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20 Excellent Houston Pizzerias

Though your favorite styles might hail from Chicago, Detroit, New York, or even Sicily — in Houston, you don’t have to travel far for a top-notch slice of pizza

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There’s no denying the comforting, convenient appeal of a perfect slice of cheesy, meaty pizza that’s delivered right to the door, but the truth is, some of the best pizzas are deserving of a little effort.

Instead of propping up a major national chain with your pizza dollars, visiting your local neighborhood restaurant for pick-up or dine-in can yield a far more fulfilling experience — and much more variety. After all, Houston pizzerias are slinging creatively topped New York-style pies, traditional Neapolitan, and thick slices hailing from Detroit, Chicago, and Sicily.

And with so many pizza options, it was only a matter of time before this list needed a refresh. Rotated out are the now-closed BOH Pasta & Pizza and Fuzzy’s, but the newly-opened Betelgeuse Betelgeuse, Spanky’s, Antonio’s Flying Pizza, and Ostia are giving pizza-lovers something to chew on. So, when your pizza craving calls, consider one of these 20 essential Houston pizzerias, which are a hit every time.

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Brother's Pizzeria

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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. Score a single slice or spring for a feast with pies up to 18 inches featuring toppings like meatballs, hamburger, salami, and anchovies. Hungry for more? The menu also boasts Italian subs, red sauce plates, meat-filled calzones, and New York-style cheesecake.

Pink's Pizza

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Beyond traditional toppings like pepperoni and anchovies, Pinks offers a slew of specialty pizzas in 12-inch and 16-inch sizes. The Big Boss piles on a hefty mix of pepperoni, Italian sausage, bacon, beef, and Canadian bacon, while the Southwestern packs a punch with barbecue chicken and jalapeños. For those with dietary restrictions, Pinks also offers dairy-free mozzarella and gluten-free crusts.

Coltivare Pizza & Garden

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This rustic Heights restaurant keeps things simple and sophisticated with pizza offerings built with farm fresh toppings. Standouts include a pie topped with slow-cooked pork, peppers, caramelized onions, chiles, Italian cheese, sauce Bianco, and fennel pollen, or a pie topped with squash, smoked mozzarella, pesto, and pine nuts. For something more traditional, spring for the Revival Pepperoni, a comforting pie topped with pepperoni, tomato sauce, mozzarella, and Parmesan.

Betelgeuse Betelgeuse

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Named after a red supergiant star but pronounced “Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice,” this newly-opened cocktail bar promises an intergalactic theme with cheesy, crispy-crusted pizzas, all baked in cast iron pans. The Pepps pizza, made with natural-cased pepperoni, and the cheese pizza are both classics, but if you’re being adventurous, try the Alpha Centauri, made with house-made sausage, sauteed peppers, Calabrian chili oil, and a refreshing hint of orange zest. Big fan of dough? Order the Space Balls, which are like a fried hybrid of garlic bread and beignets, served with marinara.

an aluminium tray of Betelgeuse Betelgeuse’s Space Balls (fried dough) with a side of marinara.
Betelgeuse Betelgeuse’s Space Balls are a cross between beignets and garlic bread.
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Frank's Pizza

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With its prime location among Downtown’s buzziest bars, Frank’s is synonymous with late-night eats. 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 inches. Plain cheese and pepperoni slices entice from behind glass cases, but you can order specialty pizzas like the Cajun-inspired boudin and bacon pizza, or the Scrumptious Supreme, which is loaded with the works.

Romano's Pizza

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With owners from New York, Romano’s is the place for those seeking out a true slice from the Big Apple. Despite its ritzy River Oaks address, the sights and sounds within the no-frills cafe are true of an old-fashioned pizza parlor. Pies are prepared on fresh dough — baked daily — with toppings that range from traditional pepperoni and Italian sausage to spinach and feta cheese. For a carb-loaded bite, there is the Sicilian deep dish presented in thick square slices. Go for the pizza, but stay for all of the additional Italian eats. Along with cheesy calzones and hot and cold subs, Romano’s offers a legendary baked ziti dinner.

