Food & Drink

The Best Pizza Places in Dallas

Published On 09/05/2013 Published On 09/05/2013
Americano pizza
Americano | Farah Fleurima

The saucy, cheesy pizza represents one of the best-executed parts of Italian dining in Dallas. Since Cane Rosso planted its flag in the pizza landscape (with pies that measure up to the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana), a wave of new pizza providers has arisen, offering iterations from Chicago deep-dish and thick, pillow-crusted pies to the crisp-yet-tender pizzas fired up in under three minutes. Here are 11 pizzerias worth swooning over with your favorite red wine or brew.

Americano

Downtown

From morning to night, this quirky Main Street spot can ably attend to your pizza needs. The brunch pie -- eggs, cheese and sausage crowning a hearty, bubble-edged crust -- will wake you up better than any alarm, and classics like the margherita, four-mushroom pizza, and a must-have pie with guanciale, potatoes, and taleggio are craveable enough to be included on morning and dinner menus.

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CiboDivino Marketplace

West Dallas

Every pizza place claims its product as “authentic Italian,” but how many of them have an actual, authentic Sicilian at the helm? That’s the edge that this Sylvan Thirty grocery/restaurant boasts, in chef-owner Daniele Puleo. He keeps the toppings simple, and they’re added to the thin, tender handcrafted crust just before a five-minute spin in a brick oven... which is also Italian. Now all you need is a bottle of wine from the Puleo’s curated selection (or even one from his own label), and it’s buon appetito.

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The Theodore

Park Cities

Don’t let the whimsical interior or modern American cuisine highlights distract you from the pizza category on the menu. You can make your own, pick a classic like meatballs & ricotta on the kitchen's crisp, hand-tossed dough, or try something different, like the pepperoni, garlic, and celery pizza. The latter, like the kitsch-filled restaurant’s interior design inspiration – director Wes Anderson (think bright colors and symmetry, as if there's some Tenenbaums' portraits missing) – is unusual in a wondrous way.

SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza

Dallas (& other locations)

Among the speed-pizza chains to land in Dallas over the last few years, this Kansas City import is our favorite, and it’s not just because of the minimal oven time. In addition to pies served on puffy-crusted dough with an ideal crunchy-to-chewy ratio, SPIN! has wine, salads, chef-crafted starters like lemon ricotta dip and Calabrian shrimp formaggi, and calzones on offer, as well as that most magnificent of post-pizza palate cleansers: gelato.

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Gino's East

Bachman Lake (& Arlington)

This Chicago icon has done so nice, they’ve done it twice. After proving a hit in Arlington with its signature deep-dish pizzas, Gino’s East opened a Dallas location to provide more sauce-crowned, super-cheesy pies to the masses. Though it’s not quite up to par with the Windy City original, Gino's has most pizza fanatics agreeing they're happy to have a slice of Chicago around the corner.

Olivella's

East Dallas (& other locations)

Two types of pizza are showcased at every branch of this family-owned favorite: Neapolitan like you know and love, and the restaurant's signature Roman-style pies: uber-thin-crust pizzas that Olivella’s claims to be one of the few spots in the country to make. That alone is totally worth a visit, and the legendary white truffle and black truffle pies sure sweeten the deal. But which crust rules? Gather some friends, order a few of both and hash it out over some vino..

Cane Rosso

Cane Rosso

Deep Ellum (& other locations)

No best pizza list would be complete without owner Jay Jerrier’s well-loved eatery that took Dallas’ Neapolitan pizza game to the next level. How next-level? The cuisine here is led by an Italy-certified Master Pizzaiolo who uses only San Marzano tomatoes, dough made with imported flour and house-pulled mozzarella. Pies like the Cacio e Pepe and the soppressata marmalade-lined Palinka then get a turn in the scorching wood-fire oven (note the slight char on the tender crust) before being delivered to your face.

Dough

Dough Pizzeria Napoletana

Preston Hollow

Thank your San Antonio stars that our southerly neighbor sent us this Neapolitan craft pizza concept that also showcases a ton of terrific charcuterie. Now we get to enjoy burrata, antipasti, and salumi alongside a slew of thin-crust pies like the spicy Puttanesca and swine-centric Pork Love featuring fresh and locally sourced components. Toast our collective good fortune with Dough’s carefully selected wine list.

Fireside Pies

Fireside Pies

East Dallas (& other locations)

Fireside Pies is like the favorite sweater of craft pizza joints: you may venture out with other sweaters, but you always return to your comfy option for a reason. It’s just so damn good and reliable. You’ve tried almost every pie on the menu, from the Premium Meats to the PETA Pie and everything in between, and they’ll always keep you coming back for more.

Lakewood Smokehouse

Lakewood

Hear us out on this selection: the East Dallas sibling to Frisco barbecue hub 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House whips up some irresistible pies, especially if you go with the brisket-topped Smokehouse. And -- bonus! -- pizzas are half off during happy hour, which frees up some dineros for you to dive into the craft beer list in this laid-back joint with an urban-country feel.

Taverna Rossa

Taverna Rossa

Plano (& Southlake)

Texas meets Italy at this full-service pizza restaurant in the northern 'burbs, thanks to plates like the TX Lasagna, featuring beef braised in local Lakewood Temptress beer, and the All-American, a meaty pie starring local bacon and Italian sausage from beloved Dallas chef Brian C. Luscher. The pizza crusts are thin, the meatballs are saucy, and the music is live on select nights.

Matchbox

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Preston Hollow

Beneath this eatery’s gastro-tavern sheen of unique salads, sandwiches, and shareables, there’s a terrific slate of pizzas. Classics like the matchbox meat and chicken pesto should tantalize traditionalists, though everyone should venture into artisanal pizza territory with the prosciutto & Turkish fig pie, or the white pizza with whipped roasted garlic cream sauce.

