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Houston's Iconic Pizzerias According to the Readers

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After reading impassioned pleas and spirited suggestions for Houston's most iconic pizzerias, the list of the city's best pies according to readers is here. Below are the places that have either withstood the test of time in the local dining scene, or that have made a strong presence in the last few years. Some are Neapolitan-, Chicago-, New York-style and everything in between: Here are Houston's iconic pizza places according to you. Think there's a glaring omission? Let us know in the comments or via the tipline here.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Dolce Vita Pizzeria & Enoteca

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500 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 520-8222
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The most casual of Gloria and Marco Wiles' establishments, this pizzeria turns out gourmet pizzas topped with everything from baby clams to rapini greens in a laid-back atmosphere. The couple—who also owns Da Marco and Vinoteca Poscol— has a sampler pie on the menu that lets locals taste different slices all in one pie.

2. Pizaro's Pizza

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14028 Memorial Dr
Houston, TX 77079
(281) 589-7277
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Among the most respected pizzerias in Houston, it was founded by owner Bill Hutchinson who left his first career to pursue his passion for pizza. He's also VPN-certified, a title that ensures locals an authentic Neapolitan-style pizza.

3. Barry's Pizza & Italian Diner

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6003 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 266-8692
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The family-owned pizzeria has been operating in Houston since 1983. In that time, it's earned a place in the local scene for its deep-dish options and fresh ingredients.

4. Fuzzy's Pizza & Cafe

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832 Antoine Dr
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 682-8836
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The original location on Antoine has been operating for 30 years and is still going strong. On the website, owner Fuzzy declares: "I opened this restaurant with only 500 square feet of kitchen and dining area."

5. Antonio's Flying Pizza

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2920 Hillcroft St
Houston, TX 77057
(770) 607-4992
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The atmosphere at Antonio's Flying Pizza transports diners to some big Italian family's dining room, complete with loud Italian coming from Sicilian-born owner Antonio Rosa, a lively pizza vet. The pie-making process here is loud, too, with saucers of dough being flung into the air for a perfectly round pizza. It's been around for 40 years and seems to never change, which a good thing.

6. Star Pizza

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2111 Norfolk St
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 523-0800
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For some reason, Star Pizza sparks a huge debate with pizza snobs around the city. Some love it, others aren't so fond of it, but everyone can agree that after almost 38 years in business, it's definitely earned a place on the pizza icons map. Plus, it's hard to not crave the occasional Starburst and baked goat cheese.

7. Pi Pizza Truck

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Moving Target!
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 513-9453
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Tattoo-covered pizza maker Anthony Calleo and his tattoo-covered truck have earned a strong local following thanks to a distinct brand and internationally-inspired slices. Calleo's Pi success bodes well for his upcoming brick-and-mortar shop and for his recently opened sister establishment Sandy Witch, inside Grand Prize Bar.

8. Spanky's Pizza

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7210 South Loop E
Houston, TX 77087
(713) 581-8403
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With 35 years under its belt, this southeast side pizza place remains a no-frills destination for solid pie. While they also serve a variety of other dishes, the place has become popular for its fresh toppings and yeasty, chewy crust.

9. Brothers Pizzeria

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3820B N Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77018
The New York-style slices are huge, topped with fresh vegetables or crisp pepperoni have earned this pizza place several votes. The by-the-slice option also makes it a good lunch destination.

10. Luigi's Pizzeria

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3700 Almeda Rd
Houston, TX 77004
(281) 793-3333
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The thin crust that's chewy and perfectly charred somehow withstands the weight of the generous toppings at this family-owned place. The BYOB policy makes it a great place to hang out at the picnic table-packed patio, especially with refreshing on-site gelato.

11. Frank's Pizza

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417 Travis St
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 225-5656
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For years, this pizza parlor has come to the rescue of many an over-served downtown reveler. The greasy pepperoni on a foldable, New York-style crust is perfect for soaking up beer—or having another pint from the impressive local draft selection—in the wee hours of the night.

12. Coppa Ristorante Italiano

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5555 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 426-4260
Chef Brandi Key was perfecting the gourmet, coppa-topped thin crust pizzas at this Washington location well before there was mention of the new Coppa Osteria in the Rice Village. The pizza here skews toward authentic Italian toppings, and the happy hour pricing is a steal.

13. Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers

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16000 Stuebner Airline Rd
Spring, TX 77379
(832) 698-8888
The thin crust here somehow manages to stand up to the weight of the creative toppings. Those seeking a strange assortment of ingredients on their crust need only visit this restaurant to be inspired. The beer selection is also very respectable, with good local options, an impressive feat for the large, Georgia-based chain.

