La Fresca Pizza: Please Become a Chain

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Photos by John Kiely
The temptation was almost too much.

"Why don't you just get the pizza delivered?" my son asked, "Is this about not being lazy?" I assured him that pizza delivery was merely a convenience for busy people and there was a different reason to pick up a carry-out pizza. Still, I was glad to hear his Confucian work ethic coming out.

"No, the point of picking up a pizza is to have a tantalizing aroma in the car for ten minutes to drive you crazy, before you get a chance to eat it." I said. "What's tantalizing mean?" was the not-surprising reply.

We were on our way to La Fresca Pizza, a small carryout-and-delivery pizza joint in Meyerland's Braeswood Square. I'd ignored the place for months, because the exterior features cheap-looking graphics and advertises a $7.99 large-pizza offer, as if it is trying to rival Little Caesars. Worse, the slogan is "Always Fresh," which makes La Fresca sound as if it's competing with frozen pizza.

Nevertheless, a little pizza bird told me that La Fresca has perhaps the best thin-crust pizza in the area. But I was with my son, who likes a breadier crust, and small kid-size slices. That was fine with me for reviewing purposes, as nothing reveals pizza flaws better than a small pizza.

I asked the man at the counter if La Fresca was a national chain, and he said no, it was a family operation, and that everything was made fresh in-store. I asked him what La Fresca was known for, and he said the Combination was very popular.

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ljr0929
ljr0929

I took the advice of the reviewer and picked up a pizza from La Fresca today.  I ordered a medium, whole wheat crust, veggie pizza with some additional instructions:  add spinach and red peppers and use less cheese than normal.  It was ready in less than 15 minutes and they accidentally made a large pizza of which they didn't charge me.  I loved it!  The veggies were larger and more plentiful/fresher than other chain pizza joints.  La Fresca will be my go-to pizza shop for great to-go pizza pie!  (Btw, they deliver but it is nice to have that aroma in anticipation of a good slice.)

Giusy
Giusy

Green bell pepper ought to be banned as a vegetable; and this pizza is overloaded, an example of the 'kitchen sink' school that I'm not fond of.

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

The bell peppers appear to be raw, sitting on top and the pizza seems undercooked in the center (the cheese is white, barely melted).  Also, is that a picture of a large pizza?  It doesn't look large.

rogeran
rogeran

Awesome Pizza!! Real Cheese... Real ingredients... Fresh!

JR109
JR109

Love the place. Best pizza in Houston in my opinion 

johnnybench
johnnybench topcommenter

Our go-to neighborhood pizza place!  Try the meatball sub - it's surprisingly good as well.  

JohnKiely
JohnKiely

The pizza is a small, for the reason mentioned in the post, the cheese was melted perfectly, the green pepper was cooked just right to give it that fresh taste.

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