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14 Excellent Houston Pizzerias

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Even though dining out is much safer than it was a year ago, there’s no denying the comforting, convenient appeal of a perfect slice of cheesy, meaty pizza that’s delivered right to the door.

Instead of propping up a major national chain with your pizza dollars, consider one of these 15 essential Houston pizzerias. Slinging everything from creatively topped New York-style pies to Neapolitan traditional and tons of creative options beyond the basics, these local pizza favorites are a hit every single time.

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1. Brother's Pizzeria

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3820 N Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77018
(713) 692-2020
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With four decades of Big Apple-inspired pizza-making experience, Brother’s Pizzeria brings a feast of pizza parlor favorites to Garden Oaks. Find pies up to 18”, Italian subs and red sauce pasta plates. A slice is nice at $2.50, but consider indulging in a meat-filled Stromboli with Italian sausage, pepperoni, hamburger and Canadian bacon.

2. Cane Rosso

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1835 N Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 868-0071
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This Dallas import brings a menu of thoughtfully prepared pies to the Heights. The Honey Bastard offers a sweet, but fiery bite pairing bacon marmalade with habanero honey. There’s also a stellar classic margherita pie, and the PBR, topped with pepperoni, brisket, candied jalapenos, and barbecue sauce.

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3. Coltivare Pizza & Garden

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3320 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 637-4095
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This rustic Heights restaurant keeps things simple and sophisticated with its pizza offerings. Spring for the Revival Pepperoni, a comforting pie topped with meat, tomato sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan and fragrant greens.

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4. BOH Pasta & Pizza

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409 Travis St suite a-365
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 364-5502
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Helmed by chef Ben McPherson, BOH brings Roman-style pizza to Bravery Chef Hall in Downtown. Offerings are available by the square slice or as a whole four-sided pie with toppings like mushroom, truffle and ricotta and fennel sausage with piquillo pepper.

5. Frank's Pizza

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417 Travis St
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 225-5656
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Despite its high-traffic locale among Downtown’s busy bars and clubs, Frank’s serves as much more than a late-night pit stop. The decades-old pizza parlor, situated at one corner of Market Square Park, prepares its own dough and sauce in-house daily and offers a menu of mouthwatering pies up to 18”. Score traditional pepperoni or plain cheese rounds or opt for a house special like the chicken fiesta with fajita chicken, queso and jalapeños.

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6. Romano's Pizza

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1528 W Gray St
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 526-1182
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Romano’s is the place for those seeking out a true New York-style slice. Pies are prepared on fresh dough baked daily and toppings range from traditional pepperoni and Italian sausage to spinach and feta cheese. For a heartier bite, there is the Sicilian deep dish presented in thick square slices. Hungry for more? In addition to cheesy calzones and hot and cold meat subs, Romano’s offers full pasta dinners and cannolis.

7. Pizaro's Pizza Napoletana II

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1020 W Gray St Ste 400
Houston, TX 77019

Choose your own adventure at Pizaro’s and indulge in a delightfully different pie every time. Known in large for its menu of red and white Napoletana-style pies, Detroit and New York-style offerings are available as well with toppings ranging from smoked and imported cheeses to proteins like crispy pepperoni cups, Iberico de Bellota and ghost pepper sausage.

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8. Vinny’s

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1201 St Emanuel St
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 750-9433
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Vinny’s is the place for people who like to eat the pizza crust. Thick, bread-y slices provide a solid base for chunky meats, veggies and cheese. There is the Fresno-chili topped K-Pop pie with Korean BBQ sauce and braised pork rib meat and the spicy Meatzilla with pepperoni, angus beef, fatback bacon and kielbasa sausage.

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9. Gotham Pizza

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2204 Louisiana St
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 659-2222
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For over 20 years, Gotham Pizza has been slinging top-notch, New York style pies in Midtown. Keep it simple with a classic pepperoni, or go all-out with the “Works,” a pizza that’s topped with Italian sausage, mushrooms, Canadian bacon, black olives, onions, green peppers, and pepperoni.

