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

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A margherita pizza going into the oven at Pizaro's.
Hutchinson scoffed at my question, as if it were the most ridiculous thing ever uttered. Running through my mind were visions of french fries on top of burgers and stuffed in burritos. Sometimes the world needs reminding that potatoes don't go with everything.

Hutchinson made me promise to come back for a patate e funghi pizza at a later date, and I did, partially because I found the first pizza I ate at Pizaro's to be so good that I had faith in the chef/owner's recommendation. I'm really glad now that I took his advice.

The patata e funghi pizza is definitely the best on Pizaro's short but inclusive menu. It's a Neapolitan-style pizza topped with truffle oil, Yukon gold potatoes, oven-roasted mushrooms, mozzarella, rosemary and garlic. There's no red sauce on this pizza, but it's much better without any added acidity. It's a smooth, mellow pie with dusky truffle and mushroom flavors accented by the earthy potatoes. The rosemary adds an herbal element that actually makes the pizza more reminiscent of some sort of pan-roasted potato dish than a pizza, but in a wonderful way.

The result is a pizza/scalloped potato hybrid -- creamy and decadent, but also finger food, as you can easily pick up each slice and eat it with your hands, rather than a knife and fork. Oh, and because it's Neapolitan-style pizza (a designation explained here), you must order the whole pie only, never a slice.

Don't worry. You're going to want to eat the whole thing anyway.

The list so far:
No. 100: Bangkok Fries at Boheme
No. 99: Almond Croissant at Phoenicia
No. 98: Bulgogi Tacos with Kimchi at Chi'Lantro
No. 97: Soft Pretzel from Mongoose Versus Cobra
No. 96: Chicken and Waffles at Adair Kitchen
No. 95: Sweet Potato Gnocchi at Brooklyn Athletic Club
No. 94: Foie Gras Mac & Cheese at BRC Gastropub
No. 93: Vuelve a la Vida Soup at Connie's Seafood
No. 92: Homeroom at Bernie's Burger Bus
No. 91: Lobster Cake Benedict at Sorrel Urban Bistro
No. 90: Uncle Daryl's Cake at The Chocolate Bar
No. 89: Porchetta e Fagioli at Giacomo's Cibo e Vino
No. 88: Sesame Soft Balls at Golden Dim Sum
No. 87: Crab Daddy Bao at Fat Bao
No. 86: Ham, Egg & Cheese Crepe at Melange Creperie
No. 85: Pork Tamales at Irma's
No. 84: Greek Burger at Hubcap Grill
No. 83: Lobster Roll at Maine-ly Sandwiches
No. 82: Grilled Ahi Tuna at St. John's Fire
No. 81: Catfish and Grits at The Breakfast Klub
No. 80: The Marie Laveau Sandwich at Sandy Witch
No. 79: Carnissima Pizza at Coppa Osteria
No. 78: Mortadella Sandwich at 13 Celsius
No. 77: Lamb Lollipops at Américas
No. 76: The Heights Burger at Gratifi
No. 75: 'Date With a Pig' at Sparrow Bar + Cookshop
No. 74: Taco al Pastor at Taco Keto
No. 73: Chili Cheese Mac from Jus' Mac
No. 72: Chicken Pot Pie at Kenny & Ziggy's
No. 71: Lazy Lane Frites at Brasserie 19
No 70: Banana Split at Cloud 10 Creamery
No. 69: Dozen Raw Oysters at Pappas Seafood
No. 68: Green "Hurry Curry" at Nit Noi
No. 67: Bad Ass Hambur-Torta at Pistolero's
No. 66: Enchiladas de Mole at La Guadalupana
No. 65: Shorty Mac at H-Town StrEATS
No. 64: Squirrel Master Burger at Cottonwood
No. 63: Bánh Mì at Les Givral's Sandwich and Cafe
No. 62: Korean Spiced Brisket Plate at Revival Market
No. 61: Old Fashioned Frito Pie at Armadillo Palace

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Pizaro's Pizza Napoletana

14028 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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8 comments
TeeLodge
TeeLodge

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

flavia8
flavia8

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.

Berkshires
Berkshires

@TeeLodge


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.

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

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

yourdad
yourdad

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


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