Pizaro's Pizza Napoletana II

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At this Napoletana-style pizzeria, red and white pies are baked at 900 degrees in the restaurant’s wood-fired oven. Choose your own adventure with toppings like Iberico de bellota, prosciutto, and goat cheese or select from favorites like the fragrant, truffle oil-topped patata y funghi. New York and Detroit-style offerings are available, too, including Pizaro’s signature Detroit-style pie stuffed with ricotta, mozzarella, and tomato sauce. Insider tip: Pair your pie with a vino of choice, since Pizaro’s is BYOB.

Vinny’s

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This EaDo pizza destination is a crust-lovers’ haven. Thick, bread-y slices provide a solid base for hearty meats, veggies, and cheese. The provolone-topped classic pairs pepperoni and Italian sausage with mushrooms, red peppers, onions, and olives, while the Maui Wowie layers roasted pineapple with prosciutto and pickled jalapeños. Visit for lunch and enjoy a pizza-combo meal for a cool $11.

Tiny Champions

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Fans of Nancy’s Hustle will agree that its sister concept Tiny Champions is a huge win for Houston’s End. Imaginative pizzas like the fennel sausage or anchovy filets with garlic grace the menu, along with a quality wine list and interesting beverages, including plenty of zero-proof cocktails. Pies are all 14 inches, making them totally shareable — or not.

It’s likely if you’ve only gone to this Hyde Park restaurant for dinner you haven’t had a chance to try one of its most addicting dishes — its pizza. Only served during lunch, these wood-fired pies often include a classic margherita; a rossa, topped with tomato sauce, garlic chile oil, and pepperoni; and a version of the bianco, a white pizza covered in sausage, extra virgin olive oil, goat cheese, and shishito peppers. Be sure to check back each season, when the menus change.

Love Buzz

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Part dive bar, part pizza parlor, Love Buzz serves up slices and creative whole pies on house-fermented dough until the wee hours of 2 a.m. Have your breakfast pizza for dinner with the Wake and Bake — a one-of-a-kind egg, bacon, and hash brown-topped pie, or try the sweet and fiery Spittin’ Venom with fresh jalapeños, fresh habaneros, and chipotle honey.

The Gypsy Poet

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Rock on with Parmesan at the Gypsy Poet Studio. Not only does this Midtown hideaway sling a curated menu of 13-inch artisan pizzas, but it serves as an artist’s studio featuring local musicians. Take in the sounds of live music or sit in on an active rehearsal session while noshing on the Sicilian Journey, a white pizza topped with Italian sausage and ricotta. The spicy Pepperoni Madness, topped with big pepperoni, mozzarella, and hot honey, is a crowd favorite.

At this pizza favorite in the heart of Midtown, thin crust pizzas are inventive and unique. There are several “no tomato sauce” pies to pick from, like the Odessa with prosciutto crudo, caramelized onions, goat cheese, and alfredo, or the mozzarella-less burrata which simply pairs the thick, fluffy cheese with fresh basil. Looking for alternative cheese and crust options? Here, you can substitute vegan cheese or opt for a cauliflower or chia seed crust.

Bollo Woodfired Pizza

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Team red sauce or white? This River Oaks pizzeria offers a slew of options for fans of both bianco or rosse pies. The white sauce-topped shrimp scampi boasts Gulf shrimp with mozzarella and romano cheeses and thinly sliced lemons, while the red-sauced margherita is fragrant with fresh tomatoes and basil. Either way is a win.

Luigi's Pizzeria

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Hidden in plain sight at Axelrad Beer Garden in Midtown, Luigi’s is one of the city’s best-kept pizza secrets. Oversized slices are available in varieties like margherita, Caprese, or the Mexicana, built with fajita meat and pico de gallo. Plus, New York-style pies up to 16 inches can be ordered and enjoyed throughout the sprawling grounds. Pull up a hammock and stay awhile. Outside of Houston’s city limits but still craving Luigi’s? Try its Bellaire and League City locations.

