery. Dough is in between downtown and Southtown, making it a walkable dining choice whether visiting Yanaguana Garden or popping in after an outdoors activity, such as a bike ride or run. Like other businesses at Hemisfair, Dough will operate out of a restored historic property, in this instance an icehouse once called the O.K. Bar, serendipitously matching Dough’s branding which has always included the “O.K.” symbol. There will be a neon “O.K.” hand symbol sign outside the restaurant, as well as an “O.K.” symbol mural located near the entranceway, as a way to pay homage to the historic building’s name.