14. Piola

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3201 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77006
This Italian-born chain is an international success, and it's impressing Midtowners with both its regular thin crust and its Neapolitan-style options. It hasn't been around town as long as some other places on the map, but it did well enough to earn a good number of votes.

15. Romano's Pizza

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1528 W Gray St
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 526-1182
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Another place that received several votes is this River Oaks spot that prides itself on authentic New York-style pizza. By-the-slice or by-the-pie, the options here have standard toppings on well-executed thin-but-sturdy crust for when you're just craving a solid traditional slice.

16. Kenneally's Irish Pub

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2111 S Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 630-0486
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You wouldn't think that an Irish pub would gain acclaim for its pizza, but this bar's name was submitted to our tipline more than a few times. One of the super-thin crusts is topped with corned beef, an homage to the Irish name.

17. Crust Pizza

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8000 Research Forest Dr
Woodlands, TX 77382
(832) 585-0999
Whether you're ordering the Jamaican jerk chicken pizza or a traditional margherita, the pizza here received several email votes. The Woodlands-area parlor is giving that suburb a good name.

18. Pink's Pizza

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710 W. Gray St.
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 521-7465
Even with some higher-end toppings and cheeses, Pink's manages to still seem fun and relaxed. The chain has been growing at an impressive rate, with locations opening up all over town, six total as of today. Order by the slice or pie, it's a good late-night option too.

19. Bombay Pizza Co.

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914 Main St, Ste 105
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 654-4444
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Although its seen its share of controversy, due in large part to an unpaid wages lawsuit that was only recently settled, this pizza spot earned some votes thanks to its Indian toppings. The pizzeria has been topping classic hand-tossed crust with traditional Indian dishes for five years now.

20. Grimaldi's Pizzeria

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16535 Southwest Fwy
Sugar Land, TX 77479
(281) 265-2280
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Coal-fired pizza at Grimaldi’s has been a Texan success. This chain has improved the local pizza scene enough to have received more than a few votes for its less-sauce, more-cheese approach and perfectly chewy thin crust.

21. Capone's Bar & Grill

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4304 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 840-0010
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It might not be a designated pizza place, but some readers raved about the inventive slices here that have made it "a go-to" for those seeking good brick-oven-fired pizza in the Galleria area.

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1. Dolce Vita Pizzeria & Enoteca

500 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
The most casual of Gloria and Marco Wiles' establishments, this pizzeria turns out gourmet pizzas topped with everything from baby clams to rapini greens in a laid-back atmosphere. The couple—who also owns Da Marco and Vinoteca Poscol— has a sampler pie on the menu that lets locals taste different slices all in one pie.
500 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

2. Pizaro's Pizza

14028 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77079
Among the most respected pizzerias in Houston, it was founded by owner Bill Hutchinson who left his first career to pursue his passion for pizza. He's also VPN-certified, a title that ensures locals an authentic Neapolitan-style pizza.
14028 Memorial Dr
Houston, TX 77079

3. Barry's Pizza & Italian Diner

6003 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77057
The family-owned pizzeria has been operating in Houston since 1983. In that time, it's earned a place in the local scene for its deep-dish options and fresh ingredients.
6003 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77057

4. Fuzzy's Pizza & Cafe

832 Antoine Dr, Houston, TX 77024
The original location on Antoine has been operating for 30 years and is still going strong. On the website, owner Fuzzy declares: "I opened this restaurant with only 500 square feet of kitchen and dining area."
832 Antoine Dr
Houston, TX 77024

5. Antonio's Flying Pizza

2920 Hillcroft St, Houston, TX 77057
The atmosphere at Antonio's Flying Pizza transports diners to some big Italian family's dining room, complete with loud Italian coming from Sicilian-born owner Antonio Rosa, a lively pizza vet. The pie-making process here is loud, too, with saucers of dough being flung into the air for a perfectly round pizza. It's been around for 40 years and seems to never change, which a good thing.
2920 Hillcroft St
Houston, TX 77057

6. Star Pizza

2111 Norfolk St, Houston, TX 77098
For some reason, Star Pizza sparks a huge debate with pizza snobs around the city. Some love it, others aren't so fond of it, but everyone can agree that after almost 38 years in business, it's definitely earned a place on the pizza icons map. Plus, it's hard to not crave the occasional Starburst and baked goat cheese.
2111 Norfolk St
Houston, TX 77098

