Demarco Jenkins is making some of the BEST pizza in the Houston area at his restaurant, d' Marcos Pizzeria located in Sugar Land. Originally a Chicago native, Demarco relocated to Houston for work in 2012. He soon discovered he was unable to find the type of pizza he was accustomed to eating back home. So for anyone that's ever been to Chicago, you know exactly what he's talking about. Demarco reached out to his favorite pizza place in Chicago, Mama Rigetta's. He learned they were closing their doors and was graciously gifted all their secret recipes.
d' Marcos Pizzeria uses only the freshest ingredients on their pizzas. The thin crust pizza is baked in a pan so it's crispy and firm enough to support all those tasty toppings. My favorite is their deep dish pizza. It has a flaky, buttery crust that holds in mounds of cheese, pepperoni, sausage, and chunky marinara. For a unique twist, try chicken sausage on your pizza. It has all the flavor of the Italian sausage, but with a lighter taste. It's also a wonderful alternative for those that don't eat pork.
Demarco has entered his delicious pizzas in many competitions, including the NAPIC, North American Pizza and Ice Cream Show and the International Pizza Expo. At a recent media tasting, I had the privilege of trying several pizzas that Demarco was entering into competition and they were all amazing. Mama Rigetti only made one request when she gifted Demarco her recipes and that was to make her proud. This family man is doing just that.
d' Marcos Pizzeria will also be participating in the inaugural launch of Houston Black Restaurant Week (#HOUBRW) which runs April 3 - 10, 2016. Diners can choose a $20 lunch menu or $25/$35 dinner menu with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Change Happens.
d' Marcos Pizzeria
11102 S Texas 6 #106, Sugar Land, TX 77498
Black & White, located in the Heights, recently invited out members of the Houston Food Blogger Collective for a private tasting. Locally owned and operated, Black & White offers diners a choice of ambiance and two distinct menus. The Black side is intimate and upscale with a Mediterranean inspired cuisine and the White side is a more casual atmosphere with a seafood focused menu. Luckily you are able to order from both menus regardless of which side you choose to dine.
I was very impressed with the beverage program at Black & White. The servers are all well versed in the cocktails and wine and are able to provide diners with excellent recommendations. The cocktails are nicely balanced and showcase each flavor without masking the taste of the spirit. The Roasted Blueberry and Basil Bourbon Martini was very sophisticated, but I preferred the bold flavors and spice of the Hot Mess. Wine drinkers will be pleased with the selection of Italian and Spanish wines. Being a California wine lover, I was excited to see offerings from smaller boutique wineries such as Alpha Omega, Jigar, and Sempre Vive.
Both menus at Black & White offer appetizers, soups, salads, and pastas. Entrees on the Black side feature beef, pork, and duck. Paella for 4-6 people can be ordered as a specialty dish. The White side menu has fresh seafood entrees. Ceviches, oysters, and carpaccios are delicately prepared with just a touch of spice. The most impressive dish was the Nostro Polpo, lightly seasoned octopus cooked to perfection.
In addition to two distinct dining spaces, Black & White has three bar areas, a terrace, and a secluded Cava room for private parties. Each side of the restaurant, as well as the entire restaurant is available to rent. Black & White is currently open for dinner Monday - Saturday 5-10 pm and on Sunday for Brunch 11 am - 4 pm. Complimentary valet and self parking is available.
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