Whether they scored the winning touchdown or got their butts kicked, every team deserves a treat after the big game. Lovers Pizza & Pasta accommodates the winners and losers with its community atmosphere. “We like family together,” owner Benini Zeqiri says. “That’s what people like about us.” That, and the authentic Italian food. The recipes came from Zeqiri’s uncle who owned a restaurant in Venice some 30 years ago. He moved to New York City, eventually made his way to Dallas and opened Brothers Pizza. Zeqiri tried his hand at the business with the first Lovers Pizza & Pasta location at Lovers and the Tollway — hence the name. The Casa Linda storefront opened in 2005 followed by another at Mockingbird and Abrams. The menu includes homemade salads, pastas, seafood, sandwiches and, of course, gourmet pizza. The white pizza combines freshly made Alfredo sauce with mozzarella cheese, steamed broccoli, red peppers, mushrooms and spinach. But it really comes down to two key ingredients, Zeqiri says. “For pizza, the No. 1 things are cheese and sauce.”
Lovers Pizza & Pasta
• Garland & Buckner
• Loverspizzeria.com, 214.321.2223
Three more spots to take the team
Scotty P’s Hamburgers
The “best burger” accolades have piled up for this popular after-game hangout that has a generations-old recipe.
• Preston & Forest
• Scottyps.com, 214.691.1200
Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse
This barbecue joint has a family-style atmosphere that accommodates the whole team.
— Preston & Forest
— Lovers & Inwood
Jersey Mike’s Subs
The sandwich shop offers cold and hot subs, including its signature Philly cheese steak.
• Lovers & Inwood
• Jerseymikes.com, 214.350.7611