How an Arlington restaurant is honoring a Dallas Morning News sports writer

Cane Rosso wood-burning pizza joint has restaurants all over North Texas, but its new location in Arlington has a special connection to the city and to a sports writer covering it.

Evan Grant has been writing about Texas Rangers for the Dallas Morning News since 1997, and now a pizza at Cane Rosso Arlington has been named a Beat Writer in tribute to him.

Jeff Bekavac, Cane Rosso’s head chef, said he and Grant have been friends for years. After putting together a Rangers menu with Willie Calzone, named after current Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun, he considered paying homage to his friend, who happens to be a big fan of Cane Rosso.

The restaurant already has many sports ties with baseball and soccer cards on the walls, which is an extension of staying in a sports city like Arlington, Bekavac said. It was also fun creating the pizza which is a riff on their honey bastard pie, he said.

“When we tested it a few times, we got a lot of positive feedback from our inner circle,” he said. “So we just put it on the menu.”

Meatballs, bacon jam, paprika, tomato sauce and homemade mozzarella round off the cake.

Grant recalls a phone call from Bekavac asking what his favorite pizza toppings were without knowing where he was going. The next thing he knew the restaurant was unveiling a menu with the Beat Writer, which was nice to see, he said.

Grant was glad they didn’t include his name on the menu, and he says the pizza name honors everyone who has been involved in sports in the area. He got to try the pizza a few weeks ago and said it was fun to see what Cane Rosso was creating.

“Meatballs, I’m pretty much a meatball in life and bacon is kind of ham and I’m definitely hammy,” he said.

Grant said the experience was fun and an honor to be associated with a restaurant he loves and a pizza he wholeheartedly supports.

“I hope when people try this cake because there are a lot of good cakes on the menu, they’ll think it’s as fun and tasty as I am,” he said.

Cane Rosso Arlington, 200 N. East St., is open Mondays and Tuesdays from 4pm to 10pm, Wednesdays to Saturdays from 11am to 10pm, and Sundays from 11am to 9pm

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