Favorite Three: Pizza Places

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Simone on Sunset's Smoked Duck Pizza
Picking a favorite pizza place is a hot-button topic. Let's see which places showed up on our lists.

John Kiely

1. Dolce Vita Pizzeria & Enoteca
2. Russo's Coal-Fired New York Pizzeria
3. Pizza Hut

John's Take: The worst pizza I've had was in Italy, so authentic isn't always better, but with Marco Wiles it is. Thank you for burning my margherita crust, Russo's; it's a new preference. Yeah, yeah, Pizza Hut Supreme. Childhood pre-sets. The Mario Batali marinara I sampled last week was incredible, but Rao's still reigns with its Chef Boyardee "notes."

Ali (EOW reader)

1. Brooklyn Pizzeria (9467 FM1960)
2. Brother's Pizzeria
3. Romano's Pizza

Ali's Take: I'm a fan of New York-style pizza. It gives my mouth a case of the sads when I taste most pizza that presents itself as NY-style down here. So when I do find those amazing hidden gems, I get all giddy. Brooklyn Pizzeria is by far my favorite. Owned by an Italian family from Brooklyn and all ingredients flown in from the east coast. Authentic NY-style pizza with great sauce, crispy/chewy crust and tons of flavor from a really nice family. Brother's is similar; you get a little attitude with your pizza - but in a good way. Romano's is the best inner-loop - great sauce and great atmosphere.

Kevin Shalin (me)

1. Russo's Coal-Fire New York Pizzeria
2. Barry's Pizza
3. Simone on Sunset

Kevin's Take: Russo's charring of the crust is right up my alley. I won't say this is New York-worthy, but it's as good as we've got in Houston. I may catch some flack for including Barry's, but who cares? I love one of their pizzas with absolutely everything piled on top. Simone's is probably a surprise to many. It's a young wine bar, but try the smoked duck pizza, and see if it doesn't make your list.

The React: No surprise, two votes for Russo's and Dolce Vita show up on the list. Sounds like Pizza Hut is one of John's guilty pleasures. I, myself, overdosed on that crap in college. I survived for weeks on the pan pizza. I must plead ignorance of Ali's selections, but I've heard good things about Romano's.



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Location Info

Dolce Vita Pizzeria & Enoteca

500 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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39 comments
L L
L L

1. Bombay Pizza2. Dolce Vita

Nothing else even deserves to be on the board. Who are these people that not one even mentioned Bombay Pizza?

Guest
Guest

What was the story with the owner of Late Nite Pie stealing people's credit cards?Was that ever covered on this blog?

Harris County District Court Case No. 2011-22722

italian by marriage
italian by marriage

If you're coming all the way to FM 1960, come a little farther to Spring Cypress and try Vito's famous.....he's from Philly, but he's made believers out of our little community.

Hoodoo2222
Hoodoo2222

I've tried Brothers and I really like it. It's a great place for lunch. I like to sit at the counter and talk to the brothers. If Ali likes Brothers and Brooklyn Pizzeria I will have look them up.

Evan
Evan

No Cicis?

Lcantu89
Lcantu89

No bombay pizza co? Saag paneer and tandoori chicken pizza anyone?

Mary
Mary

Dolce VitaRusso'sNapoli

Marcsmall
Marcsmall

ponzos is my favorite ny style pizza by far

SirRon
SirRon

Surprised not to see the Mexican Pizza. Also, Dominoes >> Pizza Hut

csoakley
csoakley

At $6.99, the medium 12" cheese at Luigi's Pizza in midtown is amazing. Using the formula for the area of a circle (pi * r squared), I have proven mathematically that Luigi's delivers the best flavor/$ ratio in Houston. The numbers don't lie, it's all in the spreadsheet.

Curiously, Luigi's is one of the only places where it makes financial sense to order the medium instead of the large (I hope they don't see this and change their pricing). Plus it's BYOB and you can play Bocce, so there's that too.

I need to expand the spreadsheet to include the 'premium' pizzerias (Dolce Vita, etc.). But Luigi's is my clear winner in the mid-range pie houses.

JB
JB

Dolce VitaRomano'sLuigi's

ostiones
ostiones

I love Antonio's on Hillcroft just south of Westheimer. If you're lucky you get to see the owner and two daughters yelling at each other in Italian. It doesn't get any more authentic than that. My other two choices are Romano's and Brother's.

BillyG
BillyG

Grimaldis, Brother's, and (out of left field) Kenneally's.

