Food & Drink

The Best Pizza Places in San Antonio

Michelle Burgess Published On 09/01/2015 Published On 09/01/2015
Dough
Courtesy of Dough Pizzeria Napoletana

Pizza lovers (aka human beings) in SA need not concern themselves with the geographic reality that we’re 1,800 miles from the pizza epicenter in NYC. The Alamo City may be better known for other cuisines, but these 11 destinations prove that we can unquestionably hold our own when it comes to pizza as well.

 

Dough Pizzeria Napoletana

Castle Hills

The ingredient list is simplicity itself: imported buffalo mozzarella, tomato sauce, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and locally sourced basil. But in the right hands and wood-fired oven, magic ensues. Mention pizza and San Antonio in the same sentence to anyone who knows the food scene here and one name consistently comes out on top. Since 2007, Dough has brought expertly crafted Naples-style pizza to the Alamo City, along the way becoming an integral part of its community. Believe the hype -- Dough is the real deal.

MAAR's Pizza & More

Northeast

The ingredients are fresh, the crust is appropriately doughy on top and crispy on the bottom, and the value is tremendous. MAAR’s won’t win any prizes for interior decorating, but the genuine friendliness of staff more than makes up for it. The menu is huge -- most of the non-pizza items are standard deep-fried fare -- but pizza is clearly the star. The Moon is a straightforward margherita -- tomatoes, mozzarella, olive oil, and spices -- deftly prepared and satisfying.

Capos Pizza

Capos Pizza

North Central

Owned by a Buffalo native, Capos is essentially a one-man show. The New York-style pizza is made with fresh ingredients and baked in a deck oven, which looks kind of like a Craftsman tool chest, and it churns out some pretty spectacular pies. The restaurant is bare-bones, the prices are great, and the owner makes it a point to greet every customer who comes through the door. It’s a neighborhood joint whose charms have convinced plenty of fans from the far reaches of SA to make the drive.

Trilogy Pizza

Stone Oak

The pizza menu offers a trilogy of styles -- New York, Chicago deep dish, and California wheat crust -- giving diners a pretty broad variety. And the best part is that Trilogy manages to pull off each type without compromising on authenticity. The Farmers Market is a new pie, and while not exactly light, it provides a fresh take when you’re just not feeling the pepperoni. Made with garlic-infused olive oil, mozzarella, feta, chicken, spinach, tomatoes, zucchini, and artichokes, it is truly elevated by the unique, fresh sauce.

Julian's Italian Pizzeria & Kitchen

North Central

This square, Sicilian-style Padrone serves four and is the house specialty. It piles on the Mediterranean flavors and has developed a fiercely loyal following. But if you’re in the mood for something different in the way of toppings, you’re in luck, as the selection is expansive. Prices are reasonable, especially at lunch, and the real Julian works hard to ensure fast and friendly service.

Stella Public House

Stella Public House

Southtown

Because Stella is in Southtown and its pizzas are all pretty artisan-leaning, does that make it a hipster joint? Perhaps, but with food this good, even the most mustache-averse diners won’t mind. Stella strives to be thoughtful in its dishes (using locally sourced ingredients), and it shows. Traditionalists need not fear, however; it makes a pepperoni pie that’s just as good as its sausage & kale offering.

Big Lou's Pizza

Eastside

Grab a few friends, or a soccer team, or your wedding party, and go chow down on one of Big Lou’s giant pizzas. Sure, it’s a gimmick, but this isn’t just an oversized monstrosity -- it’s a delicious oversized monstrosity. Big Lou’s is a fun, lively place, even for smaller parties who opt for standard-size pizzas.

Sapore's Pizza

Northwest

This strip-mall eatery is cozy -- or cramped, depending on whether or not you’re a glass half full kind of person -- but big on flavor. The owner hails from Naples and arrived in SA by way of New York City, so his pizza cred is real. Also, don’t skip dessert; the cannoli and tiramisu are homemade and fabulous.

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Gallo Pizzeria

Prospect Hill

This mom-and-pop pizzeria aims to please. Gluten-free? No problemo -- it can accommodate. Need a little more kick in your pie? It's got you covered with the El Diablo, a ghost pepper-, habanero-, and jalapeño-topped concoction that’s right at home here in our spicy city. But those seeking to take a walk on the milder side turn to the Al Greco topped with feta, black olives, and gyro meat.

Carroni's Purple Garlic

Alamo Heights

Beer on tap and a comfy patio with a sandbox for kids are two of CPG’s draws. But truly, even without these accouterments, Cerroni’s shines. Regulars sing the praises of the pasta dishes, paninis, and other sandwiches, but Cerroni’s is no slouch in the pizza department. The offerings range from super traditional to gourmet, but all share a consistently perfect crust and are served by some of the friendliest folks around.

Poppys Pizza

Castle Hills

This Castle Hills pizzeria is a classic, old-school joint that boasts the traditional choices: wings, pastas, salads and, of course, hot, New York-style mega pies. The Meat Special is a favorite, weighted down with pepperoni, sausage, beef, and Canadian bacon, but, for lunch, grab Poppys' buffet, which may just be the best deal in SA: for $8.95, you can snag slices, load up on pastas, and  stay (semi) healthy with a salad. 