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Farah Fleurima is a Dallas-based freelance food writer who is equally worth swooning over with your favorite red wine. Consider varietal options while perusing her blog, The Dallas Diva, and follow her on Twitter at @TheDallasDiva.

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1. Americano 1530 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201 (Downtown)

Americano, the casual Italian restaurant in the Joule Hotel, is simple in its dishes and its design. It’s got everything you’d expect from a contemporary Italian menu: handmade pasta, Neapolitan pizza, house-cured charcuterie, and whole-grilled fish. And the cocktail list has an Italian bent to match -- think Negroni on draft and Americano served three ways. Open at 11am every day, Americano dishes out its Italian roots to diners for brunch, lunch, and dinner.

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2. CiboDivino Marketplace 1868 Sylvan Ave, D100, Dallas, TX 75208 (Oak Cliff)

This wine bar/grocery store/market place offers both the ingredients to prepare classic Italian food at home and a wide variety of prepared dishes available when dining in. Wood fired pizza, deli sandwiches, and fresh baked pastries are what's on the menu; pair them with a large glass of vino from CiboDivino's extensivem well-curated wine list.

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3. The Theodore 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75225 (North Dallas)

Founded by the chef Tim Byres, the man behind Dallas mainstays Bolsa and Smoke, The Theodore serves New American small plates that aim to please. You’ll forget you’re at the mall as you knock back drinks from the unbeatable bar menu at this quaint and quirky destination. The inspiration here is a cross between Teddy Roosevelt and Wes Anderson, and the patio is a cool mix of dainty wrought-iron tables and rugged wooden high-top tables.

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4. Spin! Neapolitan Pizza 5627 Smu Blvd, Dallas, TX 75206

This Dallas by way of Kansas City fast-casual mini chain cooks up aristanal, wood fired pizza alongside flavor-packed salads and bistro appetizers. The menu offers plenty of different kinds of pies (a Bianca white pie, Tre Carni, or three meats; and traditional red sauce) with a perfect crust to topping ratio that'll keep you satisfied. Also on offer at Spin: the most magnificent of post-pizza palate cleansers, gelato.

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5. Olivella's 3406 McFarlin Blvd, Dallas, TX 75205 (Smu)

This Dallas pizza mini-chain serves super thin crust Roman style pizza and offers mouthwatering specials like their Rustica pie with sausage & bell pepper over house-made mozzarella. A great spot to bring a group, order a pitcher of sangria and hang out on their spacious patio.

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6. Gino's East Dallas 10310 Lombardy Ln, Dallas, TX 75220 (North Dallas)

This Chicago pizza chain feels right at home in Dallas but because everything is bigger in Texas, including deep dish. Gino's Bachman Lake location serves its trademark thick and delicious pan pizzas, piled high with cheese and toppings of your choice. Italian comfort food fare (chicken parm, fettuccine Alfredo) are also on the menu.

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7. Cane Rosso 2612 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226 (Deep Ellum)

This Texas pizza chainlet (it has locations across the Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston areas) serves quality Neapolitan pies that stick to the rules of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, aka Neapolitan pizza's governing body. There are a ton of pizzas to choose from, from standard marinara and margherita to the Paulie Gee, an ode to the eponymous Brooklyn pizzeria. The menu also includes Italian sandwiches and a few pasta dishes. Ranch dressing lovers beware: owner Jay Jerrier has famously banned diners from ordering it on the side.

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8. Dough Pizzeria Napoletana 11909 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX 75230 (North Dallas)

Thank your San Antonio stars that our southerly neighbor sent us this craft pizza concept. This Preston Hollow pizzeria is heavily influenced by Italian traditional cooking techniques; guided by the very particular 'Specialita Traditionale Garantita Napoletana' pizza credo, they cook their pies at 800 degrees for 90 seconds in a dome-like, wood-burning, stone-floored oven. The result is truly delicious.

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9. Fireside Pies Henderson Ave. 2820 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206 (Lower Greenville)

Fireside Pies is a cozy neighborhood spot, dishing out artisanal slices, alongside a full bar. Reliable and affordable, Fireside is like the favorite sweater of craft pizza joints: you may venture out with other sweaters, but you always return to your comfy option for a reason. The Burrata Pesto Pie, with balsamic chicken and prosciutto, is a guaranteed good choice.

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10. Lakewood Smokehouse 1901 Abrams Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75214 (Lakewood)

Lakewood Smokehouse is a neighborhood spot, serving BBQ and other Texas fare in a low-key locale. While perhaps best known for its smoked brisket, wings, and sizably portioned bar food, Lakewood's BBQ influenced pizzas are worth checking out. The brisket-topped Smokehouse pie (swoon) is half off during happy hour... score!

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11. Taverna Rossa Craft Pizza & Beer 4005 Preston Rd, Plano, TX 75093 (Plano)

Texas meets Italy at this gourmet Plano pie shop. Crispy, thin crust pizzas come topped with hot smoked meats, cracked pepper and Tex-Mex spices. Amped up reinventions of traditional Italian pasta dishes (brisket lasagna) are also on the menu. Live music and a wide selection of bourbon cocktails make this a great spot for happy hour.

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12. matchbox american kitchen + spirit 7859 Walnut Hill Ln, Dallas, TX 75230

This modern American eatery in the Preston Hollow Village shops is a cozy choice for brunch. Decorated with a rustic wraparound porch dotted with high-top tables, cushy sofas, and mini-fireplaces, you can also opt to hang out on the outside portion of the double-sided bar, and people watch. Menu favorites include a Bloody Mary burger and cast-iron cinnamon rolls.

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