Austin’s pizza scene expands with the opening of Unit D Pizzeria in Cherrywood tonight, July 23. The pizza shop, located next door to Dai Due, will serve what it considers "modern interpretations" of Neapolitan pies, with housemade dough, mozzarella, ricotta, lamb sausage, and more.
The current menu includes salads, cheese and charcuterie boards, small plates, six pizzas, and desserts. For drinks, there are are craft beers in bottles and cans, and a wine list. The approximately 50-seat space features an open kitchen with a view of the Naples-imported wood-fired oven and skylights.
Executive chef Chris Turgeon received his certification in Neapolitan-style pizza from VPN Americas. He staged in famed shops Motorino and Emily in Brooklyn, and worked at Foreign & Domestic and 42 Grams in Chicago. Owner Shalou Barth announced the opening of Unit D in April because she missed the neighborhood’s Red House Pizzeria in 2012, which is now the home of Salty Sow. "I am thrilled to bring pizza back to Manor Road," she said, "and look forward to offering something special to the area."
Unit D will be open for dinner service starting at 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays (closed on Tuesday), and 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. While it’s only open for dinner for now, lunch and brunch is an eventual possibility.