Luna Pizzeria

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At Luna Pizzeria, the 9-inch personal pizzas are meant to be just that — a concoction of your favorite ingredients, but the pizza joint still offers suggestions. In addition to the build-your-own option, six styles are offered, including the margherita, pepperoni, mushroom, sausage, spicy andouille, and prosciutto and arugula. While the individual pies are perfect to keep all to yourself, for $8 more, you can score a large to share. Sweeten the experience by playing the board and card games on hand, and split a toasty apple crostata for dessert.

A pizza at Luna Pizzeria topped with red sauce and basil.
Luna Pizzeria is a playful pizza joint, offering customizable pizza and games for dine-in.
Luna Pizzeria

Capone's Oven & Bar

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Named after the American gangster Al Capone, this buzzy, 1920’s River Oaks hangout offers quality Italian eats with a side of live music on the weekends. Pies range from traditional (as in the veggie or margherita), to adventurous like the Big Otis, which is topped with skirt steak, smoked chicken, and applewood-smoked bacon. Insider tip: Visit on a Monday for half-priced pizza all day.

Antonio’s Flying Pizza

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As if dough going airborne isn’t enough to get anyone’s attention, this 51-year-old restaurant backs up its pizza-tossing skills with freshness and flavor. With owners from New York by way of Sicily, Antonio’s offers pies up to 16 inches with a host of toppings. Trust them to choose a combination for you and you’ll get one of their seriously delicious signature styles, including the Tarfuta, which is topped with mushrooms, prosciutto, mozzarella, cream sauce, and truffle oil. Add the fried calamari or a pasta dish, features that prove Antonio’s does all Italian well.

Star Pizza

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Though Star Pizza allows guests to choose from white or wheat crust on its New York and Chicago deep dish-style pizzas, the wheat crust has a cult following as does the house-made dressing, which only enhances carb-heavy pies. Try the beloved Starburst with ground beef and Italian sausage or the three-cheese Cowbell, with its slow-smoked brisket and barbecue sauce. Save room for its dessert pizza — apple cinnamon pie topped with seasoned apples, toasted walnuts, and chocolate sauce.

Spanky's

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Reminiscent of older, classic pizza joints, many locals swear by this East End, family-owned establishment for dishing out consistently good pizza with a side of nostalgia for more than 40 years. All favorites, including the Super Duper supreme, Meat Lovers, and a Hawaiian pizza with ham and pineapple, can be customized with thin, New York-style, deep dish, or whole wheat crusts, and pair well with the crispy wings, fried pickles, and cheesy breadsticks.

Brother's Pizzeria

With four decades of Big Apple-inspired pizza-making experience, Brother’s Pizzeria brings a feast of pizza parlor favorites to Garden Oaks. Score a single slice or spring for a feast with pies up to 18 inches featuring toppings like meatballs, hamburger, salami, and anchovies. Hungry for more? The menu also boasts Italian subs, red sauce plates, meat-filled calzones, and New York-style cheesecake.

Pink's Pizza

Beyond traditional toppings like pepperoni and anchovies, Pinks offers a slew of specialty pizzas in 12-inch and 16-inch sizes. The Big Boss piles on a hefty mix of pepperoni, Italian sausage, bacon, beef, and Canadian bacon, while the Southwestern packs a punch with barbecue chicken and jalapeños. For those with dietary restrictions, Pinks also offers dairy-free mozzarella and gluten-free crusts.

Coltivare Pizza & Garden

This rustic Heights restaurant keeps things simple and sophisticated with pizza offerings built with farm fresh toppings. Standouts include a pie topped with slow-cooked pork, peppers, caramelized onions, chiles, Italian cheese, sauce Bianco, and fennel pollen, or a pie topped with squash, smoked mozzarella, pesto, and pine nuts. For something more traditional, spring for the Revival Pepperoni, a comforting pie topped with pepperoni, tomato sauce, mozzarella, and Parmesan.

