Tony C’s brings family recipes, Brooklyn beer scene to Round Rock

Tony C’s Pizza & Beer Backyard is a fusion of Tony C’s coal-fired pizza and Italian classics paired with inspirations from Brooklyn’s beer scene. (Courtesy Tony C’s Pizza & Beer Backyard)

For Tony C’s founders Tony Ciola and Creed Ford IV, the restaurant trade is a household affair.

The Ciola household opened its first restaurant in Virginia Seashore in 1949, earlier than Ciola launched the unique Tony C’s in Bee Collapse 2009. Sixty years separated, a few of his household’s signature Italian recipes will discover their method onto prospects’ plates when the franchise opens its first Spherical Rock location Sept. 24.

“My authentic goals and hopes have been to go play main league baseball, however I injured my shoulder in school so that did not work out too properly,” Ciola mentioned. “After I could not play baseball anymore, it simply appeared just like the pure factor to do.”

Ford’s mother and father met working in eating places whereas his father attended graduate faculty at Texas A&M. His father held a supervisor place on the authentic Chili’s in Dallas, working his method by means of the ranks and retiring as chief working officer of Chili’s mum or dad firm, Brinker Worldwide Inc., within the late 1990s.

“I used to be raised in a Chili’s sales space,” Ford mentioned. “And so rising up, I at all times knew I wished to get into the enterprise.”

Spherical Rock’s Tony C’s Pizza & Beer Backyard contains a new method for the enterprise, impressed by the Brooklyn beer scene. In researching ideas for the Spherical Rock location, Ciola and Ford mentioned it isn’t at all times the associated fee or fanciness of a restaurant that makes it memorable; moderately, it’s the sense of consolation and familiarity discovered inside its 4 partitions.

“You may go to the nicest eating places on the earth and have a great time, however then there’s at all times a couple of locations that draw you again,” Ciola mentioned. “These beer gardens—you possibly can sit there for 4 hours, and also you simply lose monitor of time.”

Tony C’s Pizza & Beer Backyard’s menu will embody greater than 20 Texas craft beers on draft, together with coal-fired pizza and Italian classics. Ciola mentioned his benchmark for figuring out a top quality Italian meal comes right down to the fundamentals.

“Should you do not screw up the meatballs, Caesar salad or cheese pizza, you are going to be doing okay,” he mentioned, laughing.

Tony C’s Pizza & Beer Backyard

3800 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Ste. 140, Spherical Rock | 512-595-7050 |

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