TYPES OF PIZZAS POPULAR IN HOUSTON
Pizza is, for many people, the ultimate comfort food. It can be a simple and straightforward slice of pepperoni with plenty of mozzarella. But pizza is also very versatile–in Houston, you can find traditional Neapolitan pizzas made with buffallo mozzarella, parmesan, and tomatoes. Of course, there’s also New York-style pizza, the thin crust that most people recognize, or Chicago-style deep dish, a deep dish pizza filled to the brim with cheese and sauce. You can even find Detroit-style pizza, a kind of square-shaped deep-dish pan pizza with crispy edges. In addition to those, you can find thin crust, woodfired pizzas with a nice crunch to the crust–and that’s all before we even get into the toppings. In short, there are a lot of ways to enjoy pizza, and we’ve put together a list of the best Houston pizzerias to point you in the right direction.
TOP PIZZERIAS IN HOUSTON – 10 BEST PIZZA PLACES
1. STAR PIZZA
courtesy Bollo Woodfired Pizza
Star Pizza is best known for its Chicago-style pizza, although you can order standard New York-style pizza here, as well. The deep dish pizza will be served in a pan with a spatula for you to serve yourself. Expect plenty of carbs, cheese, and meat. The Italian sausage is a standout, and customers can opt for either white or whole-wheat crusts. Ranch fan are also in for a treat with in-house ranch dressing on offer.
Where: 2111 Norfolk St, Houston, TX 77098
2. VINNY’S PIZZA
courtesy Vinny’s Pizza
For a bready crust and fun mix of toppings, Vinny’s Pizza is the perfect choice. Try the Meatzilla, with beef, fatback bacon, Italian sausage, and provolone cheese or the Maui Wowie, with prosciutto, roasted pineapple, pickled jalapeño, mozzarella and provolone. There are also some tasty appetizers, including meatballs with sourdough breadcrumbs and sweet chili sauce called spaceballz and wings in Korean barbecue sauce.
Where: 1201 St Emanuel St, Houston, TX 77003
3. BOLLO WOODFIRED PIZZA
courtesy Bollo Woodfired Pizza
Get the full woodfired experience at Bollo Woodfired Pizza, with blistered, charred crust and a smoky flavor in every pie. You can go red or white and be equally satisfied here–the restaurant is known for its buffalo mozzarella and pesto sauces. You can go with imported classic like prosciutto di Parma or local Texas Wagyu beef. Roasted red bell peppers and goat cheese also make appearances on the menu here, so you can choose from quite a few flavor combinations.
Where: 2202 W Alabama St A, Houston, TX 77098
4. ROMANO’S PIZZA
courtesy Rob S. via Yelp
Romano’s Pizza is all about classic New York-style pizza. Expect thin-crust, cheesy pizza served by the slice or the pie. The crust is baked in-house daily and can be paired with the usual options such as pepperoni, Italian sausage, and feta cheese. You can also try the Sicilian-style deep dish, a square deep dish that comes in cheese, meat, veggie, and special toppings options.
Where: 1528 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019
5. PIZARO’S PIZZA NAPOLETANA
courtesy Pizaro’s Pizza Napoletana
Pizaro’s Pizza Napoletana serves traditional Neapolitan-style pizza, Detroit-style deep dish, and New-York style thin crust. It’s one of the pizzerias in Houston with a huge variety of options, and it makes it hard not to keep going back just to see how many different combinations you can make. Try the different red and white bases as well as the different cheese options, including three kinds of mozzarella, and meats such as Iberico de Bellota, Sopressata, and ghost pepper sausage.
Where: 1020 W Gray St Ste 400, Houston, TX 77019
6. LUNA PIZZERIA
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Luna Pizzeria is a fun place to go and get pizza with friends or family. You can pick up a personal 9-inch pizza for $10 and enjoy a pizza customized all to yourself at a pretty reasonable price. There are preset options like margherita and spicy andouille, but you can also build your own pizza with choices like the hot honey drizzle, whipped ricotta, mortadella, and even a vegan meat substitute.
Where: 3435 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098
7. FRANK’S PIZZA
courtesy Frank’s Pizza
Located on one corner of Market Square Park, Frank’s Pizza has been around for a few decades now. The menu is made up of basics like cheese and pepperoni, and those are definitely worth going for. Frank’s is open late, and there’s nothing that hits the spot quite like a big slice of plain cheese pizza from an old-school pizza parlor at 3 a.m. Still, if you’re looking for something more, try the Chicken Bacon Ranch, which comes with ranch dressing instead of marinara and is topped with bacon and chicken. You can also check out the Chicken Fiesta, which comes with fajita chicken, queso, and jalapeños.
Where: 417 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002
Coltivare is a rustic Italian restaurant with plenty of pasta and salad offerings as well as pizza. When it comes to pizza, this restaurant errs on the side of simple but sophisticated. Try the tomato, basil, and mozzarella pizza or the revival pepperoni with greens and parmesan. If you feel like being more adventurous, try the braised duck pizza with smoked mozzarella, peppers, and pink peppercorn.
Where: 3320 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007
9. BOH PASTA & PIZZA
courtesy BOH Pasta & Pizza
BOH Pasta & Pizza is one of the more unusual pizzerias in Houston in that it doesn’t offer New York-, Chicago-, or even Detroit-style pizza–it offers Roman-style pizza. The four-sided pizza, known as pizza el taglio, is made with a crisp fermented dough and is modeled after Italian street food. Then, you can order the light, airy slices with ingredients like mushrooms and truffles, fennel sausage and piquillo pepper, or four different kinds of salami and hot honey.
Where: 409 Travis St suite A-365, Houston, TX 77002
10. BROTHER’S PIZZERIA
courtesy Evan Charles C. via Yelp
One of the older pizzerias in Houston, Brother’s Pizzeria has 40 years of pizza-making experience. Because it’s been around a while, this restaurant knows how to make a really delicious New York-style slice. Each one is only $2.50. Of course, you can opt for a full-size pizza instead; sizes here go up to 18-inch pies. Or you can try one of the other options on the menu, such as one of the sub sandwiches, a calzone, or a stromboli. Basically, anything you might want from an old-school pizza parlor, you can get at Brother’s pizzeria.
Where: 3820 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77018
Originally printed in HoustononTheCheap.com