PatsiDewan
PatsiDewan

At least no one has chosen Star; that's a good sign. That pic of Simone's pizza is frightening, so thanks for the disqualifying heads-up.

Dolce Vita...things there just feel right.Brother's....Brooklyn dudes.Romano's...Brooklyn dudes.

birchearthjuicebar
birchearthjuicebar

speaking of pizza in Italy, could someone please fire Ken Hoffman?

among the old coots and white trash who e-mail and write him, he is a self-anointed authority on knowing "the best places for pizza in Rome" I'm sorry, if I want to know where to find pizza in Italy, I'm sure as hell not asking this jackass

air
air

We have a Russo's up here... and I seriously swear it tastes better in Houston than in Dallas!

Got an inquiry: Is anyone in Houston doing a good Neapolitan pizza? Are there any Houston restaurants equipped with the ovens built in Naples then shipped over here? More and more of these establishments have set up shop across the state. Dough in San Antonio is very well-known as is Luciano, Austin recently opened Backspace. Dallas will have three Neapolitan pizza specalists soon: Cavalli, Cane Rosso opened earlier this year (the owner said they just passed VPN certification), and Dough has a restaurant opening soon.

Just saying that I think it's a type of food that would have a place in Houston's diverse food landscape. Maybe even following the mobile oven turned into successful restaurant route that Cane Rosso could be feasible there as well!

And don't let the char/ash fool you; a skilled pizzaiolo won't leave your crust "burned" and it'll be more of a smoky flavor imparted by the oven and wood. Certainly a flavor I didn't expect to find in pizza.

Rgwalt
Rgwalt

Ali is right on regarding Brother's. Make the trip out to Highway 6 and I-10 and give it a try. Just don't go on a Sunday as they are closed.

Albert Nurick
Albert Nurick

Mine, in no particular order

Crust PizzaCaffe BelloGrimaldi's

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

What are some of your other favorite pizza places Hoodoo2222?

Hoodoo2222
Hoodoo2222

I think Evan was being sarcastic?

Geminijen
Geminijen

I agree, Cici's is all the rage where I live in the Woodlands!

John Kiely
John Kiely

Pink's is indeed promising, but the sauce is too sweet. Zuccherino.

H_e_x
H_e_x

For the prices they charge, I certainly hope not.

Jessica
Jessica

another vote for Luigi's

JB
JB

The problem there lies in a different ratio: large pizzas are always better than medium pizzas because the cheese to crust ratio is greater. Smaller pizzas are too doughy.

Plus, with a large, there's more pizza to eat.

csoakley
csoakley

Oh, and I'm right there with you on Romano's. Love that place.

csoakley
csoakley

We went to Antonio's for prom. Somehow, the limo driver ended up going inside and eating dinner with us. Distracted by my date, I missed the whole exchange that led him to believe he should come inside with us. Maybe he thought we were just making a bathroom stop or something.

The whole episode was kind of weird but at least it gave me something to mention in the comments of a blog post years later.

Jim Ayres
Jim Ayres

I love Kenneally's. Also Piola, and really out in left field, Whole Foods.

laurenmacqueen
laurenmacqueen

The worst pizza I have ever had in my life was Ken Hoffman's beloved Da Buffeto in Rome. THE WORST. It was a scalding hot Totino's-esque nightmare served at a dump. Hot circle of garbage.

Wendyjames1
Wendyjames1

Yes, Da Marco does Neopolitan right and is certified.

SirRon
SirRon

Really surprised at the absence of Grimaldi's.

JarrodJM
JarrodJM

+1 for Grimaldi's, and add Romano's and Dolce Vita

Tim
Tim

Well, I agree that Pink's is no bargain, but when they're on it's a pretty good pie by Houston standards.

csoakley
csoakley

JB, you are absolutely right on the 'crust perimeter infringement zone' problem. An update to the spreadsheet would include a measurement of the non-certified perimeter and subtract that from the overall 'premium flavor zone'. I plan to attack that in the future when my waistline can handle a full on city-wide pizza assault to make the needed measurements.

In defense of Luigi's, I have found that they take the cheese and sauce pretty close to the edge on the smaller pizzas so they do alleviate this issue somewhat.

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

Great story...in fact, this is a great thread.

birchearthjuicebar
birchearthjuicebar

just went to the De Buffeto website and looked at their pizza. I see what you mean. It at least appears consistent with your description. thanks!

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