10. Piola

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3201 Louisiana St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 524-8222
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At this pizza favorite in the heart of Midtown, thin crust pizzas are inventive and unique. There are several “no sauce” pies to pick from, as in the Odessa with prosciutto crudo, caramelized onions and goat cheese or the mozzarella-less burrata which simply pairs the thick, fluffy cheese with fresh basil.

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11. Bollo Woodfired Pizza

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2202 W Alabama St A
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 677-0391
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When the question is red or white pizza, the answer is Bollo. This River Oaks pizzeria offers a slew of options for both sets of pizza fans — there is the Pesto Polo with fresh mozzarella, goat cheese, chicken and pesto in lieu of tomato sauce, or consider the Diavola with tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella, spicy salami and roasted red bell peppers.

12. Luigi's Pizzeria

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3700 Almeda Rd
Houston, TX 77004
(281) 793-3333
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The pizza shack onsite at Axelrad Beer Garden may not offer much curb appeal, but it delivers in a tasty way. New York-style thin crust pizzas are all prepared with the pizzeria’s own house-made dough, tomato sauce, a mix of mozzarella and Parmesan, olive oil and oregano — then enhanced with toppings. The Mexicana pairs fajita chicken or beef with tangy pico de gallo and the Gourmet Veggie is traditional with tomatoes, onions olives, peppers and mushrooms.

13. Luna Pizzeria

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3435 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098
(832) 767-6338
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Few deals beat the $10 personal pizza special at Luna Pizzeria. Six varieties are offered, including margherita, pepperoni, mushroom, sausage, spicy andouille and prosciutto and arugula, along with a Build-Your-Own option. At 9”, the individual pies are perfect to keep all to yourself — but for $8 more, score a large to share.

Luna Pizzeria

14. Star Pizza

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2111 Norfolk St
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 523-0800
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Whole wheat crust for the win! Star Pizza allows guests to choose from white or wheat crust on its New York and Chicago-style pizzas. Carb-heavy pies like the Starburst with ground beef and Italian sausage are filling, but save room for finishing off that crust with a side of house-made ranch dressing.

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1. Brother's Pizzeria

3820 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77018

With four decades of Big Apple-inspired pizza-making experience, Brother’s Pizzeria brings a feast of pizza parlor favorites to Garden Oaks. Find pies up to 18”, Italian subs and red sauce pasta plates. A slice is nice at $2.50, but consider indulging in a meat-filled Stromboli with Italian sausage, pepperoni, hamburger and Canadian bacon.

3820 N Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77018

2. Cane Rosso

1835 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77008
Ellie Sharp/EHOU

This Dallas import brings a menu of thoughtfully prepared pies to the Heights. The Honey Bastard offers a sweet, but fiery bite pairing bacon marmalade with habanero honey. There’s also a stellar classic margherita pie, and the PBR, topped with pepperoni, brisket, candied jalapenos, and barbecue sauce.

1835 N Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77008

3. Coltivare Pizza & Garden

3320 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007
Coltivare

This rustic Heights restaurant keeps things simple and sophisticated with its pizza offerings. Spring for the Revival Pepperoni, a comforting pie topped with meat, tomato sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan and fragrant greens.

3320 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77007

4. BOH Pasta & Pizza

409 Travis St suite a-365, Houston, TX 77002

Helmed by chef Ben McPherson, BOH brings Roman-style pizza to Bravery Chef Hall in Downtown. Offerings are available by the square slice or as a whole four-sided pie with toppings like mushroom, truffle and ricotta and fennel sausage with piquillo pepper.

409 Travis St suite a-365
Houston, TX 77002

5. Frank's Pizza

417 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002
Frank's Pizza/Facebook

Despite its high-traffic locale among Downtown’s busy bars and clubs, Frank’s serves as much more than a late-night pit stop. The decades-old pizza parlor, situated at one corner of Market Square Park, prepares its own dough and sauce in-house daily and offers a menu of mouthwatering pies up to 18”. Score traditional pepperoni or plain cheese rounds or opt for a house special like the chicken fiesta with fajita chicken, queso and jalapeños.