Betelgeuse Betelgeuse

Named after a red supergiant star but pronounced “Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice,” this newly-opened cocktail bar promises an intergalactic theme with cheesy, crispy-crusted pizzas, all baked in cast iron pans. The Pepps pizza, made with natural-cased pepperoni, and the cheese pizza are both classics, but if you’re being adventurous, try the Alpha Centauri, made with house-made sausage, sauteed peppers, Calabrian chili oil, and a refreshing hint of orange zest. Big fan of dough? Order the Space Balls, which are like a fried hybrid of garlic bread and beignets, served with marinara.

an aluminium tray of Betelgeuse Betelgeuse’s Space Balls (fried dough) with a side of marinara.
Betelgeuse Betelgeuse’s Space Balls are a cross between beignets and garlic bread.
Betelgeuse Betelgeuse

Frank's Pizza

With its prime location among Downtown’s buzziest bars, Frank’s is synonymous with late-night eats. 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 inches. Plain cheese and pepperoni slices entice from behind glass cases, but you can order specialty pizzas like the Cajun-inspired boudin and bacon pizza, or the Scrumptious Supreme, which is loaded with the works.

Romano's Pizza

With owners from New York, Romano’s is the place for those seeking out a true slice from the Big Apple. Despite its ritzy River Oaks address, the sights and sounds within the no-frills cafe are true of an old-fashioned pizza parlor. Pies are prepared on fresh dough — baked daily — with toppings that range from traditional pepperoni and Italian sausage to spinach and feta cheese. For a carb-loaded bite, there is the Sicilian deep dish presented in thick square slices. Go for the pizza, but stay for all of the additional Italian eats. Along with cheesy calzones and hot and cold subs, Romano’s offers a legendary baked ziti dinner.

Pizaro's Pizza Napoletana II

At this Napoletana-style pizzeria, red and white pies are baked at 900 degrees in the restaurant’s wood-fired oven. Choose your own adventure with toppings like Iberico de bellota, prosciutto, and goat cheese or select from favorites like the fragrant, truffle oil-topped patata y funghi. New York and Detroit-style offerings are available, too, including Pizaro’s signature Detroit-style pie stuffed with ricotta, mozzarella, and tomato sauce. Insider tip: Pair your pie with a vino of choice, since Pizaro’s is BYOB.

Vinny’s

This EaDo pizza destination is a crust-lovers’ haven. Thick, bread-y slices provide a solid base for hearty meats, veggies, and cheese. The provolone-topped classic pairs pepperoni and Italian sausage with mushrooms, red peppers, onions, and olives, while the Maui Wowie layers roasted pineapple with prosciutto and pickled jalapeños. Visit for lunch and enjoy a pizza-combo meal for a cool $11.

Tiny Champions

Fans of Nancy’s Hustle will agree that its sister concept Tiny Champions is a huge win for Houston’s End. Imaginative pizzas like the fennel sausage or anchovy filets with garlic grace the menu, along with a quality wine list and interesting beverages, including plenty of zero-proof cocktails. Pies are all 14 inches, making them totally shareable — or not.

Ostia

It’s likely if you’ve only gone to this Hyde Park restaurant for dinner you haven’t had a chance to try one of its most addicting dishes — its pizza. Only served during lunch, these wood-fired pies often include a classic margherita; a rossa, topped with tomato sauce, garlic chile oil, and pepperoni; and a version of the bianco, a white pizza covered in sausage, extra virgin olive oil, goat cheese, and shishito peppers. Be sure to check back each season, when the menus change.

Love Buzz

Part dive bar, part pizza parlor, Love Buzz serves up slices and creative whole pies on house-fermented dough until the wee hours of 2 a.m. Have your breakfast pizza for dinner with the Wake and Bake — a one-of-a-kind egg, bacon, and hash brown-topped pie, or try the sweet and fiery Spittin’ Venom with fresh jalapeños, fresh habaneros, and chipotle honey.

The Gypsy Poet

Rock on with Parmesan at the Gypsy Poet Studio. Not only does this Midtown hideaway sling a curated menu of 13-inch artisan pizzas, but it serves as an artist’s studio featuring local musicians. Take in the sounds of live music or sit in on an active rehearsal session while noshing on the Sicilian Journey, a white pizza topped with Italian sausage and ricotta. The spicy Pepperoni Madness, topped with big pepperoni, mozzarella, and hot honey, is a crowd favorite.

