Top 5 Cheese Pizzas To Try in Houston

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The "Cheese Bomb" from Pizza l'Vino.
These days, the phrase "plain cheese pizza" is a bit of an oxymoron since enterprising chefs keep upping the ante in terms of creatives takes on the traditional pie. Houston pizza purveyors have followed suite; here are five innovative pies to try in Houston just in time for National Cheese Pizza Day.

5. Tuscan Six Cheese (Papa John's). "Six cheeses?!? That's just too many. I will not eat it." Well, fine, hypocrite; it's just two more than the standard quattro formaggi and I don't see you complaining about seven-layer dip. Anyway, here's the fromage line-up: mozzarella, provolone, fontina, parmesan, asiago, and romano. Sounds like a cheesy boy band. (Har.) Tastes likes a cheese pizza to the nth power.

4. Saag Paneer (Bombay Pizza Company). An Indian riff on the traditional multi-cheese pizza, the Saag Paneer features goat cheese, mozzarella, fontina, and, of course, paneer cheeses along with spinach and collard greens. In addition to satisfying your RDA of calcium and non-heme iron, this pizza also contains just enough spice to give your tongue a bit of a tickle.

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Saag Paneer Pizza

3. Quattro Formaggi (Piola). Combining gorgonzola, brie, grana padano, and mozzarella cheeses, the Quattro Formaggi is one rich, pungent pie. Fortunately, a relatively thin crust allows you to eat more than one slice of this pizza. Rebellious diners might consider folding the entire pizza in half to produce doppio formaggi calzone.

2. Cheese Bomb (Pizza L'Vino). One of the top-selling vegetarian pizzas at Pizza L'Vino, the "cheese bomb" initially terrified me with its description: "white parmesaeno sauce, roasted garlic, caramelized onions, spinach, broccoli, ricotta, provolone, parmesan and mozzarella." I didn't know if I could handle that much cream and cruciferous vegetable matter, not to mention, caramelized onions, possibly my all time-favorite toppings. And wouldn't everything just sort of blend together? Actually, no, if you take owner Ed Barnett's advice: "[the cheeses] all retain their own identity that can be discerned if one has the self control to eat slowly enough to taste all the subtle nuances." So, that's what I did. At least for the first slice.

1. Classic (Pink's). The "classic" pizza at Pink's will satisfy cheese pizza purists and more flexible pie-eaters with its simple but not simplistic combination of feta, pecorino romano, and mozzarella cheeses. Garlic and basil round out the heavy dairy with some welcome herbal notes while roma and sun-dried tomatoes add a touch of fruity sweetness.


Location Info

Bombay Pizza Co.

914 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Piola

3201 Louisiana St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pizza L'Vino

544 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pink's Pizza

710 W. Gray St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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21 comments
Danny Dyer
Danny Dyer

no Papa Romano's on West Gray? ohhhh. dangerous omission to be making, friend-o

Gabrielle del Bosque
Gabrielle del Bosque

Yeah. I'm not sure I agree with papa johns being listed, but not star pizza. Star pizza is classic. And delicious. Way more delicious than anything papa johns has to offer.

Matthew David Dyer
Matthew David Dyer

Sorry, but when you put Papa John's on a best list of Houston you lose a reader. Houston Press, you should have more respect for yourself as a publication and should start investing time in finding a new editor. Now I can happily unlike this page for good.

scndbox1
scndbox1

Pink's, Papa Johns?    How about Pisaros, Grimaldis, Wood FIred Pizza Company?

Tim Thurmond
Tim Thurmond

Star pizza: Whole wheat deep dish cheese, with the requisite hot sauce (frank's or tabasco) is truly the best and the only one I fuxx with.

Andy Moritz
Andy Moritz

And conveniently, you can try the Papa John's offering anywhere in the country. #oops

Aaron Drew
Aaron Drew

That was a good one. So was family tradition. And the bacon cheeseburger.

Optimo Ram
Optimo Ram

how can ya have papa johns on the list? star pizza cheese is bangin. #IfItAintLocalItAintLive

Candace Reuss
Candace Reuss

Can't add any more, you got my favorite, Bombay.

Jeff Hill
Jeff Hill

D'Pappas 5 cheese pizza with parmesian crust. Oh yeah...closed a dozen years ago. Remember, Aaron?

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