Il Cane Rosso's S'mores Calzone Combines Everything You Love Into One Decadent Thing.

Welcome to Look At This Fucking Dish, our new recurring feature highlighting the craziest, most decadent dishes found in and around Dallas. It's pretty much exactly what it sounds like.

S'mores Calzone.
Il Cane Rosso.
Two locations (2612 Commerce Street in Deep Ellum and 7328 Gaston Avenue by White Rock Lake).

Listen: If the name of this dish alone doesn't pique your interest, then the smell and sheer size of this sucker will bring to your knees. And that's before we even start talking about how it tastes.

The S'mores Calzone is a behemoth of a dessert served up by the culinary conquistadors at Il Cane Rosso, who have become highly regarded in Dallas for their mastery of the Neapolitan pizza style. It goes without saying: These guys have pizza making down to a science — so much so that they've now even transitioned into other pizza styles as if it were no big thing.

But, in this case, it's their dessert offering that's captured our attention.

The dish is as simple as the name suggests: It's a calzone stuffed with s'mores ingredients. More specifically, it is a slab of pizza dough topped with chocolate chips and marshmallows, then folded over and glazed with olive oil and granulated sugar. Next, the entire monster is baked at volatile temperatures inside one of the restaurants Italian-imported ovens until golden brown. Once it's reached its full-melted gooey perfection, it's sliced and topped with a generous amount of powdered sugar and served.

“We started doing this almost immediately,” says Jay Jerrier, owner and pizza master of Il Cane Rosso.

Jerrier, who ditched a corporate job for a chance to follow his culinary dreams, says that the dish was born in 2008 when he saw a restaurant out in New York post a photo in the blogosphere of a dessert calzone. That dish, which grabbed his attention almost immediately, featured ricotta cheese and a helping of Nutella wrapped up in pizza dough.

Says Jerrier: “It just looked like a s'more, so I thought, 'What if we just tried chocolate and marshmallows inside the calzone instead?'”

It's a question we're glad he asked. Like, so glad.

And it didn't take long for Jerrier and his associates to find the right answer to his query. Long before he even opened his first restaurant in Deep Ellum, he started playing with different recipes for the treat inside of the mobile kitchen in which he got his start. It was in that food truck that the ingredients began to fall into place. And, thus, the S'mores Calzone was born.

Once you get passed the powder sugar coating, the first thing you taste with this dish is the perfectly baked dough that retains a bit of a crunch. Then you hit a doughy inner layer, followed by the rich — borderline dark — melted chocolate that combines beautifully with the decadent marshmallows. It's a perfect storm of decadence.

And, no, it's not the neatest dessert one could ask for — the powdered sugar gets everywhere, and the inner goo freely oozes outside of the dessert's individual slices — it's definitely one of the better after-dinner delights we've event seen at a pizza joint. That's for damned sure.

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