Food & Drink International - Winter 2017, Volume 2 - 90
Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro
>> Pizza is the star attraction, but Matchbox's supporting cast
of mini burgers and chef-driven bistro fare helps set it apart
from the competition.
nature pepperoni, spicy roasted Italian
sausage and crispy bacon on top of
zesty tomato sauce. Matchbox has 14
different types of signature pizzas or
guests can create their own by picking
from a variety of ingredients.
A house specialty is a spicy "fire
+ smoke" pizza with fire-roasted red
peppers, Spanish onions, chipotle pepper tomato sauce, roasted garlic puree, mozzarella and fresh basil. Then
there's a pepperoni and banana peppers pizza with crushed tomatoes and
While pizza is the star attraction,
Matchbox's supporting cast of mini
burgers and chef-driven bistro fare
helps set it apart from the competition.
"We also have a growing selection of
appetizers and salads due to responses
received from our guests," Lyons says.
"We have anything from a simple green
salad to composed salads featuring layers of flavor. Everything we do is done
Featured salads include an apple and
pear salad with candied pecans, and an
almond-crusted and seared tuna salad
with spinach, arugula, chopped hardboiled egg and potato croutons with a
Matchbox's wedge salad features artisan romaine kissed with a white balsamic vinaigrette that helps cut through
the richness of the creamy Danish blue
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cheese. All menu items are innovative
recipes developed by Matchbox chefs
in collaboration with Lyons and created with fresh ingredients. Matchbox
restaurants often change certain menu
items to bring in new and exciting flavors. They may also adjust the menu to
suit local tastes.
"We consider ourselves a food group
- focusing on the hospitality side of
the restaurant business," Lyons says.
"We will look at tweaking our menu
depending on location. For example,
Texans really want salad and in Florida
there's a huge interest in appetizers and
burgers so we'll grow those categories
more. We pay attention to what our
Each restaurant has a general manager, executive chef, sous chef and supporting supervisors and managers for
the kitchen and dining rooms.
It wouldn't be a party without beer and
spirits. Matchbox is especially known