Food & Drink

The best pizza in 16 different Dallas 'hoods

Published On 10/29/2014 Published On 10/29/2014
Cadillac Pizza Pub
Dough Pizzeria Dallas
Eno's Pizza Tavern
Zoli's NY Pizza Tavenr
Olivella's Neo Pizza Napoletana
Serious Pizza
Cane Rosso
Taverna Dallas
Fireside Pies
Cavalli Pizza
Coal Vines Uptown

Pizzeria Testa
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1. Cadillac Pizza Pub 112 S Kentucky St, McKinney, TX 75069 (Mckinney)

Cadillac Pizza Pub parks specialty pizzas on your table, like Kona Fire Pie (spicy red sauce, turkey canadian bacon, pineapple, house-pickled jalapeño cashews, house-blend mozzarella, and fontina) and the Smokey Pie (sweet Texas BBQ sauce, local smoked brisket, local bacon, white onion, mozzarella, and cheddar).

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2. 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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3. Campisi's Egyptian Lounge 5610 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206 (Northeast Dallas)

Campisi's has been holding down the Dallas Italian scene since 1946, with thin crust pizza cut into rectangular slices. As the story goes, when the Campisi family first bought the Egyptian Lounge to turn it into what would eventually become the godfather of Dallas pizza, it cost too much to change the signage, so the landmark Italian place has confused out-of-towners since the '40s. The interior looks like a banquet hall, with white tablecloths and uniform metal chairs.

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4. Eno's Pizza Tavern 407 N Bishop Ave, Dallas, TX 75208 (Bishop Arts Dist)

A Bishop Arts District pie-slinger with a Local Pie special that is constantly rotating, plus a serious commitment to microbrews, many of them local.

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5. Grimaldi's 3636 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201 (West Village)

Grimaldi's is a mini pizza chain with locations scattered across the country, deemed a favorite by celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Rudy Giuliani. This spot brings New York-style pizza to Dallas's West Village. Feeling hungry? A spicy chicken sausage slice might suffice.

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6. Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern 202 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208

Founded as a rebuttal to fancypants pizza places like Il Cane Rosso, Zoli's serves up authentic NY-style slices in a no-frills storefront with a butt-kickin' back patio.

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7. Olivella's Neo Pizza Napoletana 2340 Victory Park Ln, Dallas, TX 75219 (Victory Park)

Olivella's Neo Pizza Napoletana offers a mouth-watering Margherita pizza, and uses an old family recipe to make their in-house mozzarella and flour.

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8. Serious Pizza 2807 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226 (Deep Ellum)

There's no messin' around when it comes to Serious Pizza. With pies ranging 18" to a whopping 30", these boys know how to do it BIG. Customize your pizza down to the slice and watch them toss it behind the bar while you patiently drool.

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9. 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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10. Taverna 3312 Knox St, Dallas, TX 75205

If the weather complies, snag a seat on the patio at Taverna in Highland Park, and order Salsiccia & Peppers with tomato, mozzarella, sausage, caramelized onions and of course, peppers. Just make sure you’re not face deep in your pizza, which is highly possible because there’s plenty of people watching off of Knox, hence the patio seat.

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11. 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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12. Cavalli Wood Fired Pizza 3601 Regent Blvd, Irving, TX 75063 (Irving)

A family business run by a couple of first-generation Italian-Americans (the Cavallis), this Irving spot's doling out authentic Neapolitan pizza in spades. Crowd pleasing, thin crust pies like the Diavola with peppers, sausage, and jalapenos are made in a 900 degree wood burning oven with imported ingredients from Italy. Cavalli's chill BYOB policy also makes the spot worth checking out.

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13. Urban Crust 1006 E 15th St, Plano, TX 75074 (Plano)

Co-opened by the chef-owner of Daddy Jack's Wood Grill, Urban Crust is a Italian noshery and pizza shop featuring wood-fired pies in a buzzy, club-like space. Urban Crust's first two levels mix copious flat screens and upholstered seating with cues from the 113-year-old building's saddle-shop heritage (exposed beams, chandelier made of copper chains & buggy whips & handmade by the architect). Completely unexpectedly, the third floor's devoted to the "32 Degrees Bar", a sky-lit space sporting a 30ft refrigerated countertop.

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14. Coal Vines 2404 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75201

Coal Vines' owner, Joseph Palladino, wanted to create a friendly, neighborhood restaurant reminiscent of his upbringing in New York -- and he did just that. There’s even a large mural of the Rat Pack on the wall to let you know you’re in the right place. Special attention was given to the wine list, as well as the salads -- the perfect compliments to the pizza you order.

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15. Pizzeria Testa 8660 Church St, Frisco, TX 75034 (Frisco)

Named for the owner's mother's family -- which coincidentally was the name of the official pizza maker for the King of Naples in the days before delivery or DiGiorno -- Testa's doing everything by the book to ensure eventual official Napoletana status (only San Marzano tomatoes, etc) on pies topped with everything from prosciutto crudo to tuna. Pies can also be stretched into a meter-long Metro Mista (divided in four differently topped quarters, BYO man-purse), and they also offer panuozzi: sandwiches comprised of classic combos (caprese, parma, ricotto...) on pizza-dough bread.