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Reginelli's
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Where the Calzones Are (Almost) Better Than the Pizza

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Reginelli's
| Photo: Gary Wise

Whether you're a calzone devotee or not, almost any cheese lover can agree that one quality the cheesy pouch has over a pie is that you can get away with stuffing it with tons more cheese, meat and veggies. And some Houston establishments have caught on to that fact by serving up calzones that are (almost) better than the pizza they serve. And in some cases, the calzones are absolutely better than the pizzas.


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Spaghetti Western Italian Cafe

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With "Western" in their name, you can guess that these calzones are as big as Texas. Each is about 12-inches long and is stuffed so that it comes up to about 4-inches tall. The spinach and chicken is good, but the meatball-, pepperoni- and sausage-stuffed pocket is a meat lover's go-to option.

Rocky’s Subs

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At this Greenspoint spot, the pizza is okay, the subs are delicious but the calzones are pretty remarkable. They're called turnovers here, and the 16-inch monsters start at just $6 each.

Brooklyn Phil's Italiano

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The UFO Pizza here is essentially an expanded calzone. It's shaped like a saucer and double stuffed then served on a pizza pan. It's a good shareable option.

La Fresca Pizza

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A calzone stuffed with pineapple sounds like it could be a Mexican dessert empanada, add ham and it's the Hawaiian at this Meyerland pizza shop. Choose that one, or build your own custom pocket.

Reginelli's Pizzeria

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This New Orleans import makes good pizzas, but not as good as the calzones they bake. One of these was recently mentioned by Houstonia's Robb Walsh, who ordered the Sergio's Special, one of four options at this Memorial City-area spot.

Gotham Pizza

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The pizza is pretty decent here, but it's the calzone that's captured the hearts and stomachs of many a late-night Midtown partier that stops in for an on-the-go pizza before hitting the next late-night spot in the neighborhood.

Two Guys Pizzeria

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The former New York Pizzeria has lost that chain's standard dough and sauces, and the current offerings are just okay, but it's the 12-inch pockets that really warrant a visit.

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Spaghetti Western Italian Cafe

With "Western" in their name, you can guess that these calzones are as big as Texas. Each is about 12-inches long and is stuffed so that it comes up to about 4-inches tall. The spinach and chicken is good, but the meatball-, pepperoni- and sausage-stuffed pocket is a meat lover's go-to option.

Rocky’s Subs

At this Greenspoint spot, the pizza is okay, the subs are delicious but the calzones are pretty remarkable. They're called turnovers here, and the 16-inch monsters start at just $6 each.

Brooklyn Phil's Italiano

The UFO Pizza here is essentially an expanded calzone. It's shaped like a saucer and double stuffed then served on a pizza pan. It's a good shareable option.

La Fresca Pizza

A calzone stuffed with pineapple sounds like it could be a Mexican dessert empanada, add ham and it's the Hawaiian at this Meyerland pizza shop. Choose that one, or build your own custom pocket.

Reginelli's Pizzeria

This New Orleans import makes good pizzas, but not as good as the calzones they bake. One of these was recently mentioned by Houstonia's Robb Walsh, who ordered the Sergio's Special, one of four options at this Memorial City-area spot.

Gotham Pizza

The pizza is pretty decent here, but it's the calzone that's captured the hearts and stomachs of many a late-night Midtown partier that stops in for an on-the-go pizza before hitting the next late-night spot in the neighborhood.

Two Guys Pizzeria

The former New York Pizzeria has lost that chain's standard dough and sauces, and the current offerings are just okay, but it's the 12-inch pockets that really warrant a visit.

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