Whats Eric Eating
What's Eric Eating Episode 86

Meet Houston's pizza power couple, plus tasty tacos in The Heights

Meet Houston's pizza power couple, plus tasty tacos in The Heights

Pizaro's Memorial Nicole and Brad Bean
Pizaro's co-owners Nicole and Brad Bean.  Photo by Eric Sandler
Pizaro's New York style pizza double pepperoni
A New York-style double pepperoni pizza.  Photo by Eric Sandler
Pizaro's Detroit pizza Motor City
Pizaro's Detroit-style pie.  Photo by Eric Sandler
Pizaro's Memorial Nicole and Brad Bean
Pizaro's New York style pizza double pepperoni
Pizaro's Detroit pizza Motor City

On this week's episode of "What's Eric Eating," Nicole Bean joins CultureMap food editor to discuss Pizaro's Pizza, the restaurant she owns with her brother, Matt Hutchinson, and her husband, Brad Bean. When Pizaro's opened its first location in 2011, Bean says she resisted her father's calls to join him in the new family business, but she and Brad signed on when the Montrose location opened in 2015. 

Since then, she's become someone to watch in the pizza world, earning the coveted Rising Star award at this year’s Caputo Cup during the recent Pizza & Pasta Northeast trade show. Together with her brother, she expanded the menu from just Neapolitan-style pies to include both Detroit (a rectangular deep dish with a rim of burnt cheddar cheese on the crust) and New York (the classic round pie found at restaurants across the country).  

Sandler and Bean go through her career and discuss future plans. So, what's next for Pizaro's?

"I'm really interested in cracker crust. St. Louis really sparked my interest when I was in San Francisco," Bean says. "If you've ever had Provel cheese, it's like Velveeta — let's not lie. It's super delicious. It kind of melts down the back of your throat. It's so good. That and I think Chicago cracker-thin is what I'm leaning towards. It's more of a Houston palate."

Prior to Bean joining the show, Sandler and co-host Matt Harris discuss the news of the week. Their topics include Common Bond's big plans to add as many as five new locations in the next 12 months, the rumors swirling around Austin restaurant Sway's interest in adding a Houston location, Tex-Mex restaurant Los Tios opening a new flagship in Briargrove, and H-E-B's new outpost in The Heights. In the restaurants of the week section, they share first impressions of Chinese barbecue restaurant Siu Lap City and recently opened Heights restaurant La Vibra Tacos. 

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