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Michelle Burgess is a San Antonio writer. She walks the streets of her neighborhood nightly, trying to appear casual as she peers into strangers' windows for design ideas. Follow her @MishiBurg.

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1. Dough Pizzeria Napoletana 6989 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216 (Olmos Park)

Dough Pizzeria is owned by husband-and-wife team Doug and Lori Horn, and is known for serving the best wood-fired pizza in town. The ingredient list is simplicity itself: imported buffalo mozzarella, tomato sauce, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and locally sourced basil. Menu highlights include the house-made mozzarella and burrata bar, and a truly memorable Margherita pie.

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2. MAAR's Pizza & More 14218 Nacogdoches Rd, San Antonio, TX 78247

While this place may look like just any old pizza parlor, don't be fooled. The ingredients are fresh and the dough is perfectly prepared to create a crispy bottom and puffy top. The menu is huge -- most of the non-pizza items are standard deep-fried fare -- but pizza is clearly the star. The Moon is a straightforward margherita -- tomatoes, mozzarella, olive oil, and spices -- deftly prepared and satisfying.

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3. Capos Pizza 17676 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78232

Owned by a Buffalo native, Capos is essentially a one-man show. The New York-style pizza is made with fresh ingredients and baked in a deck oven, which looks kind of like a Craftsman tool chest, and it churns out some pretty spectacular pies. Menu highlights at this neighborhood spot include speciality pizzas, subs on homemade rolls, and over-stuffed cannolis.

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4. Trilogy Pizza 19141 Stone Oak Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78258 (Stone Oak)

New York, California and Chicago styles are all represented at this pizza place that strives to never compromise authenticity. Enjoy your slices on thpatio with a nice accompanying wine selection. One of the more popular items include the Farmer's Market, which truly lives up to its name: made with garlic-infused olive oil, mozzarella, feta, chicken, spinach, tomatoes, zucchini, and artichokes.

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5. Julian's Italian Pizzeria & Kitchen 13444 West Ave, San Antonio, TX 78216

Count on fast and friendly service at this homey North Central spot, with an expansive menu and great prices. The house specialty is the Sicilian-style Padrone, which serves four, and has a fiercely loyal following -- and for good reason, with its piling of Mediterranean flavors. Other Italian standards are offered, too, including eggplant parm, sub sandwiches, and a "bulk menu" that features trays upon trays of pasta.

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6. Stella Public House 1414 S Alamo St #102, San Antonio, TX 78210 (Southtown)

With locations in California and Texas, this small, farm-to-table rustic pizza spot serves creative pies made with locally sourced ingredients. And as thoughtful as Stella's is in its creation of unique pizzas -- like the sausage and kale offering, along with the pulled pork, pepperoni, and caramelized onion selection -- it still makes a pepperoni pie that will leave traditionalists more than satisfied.

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7. Big Lou's Pizza 2048 S Ww White Rd, San Antonio, TX 78222

This unassuming pizza joint in Eastside dishes out quality pies, pasta, salads and subs. Among expected menu items like stuffed calzones, speciality pies, and "baked never fried" wing, Big Lou's is known for its 42-inch pizza...particularly because it doesn't sacrifice quality for quantity. Grab some friends (and plenty of napkins) and enjoy this vibrant, neighborhood mainstay.

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8. Sapore's Pizza 6422 Babcock Rd Ste 101, San Antonio, TX 78249

This strip-mall eatery is cozy -- or cramped, depending on whether or not you’re a glass half full kind of person -- but big on flavor. The owner hails from Naples and arrived in SA by way of New York City, so his pizza cred is real. Also, don’t skip dessert; the cannoli and tiramisu are homemade and fabulous.

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9. Gallo Pizzeria 164 Castroville Rd, San Antonio, TX 78207

This mom-and-pop pizzeria aims to please. Gluten-free? No problemo -- it can accommodate. Need a little more kick in your pie? It's got you covered with the El Diablo, a ghost pepper-, habanero-, and jalapeño-topped concoction that’s right at home here in our spicy city. But those seeking to take a walk on the milder side turn to the Al Greco topped with feta, black olives, and gyro meat.

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10. Cerroni's Purple Garlic 1017 Austin Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78209

Beer on tap and a comfy patio with a sandbox for kids are two of CPG’s draws. But truly, even without these accouterments, Cerroni’s shines. Regulars sing the praises of the pasta dishes, paninis, and other sandwiches, but Cerroni’s is no slouch in the pizza department either. The offerings range from super traditional to gourmet, but all share a consistently perfect crust and are served by some of the friendliest folks around.

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11. Poppys Pizza 7115 Blanco Rd #107, Castle Hills, TX 78216

This Castle Hills pizzeria is a classic, old-school joint that boasts the traditional choices: wings, pastas, salads and, of course, hot, New York-style mega pies. The Meat Special is a favorite, weighted down with pepperoni, sausage, beef, and Canadian bacon, but, for lunch, grab Poppys' buffet, which may just be the best deal in SA: for $8.95, you can snag slices, load up on pastas, and stay (semi) healthy with a salad.

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