Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine, 2001 W Southlake Blvd, ste103, Southlake. 682.477.4040. 11am-9pm Sun, 5pm-9pm Mon-Thu, 5pm-10pm Fri-Sat. All major credit cards accepted.
Brazil has attracted Italian expats ever since Genoese sailors and merchants arrived there in the early 1500s. Immigration surged in the late 19th century, spurred on by an economic crisis in the newly united Italy. Today, it’s estimated that 15 percent of Brazilians have origins in the boot-shaped country. The city of Sao Paolo alone is home to more ethnic Italians than Rome. Their influence on Brazil is enormous, from popular religious festivals like San Vito to wild-eyed soccer mania in “Little Italy” neighborhoods –– and, of course, the food.
The Brazilian husband-and-wife team of Evandro Caregnato and Vanderleia Mallmann showcases the delicious results of this cultural exchange at their restaurant Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine in Southlake. The couple spent years working for Texas de Brazil and opening the chain’s churrascarias around the world. Delucca offers a twist on the traditional Brazilian steakhouse. Instead of roasted meats, diners can enjoy 20 varieties of piping-hot pizzas (including five of the dessert kind), antipasto, and housemade lobster bisque served at table on a never-ending loop.