What an insane week of work, weather and worry. We were genuinely spent. It’s no wonder we were in search of the warmth and comfort provided by tried-and-true friends, aka pizza, pasta and parmesan!

 

*Via Messenger*

Gaby: Holla! All good?

Trisha: Depends on your definition of “good”. *face with stuck-out tongue and winking eye emoji*

Gaby: lol Hungry?

Trisha: Always. Pizza pie?

Gaby: Ummm...YAAASS!

 

On a not so typical Saturday night, we decided to venture out to the new and promising, Stefano’s Pizza Express, located in Pharr sister restaurant to Stefano's Brooklyn Pizza, established back in 2012 in Harlingen, Texas. Stefano’s is staffed with Italian cuisine certified chefs, who continue to work with local markets for their fresh ingredients, and is officially endorsed by world famous Italian Chef, Santo Bruno. These Rio Grande Valley eateries are home to the 30" inch Pizza. That’s right, dear readers, 30”!

Of course, if your not THAT hungry, the new Express location includes a menu with a variety of Italian dishes, seafood, sandwiches, soups and salads, plus more. You can also enjoy any of your choice of menu options in the outdoor patio area made available for dining. Seems like we could have used the entire patio area, and them some, for all the food we ordered. Yeah, we know you’re not surprised (wink). Hey, we had “help”.

 

*Upon Gaby’s arrival*

Trisha: So, I took the liberty of ordering us some Spinach Artichoke Dip (spinach artichoke dip surrounded by garlic bread knots, then baked all together), a 10” Prosciutto Arugula Pizza (Prosciutto, arugula, shredded parmesan, light pizza sauce base, balsamic reduction and olive oil) and some spaghetti with Marinara sauce.

Gaby: Oh, dang! Okay, well let’s also get some Tomato Basil Soup (creamy tomato basil soup garnished with parmesan) a Caprese Salad (fresh basil and mozzarella, with ripe tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette dressing), one Stromboli (homemade fresh Italian bread dough stuffed with sausage, pepperoni and mozzarella cheese, then baked) AND some Shrimp Alfredo (sauteed shrimp served on top of fettuccine, spinach and Stefano's homemade Alfredo sauce).

Trisha: That should do it!

Gaby: We’ll see. That Nutella Pizza might need to be added for “research” purposes.

 

For the record, ZERO menu options were regretted. Our dedicated dining team of two plus two for the evening, only slightly distracted from the task at hand by the Houston Astros versus the Kansas City Royals game being aired on the various TVs in the restaurant, eagerly devoured everything on the table. Other than the subtle sounds of creamy dip being stirred, crisp salad being bitten into, the grated cheese shaker and the occasional “oohs and aahs”, there was no real chatter at the table. Talk about a focused group! Minimal amounts of morsels were packaged up for later consumption.

Although we could have probably squeezed in one, possibly two, of the tempting dessert options, we decided that slipping into a food coma in public was probably not the best idea.

If our list of dined-on dishes leaves you curious for more, Stefano’s Pizza Express also offers Calzones and several specialty pizzas including the Jalapeño Popper Pizza, Philly Cheesesteak Pizza, BBQ Brisket or Seafood Pizza. You can also try to Build Your Own 10" Pizza (Choice of 3 Toppings) or opt for the gluten-free pizza dough, at a small upcharge.

During your next outing for casual dining, stop by Stefano’s Pizza Express,for lunch or dinner, at 500 N. Jackson Rd. N-3 in Pharr, Texas, on any day of the week, Monday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Call (956) 884-7715 for more information on the restaurant, visit their website at https://stefanospizzaexpress.com/ and don’t forget to keep up with them on Facebook @stefanospizzaexpress.

 

Gaby Jones and Trisha Watts work hand-in-hand with the service industry. Jones is in charge of craft and imported beer for L&F Distributors-South Texas and Watts is the communications director for Visit McAllen. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on various locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley.