Pizzeria Toro is now open in downtown Durham's Five Points area.
Chef-owner Gray Brooks brings some serious pizza-making credentials having worked for five years as the chef at Seattle's Serious Pie. That restaurant is owned by James Beard award-winning restaurateur Tom Douglas. Brooks worked for Douglas for a total of 12 years.
Here's how they describe Pizzeria Toro's pizza: "The low-yeast, high-hydration dough is slow fermented and proofed for at least 24 hours before adding high quality fresh ingredients including house made sausage and artisanal meats and cheeses. The combination of an eight-inch ceramic oven floor and the high radiant heat from the fire gives Pizzeria Toro's crust a crispiness with still a good amount of chew."
Brooks, who grew up in Durham, operates the restaurant with his wife, Cara Stacy, and Jay Owens, who together oversee the front of house. Stacy recently managed at Ma'ono in Seattle, and Owens managed the front of house at several of Douglas ' Seattle eateries including Lola, Palace Kitchen, Etta's and Seatown.
Pizzeria Toro is open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily and is located at 105 E. Chapel Hill St. For more information, go to www.pizzeriatoro.com.