Tosca

It was a sad day for El Paso when Sunset Pizzeria closed its doors, but at least diners had Tosca to look forward to. The owners of Tosca worked closely with Sunset’s owner and kitchen staff to replicate, and then reinvent, the recipes in a different setting. The menu has been expanded to include appetizers, more sandwiches, pastas and desserts. The result is a larger, different menu that combines flavors to reflect our city’s diverse culture.

With so many affordable menu items, you’ll find it difficult to decide on one dish. The unique sandwich selection overshadows the pizza offerings, and each comes with roasted potatoes or red cabbage salad. The Mojo Jojo Panini has flank steak, green chilis, fresh mozzarella and lemon parsley mojo. The Vegan Pita has romesco, homemade hummus, greens and vegan tzatziki (which includes yogurt) on homemade pita bread. Tosca excels at creating zippy, flavorful condiments and sauces that make each sandwich notable.

Any kinks that might have been present when Tosca first opened have been worked out and the pizza crust now tastes more similar to Sunset’s. Diners can expect to see a selection of beer, wine and espresso drinks in September.

4017 N. Mesa, 915-532-2700. Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Price Range: $5-$9. Vegetarian and vegan friendly. For more visit www.toscapizzeria.com or facebook.com/toscapizzeria.

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