Is there anyone on the planet who doesn’t love pizza? Thankfully, Houston doesn’t have a shortage when it comes to pie style. Here’s a list of the cannot miss places to fill your craving!
Pi Pizza used to churn out creative combinations all over Houston courtesy of their food truck. Now they’re perfectly at home in their location in the Houston Heights where the atmosphere pays homage to the original truck’s punk roots. Don’t worry - you can still expect to find such pizzas as Who's the Mac with mac n cheese and thick cut bacon, Napa Valley Girl with cherries in port wine syrup, gorgonzola dulce, arugula and mozzarella, and the 420 with chili cheese Fritos.
Star Pizza has been cranking out pies since 1976. Because of its reliability and quality ingredients, it stays pretty crowded, so be prepared for some noisy diversion. Although, some prefer thin crust, the thick whole-wheat crust holds up better under a mountain of toppings. Specialty pizzas like the Joe (with spinach and garlic) and the Starburst Deluxe (pepperoni, ground beef, sweet onions and mounds of cheese) are menu mainstays.
Viral Patel always wanted to start an Indian restaurant but couldn't reconcile his love for pizza and Italian food. So why not combine the best of both worlds? The restaurant offers a variety of Indian-Italian-American fusions and sits right on Main Street downtown. Try the Slumdog Pizza for a crazy-delicious infusion of meats, spices, and Bombay sauce.
Serving up New York-style pizza crafted with fresh ingredients and open til the wee hours of the morning, Gotham Pizza has menu items made to make your mouth water. From Greek pizza to a Philly cheesesteak pizza, there's a pizza for every taste bud and with their hours of operation, you can stop by almost any time to try it.
From Revival Market genius chefs Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber, Coltivare Pizza & Garden has become the “it” place to experience Italian/American dishes in Houston. You may have to wait for a table, but the atmosphere of Coltivare’s garden is the perfect setting for a quick chat while you stand by to experience perfectly cooked crust. Toppings like gulf oysters, pancetta, butternut squash and anchovies take this pizza to the next level and make it unlike anything you can find elsewhere.
Dolce Vita transforms the Montrose neighborhood into a pizza haven with its extensive pizza menu. All pizzas are served Italian-style over wood-fired ovens. It's been a Houston favorite for nearly ten years and has been featured in The New York Times and Food & Wine Magazine as one of the best handmade pizzas around. Check out the decadent Taleggio with arugula, pears, taleggio cheese, and truffle oil or the clam pizza with fresh cherry tomatoes and garlic. Don't miss this Houston staple.
This family owned pizzeria has been bringing Houston "a little taste of the Big Apple” since 1980. Many Houstonians have claimed that these locations offer the most authentic New York style pizza in the Bayou City. Grab a slice and decide for yourself. Whatever your opinion, these hand-rolled pies made with only the freshest ingredients never disappoint.
No Houston pizza list would be complete without Frank's. The downtown restaurant staple has been serving a favorite NY style slice for as long as we can remember. Open until 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Frank's is the perfect end to any night out. Be sure to check out their Supreme style - hearty sausage, fresh green peppers, spicy pepperoni and mushrooms, all washed down with a bottle of St. Arnold's.
Pizaro's signature Napoletana pizzas are as much a piece of Italian culture as Houston culture. Serving slices with hand-tossed dough, San Marzano tomatoes, Bufala mozzarella, imported Italian olive oil and other authentic ingredients, Pizaro’s Pizza was one of the first napoletana spots in the city to catch hype. The pizzas are cooked quickly – 90 seconds to be exact - in a 900 degree wood-fired brick oven built in Naples, Italy. Even the mozzarella is made fresh in-house daily.
Offering a variety of from-scratch, fresh ingredient, thin crust pizzas, Pink's is a go-to Houston pizza take-away spot. There is seating at their eight Houston locations for guests who prefer to dine in. This local pizza joint even has a spot at IAH Airport, so if you miss your chance before you leave town, you can still make one last-stitch effort to try it! For the pickier pizza people, Pink's even offers dairy free cheese and gluten free crust. There's something for everyone!