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The Best Pizza Places in Dallas

Texas is often thought of in global culinary circles as the world’s top purveyor of freshly killed meats bathed in spiced sauces and served with a delicious side of simple carbohydrates -- and that's totally accurate. But Dallas, in particular, is more than just a place to get the best cowboy food. Party animals in search of sustenance and slice connoisseurs alike can attest to the fact that this town has an understated wealth of pizza options offered in a wide variety of sizes, styles, and crusts. With that in mind, we’ve broken down the best places to find a pie in and around Dallas, no matter what style you seek.

Eno's Pizza Tavern

Est. 2008 | Bishop Arts

Thin-crust pizza that goes great with a local brew
Pizza and beer go together like a hot cup of coffee and a cool morning. This Bishop Arts favorite serves 14 and 16-inch pies with a delicate, thin crust that crunches loud enough to echo off the pizzeria's bright, naturally lit walls. You should pair the slices with one of the rotating local craft brews, served in full glasses or as flights if you want to sample a bunch.

Cadillac Pizza Pub

Est. 2012 | McKinney

Neighborhood bar meets New York-style, wood-fired pizza
Far too often, bar patrons are forced to leave their stools if they want something more complex to eat than a bag of chips or a handful of pretzels. Not so at this pizza pub on McKinney's downtown square, where the live music and varied beers on tap also come with legit wood-fired slices. Cadillac bakes its tasty New York pizzas made with fresh dough and sauce every day, as well as veggies, herbs, and sausage that come from Texas sources.

Serious Pizza

Est. 2011 | Deep Ellum

Giant slices for the most gigantic, late-night appetites
If you’re in Deep Ellum on a post-show bar-hopping spree, Serious Pizza should be somewhere near your pub-crawl finish line. This culinary staple of Dallas’ live music scene serves up some of the tastiest pies in the neighborhood, and they're also some of the largest -- eating one with your hands requires an almost full extension of your arm.

Cibo Divino

Est. 2015 | West Dallas

Sleek urban grocery crafting mighty-fine pies
Who’d have thought an upscale grocery store could churn out a pizza that’d make you forget you’re in a grocery store in the first place? This sleek, Italian-owned food shop and cafe in Sylvan Thirty boasts an oven straight outta Naples, from which emerge some impeccable pizzas just waiting to be paired with any number of wines on the shop shelves. Build your own pie or dig into classics like the margherita or prosciutto e rucola; just make sure it’s on the patio, where there’s plenty of room for foodie fainting.

Cavalli Pizza

Est. 2007 | McKinney

Neapolitan-approved pizzeria tucked away in the 'burbs
Where there once was a fine-food desert in the manicured outskirts of DFW, there's now a rich vein of pizza gold to be mined. Known for its APN designation certifying it as Naples-authentic, this family-owned spot turns out perfect char-edged pies along with Italian small plates and dessert pizzas that might carb-load you, but won’t overload your wallet. Weekly specials and happy hours are especially kind to your bottom line, but don’t sleep on specialty ‘zas like the aptly meat-laden pie called The Dallas, or the spicy Texas Heat decked out with jalapenos and soppressata.

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Cane Rosso

Est. 2011 | Downtown

Authentic Neapolitan pizza crafted by master chefs  
Pizza doesn’t always have to be a low-key affair where you show up in cargo shorts and a Def Leppard T-shirt. Once in a while, you can dress like you actually care about your wardrobe and go for pizza on the fancier, four-star side without paying a four-star tab. This legendary Italian eatery serves Neapolitan-style pies from a master chef certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, and using only the best ingredients for some of the most mind-altering pizza you’ve ever tasted.

Bona Pizza

Est. 2013 | Preston Hollow

Great, greasy, fairly priced slices where you'd least expect them
Just because you’re in a part of Dallas with some of the highest property tax bills in the whole city doesn’t mean you can’t find a pizza place that won’t leave you penniless. This neighborhood favorite serves up homemade slices that you can fold and scarf down with your hands so that none of the delicious toppings even have a chance of escaping before their place on the slice reaches your lips. They also offer some variety if you’re bored with the traditional red sauce and cheese types like a Greek pizza with feta cheese and the rosemary chicken pizza pie.

Tutta's Pizza

Est. 2016 | West Dallas

Sporty-looking bar serving fancy slices covered with smoked meats
On the other end of the economic spectrum, you don’t have to visit mansion-filled neighborhoods for a fancy slice of pizza. This pizza place stuffed inside a traditional sports bar has some of the meatiest pizza concepts in the entire city, from its Texan pizza (covered with smoked brisket and a signature BBQ sauce) to the Dirty Dough: a smoked-and-pulled pork, chicken, and brisket creation with more meat on it than a football team’s linebacker pool.

