100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 60, Patata e Funghi Pizza at Pizaro's

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It's the perfect combination of earthy and sweet.
This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of personal favorites, things she thinks any visitor or Houstonian ought to try at least once and dishes that seem particularly indicative of the ever-changing Houston foodscape. It's a list to drool over.

The first time I ordered at Pizaro's Pizza Napoletana, the owner, Bill Hutchinson, told me I was doing it wrong.

I wanted something light, so I ordered the arugula pizza with some extra prosciutto. I was finding it quite delicious when Hutchinson stopped by my table to inquire about my meal.

"It's great," I told him. "I love the thin, chewy crust and the crunchy bubbles on top. And the prosciutto and arugula combination is great."

"Why didn't you get the potato and mushroom pizza," he said, truly puzzled.

"I don't know..." I replied. "Are potatoes good on pizza?"

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Pizaro's Pizza Napoletana

14028 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Bill and his staff are amazing. Rumor has it a new location might be moving into the loop. 


Bill Hutchison is a stout bull of a man who's determined to break our bad habit of ordering leaden pizzas loaded with 'everything'. He's the antichrist to Star Pizza fanatics, but I think he's right on target with his perfect minimalist pies.



Oh so two years ago on that rumor, TeeLodge: Billy Bones and his Pizaro gang are moving to W Gray and Montrose in the old Bobbit Glass bldg.... should be a late spring/early summer opening.

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@flavia8 In Italian, yes, it's "patate." On the menu, however, it's "patata."


@erichenao I like your spirit, but I think your Italian may be a bit rusty. . . 

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