"We're getting a Matchbox?" A guy two cubes down heard me chatting on the phone with a spokesperson from D.C. If you've lived in Washington, or even just visited the place, and muttered the words "where can I get a decent pizza?" you've likely heard the name before. Cube Guy had visited a handful of times over recent years, and I lived in D.C. for more than 10. We both know Matchbox. We're both excited.
The first Matchbox opened up in Chinatown, and now they're all over Maryland, Virginia and California. A recent push for even more locations includes one Matchbox in Dallas' Preston Hollow Village, with the first Texas location opening sometime next year.
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Why do you care? Matchbox makes pretty great pie for one, and their style will fill a pizza-shaped hole in Dallas. Imagine a slightly thicker version of your typical Neapolitan crust — bready enough to hold its shape with a solid crunch and plenty of char. The pizzas are cooked in wood-fired masonry ovens at 800 degrees. I also think I remember burgers in miniature I used to devour six at a time. I'm about as excited for this import as I am about the Amsterdam Falafel shop.
Dallas' Matchbox will be massive, with seating for more than 300 and a sizable patio. It is a perfect fit for Preston Hollow.