Sparrow’s brings a bit of Chicago flavor and diversity to El Paso’s mix of chain and artisan pizza places. It’s a small space with limited table seating but plenty of bar and patio space. Shareable 1.5-inch deep dish pies are made of beer-batter dough, layers of cheese and toppings covered in a perfectly balanced tomato sauce, all fresh and made from scratch daily.
You can create your own, but most will opt for the Meat Eater (pepperoni, sausage, meatball, green and red pepper, mushroom, onion), one of three signature pizzas. A medium 10” serves 2-3 and a large 12” serves 3-4 and takes 35-40 minutes to bake. Those 40 minutes allow you to relax and soak up the atmosphere created by local artwork, a jukebox with photo booth capabilities and an extensive beer and signature spirits menu. Domestic and craft beers are sold by the bottle and on tap, including a couple from Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery.
While you wait, order a salad or appetizer. The Ripple Cheese Balls are four meatballs covered in tomato sauce and melted cheese. If you pass on pizza, choose from six hot subs that come with pasta salad. One called You Talking to Me has sliced chicken, mushrooms, bacon bits, and ham covered, in Alfredo sauce and shredded Parmesan.
Located in one of the newer strip malls on the Far East Side near El Dorado High School and not even a year old, owners already plan to open a downtown location by May.
12798 Edgemere, Ste. D, 915-855-7437, Monday-Thursday and Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m., $5-$27. Vegetarian friendly. For more information, visit www.SparrowsSpiritsandPies.com.