Mister O1, a fast-growing Miami-born artisanal pizza concept, will open its third Texas location on Tuesday, November 14, this one in Mansfield, Texas.
Founded by master pizza chef Renato Viola, Mister O1 was “born from the idea that an extraordinary pizza requires the utmost attention to detail and the finest ingredients,” the company said in a press release. Viola’s unique star-shaped pizzas have earned him a cult following, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Viola was raised in Southern Italy, where he developed a passion for cooking at a young age; by 11 years old, he was apprenticing with some of Italy’s best chefs. He moved to Miami under the O1 Visa category, reserved for those with “extraordinary artistic ability” of internationally acclaimed fame, and opened the first location of Mister O1 in 2014. The brand has since grown to 13 locations. In 2021, the concept was honored for serving the best pizza in Florida by Food & Wine.
With an emphasis on freshness, Viola sources most of his ingredients from Italy or from local vendors.
Mister O1’s first Dallas store opened in Fall 2022 in Turtle Creek Shopping Village, and the second store arrived in Grapevine in Spring 2023, both under the direction of local franchise partner John LaBarge. As a Dallas local, LaBarge will bring his third Mister O1 restaurant to 1520 East Debbie Lane, Suite 102, in Mansfield.
“The Mansfield community is thriving, and we feel Mister O1 is going to be a great addition to the area,” LaBarge said. “We hope to become a go-to spot for those working and living in Mansfield. The success of our other locations in Dallas-Fort Worth has proven that our family-friendly restaurant is not just a destination to dine, but [a destination] for extraordinary experiences.”
Mister O1’s menu presents an array of pizzas characterized by a delicate thin-crust style with an exceptionally light dough that undergoes a minimum 72-hour preparation and resting period before being served.
Traditional pizza combinations are served as well as recipes unique to Mister O1, such as the Star Beckham (star-shaped pizza filled with ricotta, mozzarella, bacon, onions, fresh tomatoes, ranch dressing and basil); Coffee Paolo (Italian tomato sauce, mozzarella, gorgonzola blue cheese, natural honey, coffee and spicy salami calabrese); Elisa (mozzarella, ricotta, natural honey, black pepper and white truffle oil); and Star Luca (star-shaped pizza filled with ricotta cheese, spicy salami calabrese, mozzarella, Italian tomato sauce and basil).
Select calzones, salads, antipasti and dessert pizzas will also be available. In addition to the food menu, Mister O1 offers red, white and sparkling Italian wines by the glass and bottle, plus the well-known Italian beer, Peroni.
The 2,200-square-foot space will seat 56 people inside and on the patio. The design is modern and trendy with a casual, comfortable feel.