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Greenville Avenue Pizza Company

Est. 2007 | Lower Greenville

Friendly neighborhood slice joint with daring toppings
If you’re stumbling out of a rock show at the Grenada and need to work out the ringing in your ears with some chewing, try a slice at this local favorite. The Greenville Avenue staple offers some of the strangest-sounding but nonetheless-delicious pizza recipes using toppings you’ve likely never thought of putting on thin crust pizza. Some of the stranger favorites including the summer BBQ pizz,a with toppings like orange chipotle BBQ sauce, smoked brisket, and dill pickle, or the bacon chicken pizza with a pesto sauce drizzle.

Taverna Rossa

Est. 2012 | Multiple locations

Pizza, cocktails, beer, and live music hit the right note
Artisan pizzas, craft beer, and handmade cocktails converge at this right-neighborly pie place with outposts in Southlake and Plano. Comfort is the name of the game here, and between the eats, drinks, attentive service and comfy vibe, it’s easy to while away the evening in total bliss. Oh, and while you’re going gaga over pies like the honey-and-soppressata-topped Bee’s Knees, settle in for some music: both branches of Taverna Rossa host local music acts on their in-house stage. And live music happens to pair nicely with any of the esteemed beers on the restaurant’s well curated tap list.

Olivella's Neo Pizza Napoletana

Est. 2007 | Multiple locations

Ancient family recipe satisfies modern Dallas appetites
This Italian food stalwart has kept ride-or-die fans coming back since establishing its presence first near SMU, and later in Lakewood, Plano, and Las Colinas. The secret? A classic, secret-family-recipe pizza covered with house-made mozzarella and sauce from imported Italian tomatoes. And that recipe really is a secret: the owners trace their formula's roots back to the third-ever pizzeria to open in Italy.

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Urban Crust

Est. 2007 | Plano

Upscale wood-fired pizza joint with a rooftop ice bar
This spot on the Downtown square takes some gutsy risks with its pizza creations, but they always pay off. For instance, one of its monthly specialty pies called the Boscaiola comes topped with butternut squash, shiitake mushrooms, and Moroccan olives. The combination of toppings and the wood-fired oven will do a pleasant tango on your tongue, and you can wash them down with one of its draft beers (which are always poured at exactly 32 degrees Fahrenheit).

Pizzeria Testa

Est. 2012 | Frisco

A classic Italian spot literally built with 100-year-old bricks
The term “pizza” has been co-opted by just about every civilization since the first pies left Italy way back when. This downtown Frisco spot brings Italian pizza back down to its most essential elements, creating pies that might seem small compared to the usual oversized delivery fare, but pack way more flavor thanks to the fresh ingredients and simple recipes. Fun fact: The exposed bricks in the dining room are all reclaimed and more than a century old.

Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine

Est. 2018 | Multiple locations

All-you-can-eat pizzas for grown folks
Elevating the category from those cardboard pie buffets you used to frequent in college, Delucca presents a grownup take on the all-you-can-eat pizza restaurant. The gaucho element refers to Brazilian churrascarias where diners can pay a flat fee and indulge in all the roasted cuts of beef, pork and sausage they can handle. Here, after an antipasti and soup course, you get to taste all the savory and sweet pizzas your heart desires… and your stomach can handle. The pizzas are mercifully light, though, so you just might get to try a bit of everything if you pace yourself.

Zoli’s NY Pizza 

Est. 2013 | Multiple locations

The minds behind Cane Rosso branch out with New York-style pies
What started as a slice shop along the main drag in Oak Cliff has evolved into full-service restaurants in Addison and Fort Worth, serving whole pies of New York-inspired pizza. Favorites like the thick-crust Grandma pie remain, which you can now enjoy alongside pastrami or meatball sandwiches, a selection of salads, and/or the double cheese-crowned O.D. Burger. It’s not hard to branch out with a wider variety of pizzas, though, from the ricotta-and-honey-featuring Fat Staxx to the jalapeno pesto-laced Christian Pescroni.

ZaLat Pizza

Est. 2015 | East Dallas

You can't do better for a late-night fix
Thankfully, we no longer have to depend on the big pizza restaurant chains for late-night slices, courtesy of night-owl local spots like this East Dallas favorite. Guests can stumble in as late as 2am for a thick slice of pepperoni and mushroom, or something a little more complex like the Pho Shizzle (with chicken, caramelized onions, cilantro, basil, red bell peppers, and a saucy swirl of hoisin and Sriracha). There are a few different locations, and thanks to services like UberEats and Doordash, you can get ZaLat's pies delivered as well.

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Danny Gallagher is a freelance writer who has written for places such as Cracked, Mental Floss, CNET, Esquire, and Maxim. He can be found on the web at www.dannygallagher.net and on Twitter @thisisdannyg.
Farah Fleurima is a contributor for Thrillist.