7. Pi Pizza Truck

Moving Target!, Houston, TX 77007
Tattoo-covered pizza maker Anthony Calleo and his tattoo-covered truck have earned a strong local following thanks to a distinct brand and internationally-inspired slices. Calleo's Pi success bodes well for his upcoming brick-and-mortar shop and for his recently opened sister establishment Sandy Witch, inside Grand Prize Bar.
Moving Target!
Houston, TX 77007

8. Spanky's Pizza

7210 South Loop E, Houston, TX 77087
With 35 years under its belt, this southeast side pizza place remains a no-frills destination for solid pie. While they also serve a variety of other dishes, the place has become popular for its fresh toppings and yeasty, chewy crust.
7210 South Loop E
Houston, TX 77087

9. Brothers Pizzeria

3820B N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77018
The New York-style slices are huge, topped with fresh vegetables or crisp pepperoni have earned this pizza place several votes. The by-the-slice option also makes it a good lunch destination.
3820B N Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77018

10. Luigi's Pizzeria

3700 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77004
The thin crust that's chewy and perfectly charred somehow withstands the weight of the generous toppings at this family-owned place. The BYOB policy makes it a great place to hang out at the picnic table-packed patio, especially with refreshing on-site gelato.
3700 Almeda Rd
Houston, TX 77004

11. Frank's Pizza

417 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002
For years, this pizza parlor has come to the rescue of many an over-served downtown reveler. The greasy pepperoni on a foldable, New York-style crust is perfect for soaking up beer—or having another pint from the impressive local draft selection—in the wee hours of the night.
417 Travis St
Houston, TX 77002

12. Coppa Ristorante Italiano

5555 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007
Chef Brandi Key was perfecting the gourmet, coppa-topped thin crust pizzas at this Washington location well before there was mention of the new Coppa Osteria in the Rice Village. The pizza here skews toward authentic Italian toppings, and the happy hour pricing is a steal.
5555 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007

13. Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers

16000 Stuebner Airline Rd, Spring, TX 77379
The thin crust here somehow manages to stand up to the weight of the creative toppings. Those seeking a strange assortment of ingredients on their crust need only visit this restaurant to be inspired. The beer selection is also very respectable, with good local options, an impressive feat for the large, Georgia-based chain.
16000 Stuebner Airline Rd
Spring, TX 77379

14. Piola

3201 Louisiana St., Houston, TX 77006
This Italian-born chain is an international success, and it's impressing Midtowners with both its regular thin crust and its Neapolitan-style options. It hasn't been around town as long as some other places on the map, but it did well enough to earn a good number of votes.
3201 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77006

15. Romano's Pizza

1528 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019
Another place that received several votes is this River Oaks spot that prides itself on authentic New York-style pizza. By-the-slice or by-the-pie, the options here have standard toppings on well-executed thin-but-sturdy crust for when you're just craving a solid traditional slice.
1528 W Gray St
Houston, TX 77019

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16. Kenneally's Irish Pub

2111 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77019
You wouldn't think that an Irish pub would gain acclaim for its pizza, but this bar's name was submitted to our tipline more than a few times. One of the super-thin crusts is topped with corned beef, an homage to the Irish name.
2111 S Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77019

17. Crust Pizza

8000 Research Forest Dr, Woodlands, TX 77382
Whether you're ordering the Jamaican jerk chicken pizza or a traditional margherita, the pizza here received several email votes. The Woodlands-area parlor is giving that suburb a good name.
8000 Research Forest Dr
Woodlands, TX 77382

18. Pink's Pizza

710 W. Gray St., Houston, TX 77019
Even with some higher-end toppings and cheeses, Pink's manages to still seem fun and relaxed. The chain has been growing at an impressive rate, with locations opening up all over town, six total as of today. Order by the slice or pie, it's a good late-night option too.
710 W. Gray St.
Houston, TX 77019

19. Bombay Pizza Co.

914 Main St, Ste 105, Houston, TX 77002
Although its seen its share of controversy, due in large part to an unpaid wages lawsuit that was only recently settled, this pizza spot earned some votes thanks to its Indian toppings. The pizzeria has been topping classic hand-tossed crust with traditional Indian dishes for five years now.
914 Main St, Ste 105
Houston, TX 77002

20. Grimaldi's Pizzeria

16535 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land, TX 77479
Coal-fired pizza at Grimaldi’s has been a Texan success. This chain has improved the local pizza scene enough to have received more than a few votes for its less-sauce, more-cheese approach and perfectly chewy thin crust.
16535 Southwest Fwy
Sugar Land, TX 77479

21. Capone's Bar & Grill

4304 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027
It might not be a designated pizza place, but some readers raved about the inventive slices here that have made it "a go-to" for those seeking good brick-oven-fired pizza in the Galleria area.
4304 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77027

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