417 Travis St
Houston, TX 77002

6. Romano's Pizza

1528 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019

Romano’s is the place for those seeking out a true New York-style slice. Pies are prepared on fresh dough baked daily and toppings range from traditional pepperoni and Italian sausage to spinach and feta cheese. For a heartier bite, there is the Sicilian deep dish presented in thick square slices. Hungry for more? In addition to cheesy calzones and hot and cold meat subs, Romano’s offers full pasta dinners and cannolis.

1528 W Gray St
Houston, TX 77019

7. Pizaro's Pizza Napoletana II

1020 W Gray St Ste 400, Houston, TX 77019
Pizaro's/Facebook

Choose your own adventure at Pizaro’s and indulge in a delightfully different pie every time. Known in large for its menu of red and white Napoletana-style pies, Detroit and New York-style offerings are available as well with toppings ranging from smoked and imported cheeses to proteins like crispy pepperoni cups, Iberico de Bellota and ghost pepper sausage.

1020 W Gray St Ste 400
Houston, TX 77019

8. Vinny’s

1201 St Emanuel St, Houston, TX 77003
Caroline Fontenot/EHOU

Vinny’s is the place for people who like to eat the pizza crust. Thick, bread-y slices provide a solid base for chunky meats, veggies and cheese. There is the Fresno-chili topped K-Pop pie with Korean BBQ sauce and braised pork rib meat and the spicy Meatzilla with pepperoni, angus beef, fatback bacon and kielbasa sausage.

1201 St Emanuel St
Houston, TX 77003

9. Gotham Pizza

2204 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77002

For over 20 years, Gotham Pizza has been slinging top-notch, New York style pies in Midtown. Keep it simple with a classic pepperoni, or go all-out with the “Works,” a pizza that’s topped with Italian sausage, mushrooms, Canadian bacon, black olives, onions, green peppers, and pepperoni.

2204 Louisiana St
Houston, TX 77002

10. Piola

3201 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77006
Piola/Facebook

At this pizza favorite in the heart of Midtown, thin crust pizzas are inventive and unique. There are several “no sauce” pies to pick from, as in the Odessa with prosciutto crudo, caramelized onions and goat cheese or the mozzarella-less burrata which simply pairs the thick, fluffy cheese with fresh basil.

3201 Louisiana St
Houston, TX 77006

11. Bollo Woodfired Pizza

2202 W Alabama St A, Houston, TX 77098

When the question is red or white pizza, the answer is Bollo. This River Oaks pizzeria offers a slew of options for both sets of pizza fans — there is the Pesto Polo with fresh mozzarella, goat cheese, chicken and pesto in lieu of tomato sauce, or consider the Diavola with tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella, spicy salami and roasted red bell peppers.

2202 W Alabama St A
Houston, TX 77098

12. Luigi's Pizzeria

3700 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77004

The pizza shack onsite at Axelrad Beer Garden may not offer much curb appeal, but it delivers in a tasty way. New York-style thin crust pizzas are all prepared with the pizzeria’s own house-made dough, tomato sauce, a mix of mozzarella and Parmesan, olive oil and oregano — then enhanced with toppings. The Mexicana pairs fajita chicken or beef with tangy pico de gallo and the Gourmet Veggie is traditional with tomatoes, onions olives, peppers and mushrooms.

3700 Almeda Rd
Houston, TX 77004

13. Luna Pizzeria

3435 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098
Luna Pizzeria

Few deals beat the $10 personal pizza special at Luna Pizzeria. Six varieties are offered, including margherita, pepperoni, mushroom, sausage, spicy andouille and prosciutto and arugula, along with a Build-Your-Own option. At 9”, the individual pies are perfect to keep all to yourself — but for $8 more, score a large to share.

3435 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098

14. Star Pizza

2111 Norfolk St, Houston, TX 77098
Star Pizza/Facebook

Whole wheat crust for the win! Star Pizza allows guests to choose from white or wheat crust on its New York and Chicago-style pizzas. Carb-heavy pies like the Starburst with ground beef and Italian sausage are filling, but save room for finishing off that crust with a side of house-made ranch dressing.

2111 Norfolk St
Houston, TX 77098

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