Pizza. It's what's for dinner. And lunch. And dessert. And breakfast the next day. Even when it's bad, it's still pretty good. And when it's great, it's transcendent. Because you should always aspire to the transcendent, here are the best pizzas in 16 different DFW neighborhoods:
Cadillac Pizza Pub (address and info)
This neighborhood Downtown McKinney pub features live music, ice-cold beer, and delicious wood-fired pizza. Stop in on the weekends and order the "Original Supreme" with all-natural red sauce, pepperoni, local Texas sausage, Canadian bacon, fresh mushroom, black olives, white onion bell peppers, and house-blend mozzarella. Don’t consume too many slices, or someone might mistake you for an actual Cadillac.
Dough Pizzeria Napoletana (address and info)
Owners Doug and Lori Horn serve up authentic Neapolitan-style pizza in a warm and friendly neighborhood atmosphere. Cozy yourself up to a small table, order a glass of Italian red, and pair it with their classic Margherita pizza, made with fresh house-pulled mozzarella, tomato sauce, Parmigiano-Reggiano. and Bluebonnet Farms basil. Resist the urge to hum the Cheers theme song as you leave.
Campisi’s (address and info)
Go for lunch, dine-in, find yourself the darkest booth you can, play some Dean Martin on the table-top juke box, and order the Muffaletta Pizza with salami, Canadian bacon, and olive spread. Skip the lunch martini, though; just because it feels like 1961 inside, doesn't mean your boss will share the same sentiments.
Eno’s Pizza Tavern (address and info)
Eno’s never disappoints -- unless of course you happen to visit on a Monday when they’re closed... so don’t do that. But do order the Eno’s Original, with mushroom, garlic, oven-roasted tomato, sport pepper, and salami. You can thank us later.
Grimaldi’s (address and info)
The coal-fired, brick-oven-baked pizza at Grimaldi's has a distinct and crisp taste. There are locations scattered across the US, but if you’re in Uptown, then this is a must-try. Keep it simple and order the large white with garlic. Frank Sinatra apparently frequented the original location, and who can argue with The Chairman of The Board about pizza? No one. Because he's dead.
Zoli’s NY Pizza (address and info)
If you’re looking for straight-ahead New York-style pizza, then this is your spot. Especially if you're craving it by the slice -- yes, just like the one you had when you visited NYC on a college budget. Order the NY slice, devour it, and then promise to hit the gym tomorrow.
Olivella's Neo Pizza Napoletana (address and info)
After watching Dirk score at American Airlines Center, walk over to Olivella's Neo Pizza and score yourself a mouth-watering Margherita pizza. To make their in-house mozzarella and flour, Olivella's uses an old family recipe that dates back to Naples, Italy (the birthplace of pizza). It’s also one few pizzerias that makes both Southern and Northern Italian pizza styles -- Neapolitan (thin) and Roman (super-thin).
Serious Pizza (address and info)
It’s a proven fact that pizza becomes better after a long night out. If you need the proof, stop into Serious Pizza in Deep Ellum and order a New York-style by the slice. It’s science. Seriously.
Cane Rosso (address and info)
Inside there’s a sign that reads, "Side of delicious ranch dressing, $1,000". Why? Cane Rosso doesn’t need dressing to make their Neapolitan, wood-fired pizza palatable. It stands on its own two feet. Pop in on Wednesdays when they have BYOB night; just make sure at the end of the night you’ll be able to stand on your own two feet.
Taverna (address and info)
If the weather complies, snag a seat on the patio 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).
Fireside Pies (address and info)
Visit the original cottage location off historic Henderson and consume honest-to-goodness, wood-fired pizza greatness. Start off with a salad for two (or one, if you’re alone) and then order the "Triple 'Roni" with pepperoni, mozzarella, basil, and truffle oil. The weekends can get crowded, so get there early.
Cavalli Pizza (address and info)
The Cavallis, who are first-generation Americans, opened this pizzeria hell-bent on creating the perfect pizza. Most will agree that they succeeded, including the Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani (APN), which certifies companies who meet the authenticity and quality standards for true Neapolitan pizza. Order any pizza on the menu.
Coal Vines (address and info)
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, which are the perfect complements to the perfectly cooked pizza you’re about to order.
Urban Crust (address and info)
When you walk into this historic Downtown building, you might think you’re in Brooklyn; but in fact, you’re in Plano. If that’s not enough to please (or enrage?) you, there’s a bar upstairs called 32 Degrees that serves up ice-cold Italian beer by the pint. Now you can have a beer and pizza belly.
Pizzeria Testa (address and info)
Who said you can’t get authentic wood-fired pizza Napoletana in the suburbs? Everyone did, but then Pizzeria Testa opened to rave reviews and satisfied pizza connoisseurs. Try the Salsiccia with San Marzano tomatoes, fresh Mozzarella, basil, extra virgin olive oil, and sausage.
BellaTrino's Food Truck (address and info)
When you have a sudden craving for pizza, you might feel a certain panic come over you. Keep calm, and look for the BellaTrino food truck. It’s DFW’s first wood-fired pizza truck. You can check their schedule online, or if you need it all to yourself, you can book the whole truck. Try the Bella Margherita with San Marzano tomatoes, Mozzarella di Bufala, basil, extra virgin olive oil, and sea salt.
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1. Cadillac Pizza Pub112 S Kentucky St, McKinney
2. Dough Pizzeria Napoletana11909 Preston Rd., Dallas
3. Campisi's Egyptian Lounge5610 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas
4. Eno's Pizza Tavern407 N Bishop Ave, Dallas
5. Grimaldi's3636 McKinney Ave, Dallas
6. Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern202 W Davis St, Dallas
7. Olivella's Neo Pizza Napoletana2340 Victory Park Ln, Dallas
8. Serious Pizza2807 Elm St, Dallas
9. Cane Rosso2612 Commerce St, Dallas
10. Taverna3312 Knox St, Dallas
11. Fireside Pies Henderson Ave.2820 N Henderson Ave, Dallas
12. Cavalli Wood Fired Pizza3601 Regent Blvd, Irving
13. Urban Crust1006 E 15th St, Plano
14. Coal Vines2404 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas
15. Pizzeria Testa8660 Church St, Frisco
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.