Piola

At this pizza favorite in the heart of Midtown, thin crust pizzas are inventive and unique. There are several “no tomato sauce” pies to pick from, like the Odessa with prosciutto crudo, caramelized onions, goat cheese, and alfredo, or the mozzarella-less burrata which simply pairs the thick, fluffy cheese with fresh basil. Looking for alternative cheese and crust options? Here, you can substitute vegan cheese or opt for a cauliflower or chia seed crust.

Bollo Woodfired Pizza

Team red sauce or white? This River Oaks pizzeria offers a slew of options for fans of both bianco or rosse pies. The white sauce-topped shrimp scampi boasts Gulf shrimp with mozzarella and romano cheeses and thinly sliced lemons, while the red-sauced margherita is fragrant with fresh tomatoes and basil. Either way is a win.

Luigi's Pizzeria

Hidden in plain sight at Axelrad Beer Garden in Midtown, Luigi’s is one of the city’s best-kept pizza secrets. Oversized slices are available in varieties like margherita, Caprese, or the Mexicana, built with fajita meat and pico de gallo. Plus, New York-style pies up to 16 inches can be ordered and enjoyed throughout the sprawling grounds. Pull up a hammock and stay awhile. Outside of Houston’s city limits but still craving Luigi’s? Try its Bellaire and League City locations.

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Luna Pizzeria

At Luna Pizzeria, the 9-inch personal pizzas are meant to be just that — a concoction of your favorite ingredients, but the pizza joint still offers suggestions. In addition to the build-your-own option, six styles are offered, including the margherita, pepperoni, mushroom, sausage, spicy andouille, and prosciutto and arugula. While the individual pies are perfect to keep all to yourself, for $8 more, you can score a large to share. Sweeten the experience by playing the board and card games on hand, and split a toasty apple crostata for dessert.

A pizza at Luna Pizzeria topped with red sauce and basil.
Luna Pizzeria is a playful pizza joint, offering customizable pizza and games for dine-in.
Luna Pizzeria

Capone's Oven & Bar

Named after the American gangster Al Capone, this buzzy, 1920’s River Oaks hangout offers quality Italian eats with a side of live music on the weekends. Pies range from traditional (as in the veggie or margherita), to adventurous like the Big Otis, which is topped with skirt steak, smoked chicken, and applewood-smoked bacon. Insider tip: Visit on a Monday for half-priced pizza all day.

Antonio’s Flying Pizza

As if dough going airborne isn’t enough to get anyone’s attention, this 51-year-old restaurant backs up its pizza-tossing skills with freshness and flavor. With owners from New York by way of Sicily, Antonio’s offers pies up to 16 inches with a host of toppings. Trust them to choose a combination for you and you’ll get one of their seriously delicious signature styles, including the Tarfuta, which is topped with mushrooms, prosciutto, mozzarella, cream sauce, and truffle oil. Add the fried calamari or a pasta dish, features that prove Antonio’s does all Italian well.

Star Pizza

Though Star Pizza allows guests to choose from white or wheat crust on its New York and Chicago deep dish-style pizzas, the wheat crust has a cult following as does the house-made dressing, which only enhances carb-heavy pies. Try the beloved Starburst with ground beef and Italian sausage or the three-cheese Cowbell, with its slow-smoked brisket and barbecue sauce. Save room for its dessert pizza — apple cinnamon pie topped with seasoned apples, toasted walnuts, and chocolate sauce.

Spanky's

Reminiscent of older, classic pizza joints, many locals swear by this East End, family-owned establishment for dishing out consistently good pizza with a side of nostalgia for more than 40 years. All favorites, including the Super Duper supreme, Meat Lovers, and a Hawaiian pizza with ham and pineapple, can be customized with thin, New York-style, deep dish, or whole wheat crusts, and pair well with the crispy wings, fried pickles, and cheesy breadsticks.

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