Where to Find a Proper White Pizza In Houston

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Grimaldi's white pie is made in true New York-style.
It took a recent trip home to New Jersey to remind me how much I love white pizza. And not the kind that is just mozzarella cheese without tomatoes, or even worse, the kind made with alfredo sauce. I'm talking about real New-York-style white pizza made with the pièce de résistance: creamy, milky ricotta cheese.

After a few cream sauce-topped pies, I learned rather quickly that a true white pizza is harder to find in Houston than I'd hoped. But there are still plenty of places that make it.

Here's where to find a proper (read: ricotta-topped) white slice:

Where: Grimaldi's Coal Brick Oven Pizzeria
What: White Pie w/ Garlic

It should be no surprise that Brooklyn-born Grimaldi's makes a fantastic New York-style white pie. Their coal-fired, thin-crust pies remain crisp and light despite being loaded with heaps of warm and gooey ricotta, handmade mozzarella cheese, and sweet and buttery fresh garlic.

Where: Two Guys Pizzeria
What: The Bianco

As first reported by contributor John Kiely, you'll find plenty of Yankees hats and Knicks gear at the Medical Center's Two Guys Pizzeria. According to owner Oscar Monte, "It's the aroma. Customers come in and tell me it smells just like their favorite pizza place back home."

The Bianco is a bit more loaded than your regular white pie, but with fresh spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and the holy trinity of romano, mozzarella, and ricotta cheeses, we don't mind.

Where: Fuzzy's Pizzeria & Sport's Cafe
What: The Margarita

With four crusts to choose from and homemade ingredients, Fuzzy's Pizza & Café has been a hit since opening its original location in 1986. For an authentic white pizza experience, get the extra-thin New-York style crust and the Margarita pie, a white pizza topped with mozzarella, ricotta, provolone, parmesan, tomatoes, and fresh basil.

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Location Info

Grimaldi's Coal Brick Oven Pizzeria

20 Waterway Ave., Spring, TX

Category: Restaurant

Fuzzy's Pizza Italians & Sport Cafe

3905 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Coal Vines

1550 Lake Pointe Parkway, Sugar Land, TX

Category: Restaurant

Coppa Ristorante Italiano - CLOSED

5555 Washington, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Coppa Osteria

5210 Morningside Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Piola

3201 Louisiana St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Brother's Pizzeria

1029 Highway 6, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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14 comments
Michelle Jasmín
Michelle Jasmín

Isaac and Kristi, I wonder why Flakey's did not make it on to the list! Lol!! :')

thequesoqueen
thequesoqueen

The Scamorza at Coppa is a smoked mozzarella (smoked over pecan shells in Dallas, to be specific). 

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Sorry to be a naysayer but white pizza is yuck; though the magic mushroom at pizza la vino is pretty good..

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

@gossamersixteen  

Looking at the Pizza la Vino menu, I see that they don't even have white pizza (pizza with white sauce is not white pizza).  Perhaps you've never had a decent white pizza?  It need not have ricotta on it.

ESandler
ESandler

@Bruce_Are @gossamersixteen  

Quite right, ricotta is not a melting cheese on its own, and you'd have frighful results if you topped a pizza with pure ricotta. 

james.brock
james.brock

@ESandler @Bruce_Are @gossamersixteen  Not so, my dear sir. I love using homemade ricotta on my pies. 


"One of the best ways to use sour milk is to turn it into a fresh cheese. Combine sour milk with fresh milk up to a total of two litres. Bring the milk to a simmer (85C) and stir through four tablespoons of white vinegar. Simmer for a minute without stirring, then remove from the heat and allow the milk to stand and curdle for 10 minutes. Strain the curds through a tea towel and let it drain until it is the consistency you like. Season with salt and it's ready to eat and use on pizzas.

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