- Delucca Gaucho Pizza owners Evandro and Vanderleia Caregnato are natives of Brazil and veterans of the Texas de Brazil chain of steakhouses.
- Delucca offers the rodizio style of service in which “gauchos” roam the dining room with plates of artisanal slices, inviting customers to eat their weight in pizza.
- No matter what they order or how much they eat, guests pay a fixed price of $21.95 per person (not including drinks, taxes and tips).
A Dallas-based Brazilian-style pizza innovator will soon bring its slice-bearing gauchos to Fort Worth, marking the latest stage in growth for Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine, owned by Evandro and Vanderleia Mallman Caregnato.
Like the classic Brazilian churrascaria steakhouse, Delucca uses the rodizio service model in which so-called “gauchos” roam the dining room with plates of artisanal slices, allowing customers to try any pie that tickles their fancy and eat their weight in pizza for a single fixed price.
The Caregnatos, who are natives of Brazil and veterans of the Texas de Brazil steakhouse chain, opened their first Delucca Gaucho Pizza location in Dallas’s Southlake suburb in 2018. They have since opened another store in Plano and a second store in Dallas. The Fort Worth location makes No. 4 and is expected to open in late January.
Guests start out with a platter of charcuterie provided at each table. Every customer receives a ticket—green on one side and red on the other—and turns the green side up when they’re ready for more food. Prior to sampling the many wood-fired pizzas featuring exotic toppings, customers can start the meal with a lobster bisque and/or Kobe meatballs with San Marzano sauce. No matter what they order, they pay a fixed price of $21.95 per person (not including drinks, taxes and tips). For children age 6-12, the price is $14, while kids age 3-5 eat for $9.
And Delucca is definitely kid-friendly because family dining is what Brazilians are all about, according to the owners. “In Brazil, this is how you eat—with family and friends, sharing a table and many pizzas,” Vanderleia explained to Culture Map when the first Delucca restaurant opened in Southlake.
Pizzas on the menu include the Garlic Picanha (featuring a unique sirloin cut associated with the churrascuria style), Chicken with Brazilian Catupiry, Mexican Elote with Crema Fresca, Sauteed Shrimp and Fontina, Four Cheeses and a Truffle, and the Portuguese Pizza with Eggs, Prosciutto Cotto and Olives, among others. Although Delucca is meant to be a dine-in restaurant, the Caregnatos have adjusted to the COVID-19 pandemic by offering carryout and delivery, and gluten-free and vegan options are available.
Food writer Anna Caplan of the Star-Telegram praised Delucca’s fare when the first restaurant opened in 2018. “Delucca exceeds expectations and then some,” she wrote. “I can’t wait to go back.”