DFW is known for having some of the best Mexican food in the world. How does it rate in the pizza department? It may not be Milano -- or even New York City -- but we still have some pretty great pizza.
I love a thin-crust pizza and Caddy's crust is crispy, thin and delicious--one of the best I've tasted in DFW. They make their sauce and dough fresh daily and feature Texas-grown vegetables and herbs. We ordered the classic margarita pizza with fresh basil and Roma tomatoes (but added some pepperoni for the meat lover in us). It was devine and it's making me hungry just thinking about it.
Bonus: You will get an incredible concert while you dine. We saw Quinten Hope Trio on a Friday night and his friend (guitar legend) Andy Timmons just happened to sit in and the soulful Maylee Thomas joined in for a couple of songs.
Location: Cadillac Pizza Pub, 112 S. Kentucky Street, McKinney, TX 75069. 972-547-3833
Campisi's has one of the best thin-crust pizzas in DFW. The pizza has had patrons coming back since it was first introduced to Dallas in 1946. The crust is thin, it's in an oblong shape, and the toppings are delicious and the restaurant is legendary in Dallas. You can dine on free pizza in the bar during happy hour (if you order 2 adult beverages). In addition to the pizza, Campisi's has the best fried calamari in DFW. Nothing even comes close.
Locations: There are 7 locations in the Metroplex including the original Campisi's Egyptian Lounge at 5610 E Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas 75206. 214-827-0355.
Coal Vines is like the neighborhood restaurant that its owner, Joseph Palladino, grew up eating in New York. This pizza place has a full menu and excellent wine menu. The pizza is excellent and the atmosphere reminds me of being in New York City. I recommend the white pizza (mozzarella, ricotta and parmesan cheeses with oregano) but you can't go wrong with any of their pies.
As a bonus, Sunday brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with omelletes, Coal Vines Benedict, Butterfinger Pancakes, and Sunday Quiche.
Locations: Dallas - 2404 Cedar Springs Road, Suite 500, Dallas, TX 75201. 214-855-4449
Southlake - 1251 E. Southlake Blvd, Suite 301, Southlake, TX 76092. 817-310-0850
Plano - 7300 Lone Star Drive, Plano, TX. 972-943-1339
You may have to wait at Covino's because it's a popular spot. But the good news is: it's BYOB. So bring a bottle of chianti to enjoy on the patio while you wait on the crowd to finish. On my first trip to Covino's, my friend ordered us a cheese pizza as an appetizer. We didn't need anything else. It was delicious! And it has that "Little Italy" feel of NYC. That's another way of say tables very close to each other. There are choices: NY style and deep dish -- so there's something for everyone. I have not tried the Abruzzi Bread (sausage, pepperoni, provolone cheese & Spinach baked in a pizza crust) but Mama Mia that sounds good.
Location: Covino's, 3265 Independence Pkwy, Plano, TX 75075. 972-519-0345
Location: Dough Pizzeria Napoletana is located at 11909 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75230. 972-788-4600.
Specialty pies include the White Pie made with ricotta cheese, Vegetarian Pie, and the Buffalo Chicken Pie.
Location: Ferrari's Pizzaria, 5024 Tennyson Parkway, Plano, TX 75024. 972-473-0700.
After reviewing some readers' comments on their favorite pizzas, I couldn't shake the desire for Fireside Pies. My husband and I sat on the patio one recent evening and enjoyed a 1/2 pepperoni, 1/2 Texas sausage. The weather was perfect--just a little cool--but the patio heaters kept us just warm enough. We also saw some friends walk by and we invited them to join us for a glass of wine. This is a great place for a appetizer, salad, pizza or dessert.
Locations in Dallas, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Plano
Whatever you do, don't miss the Paulie Gee Pizza. It's italian tomatoes (their crushed tomato version of sauce), fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, hot soppresta (it's like pepperoni), carmelized onions and calabrian peppers atop their fabulous neopolitan crust. We sampled it and it was well worth the drive.
Order the Caesar Salad. It's one of the best I've ever sampled. Huge slivers of fresh parmesean cheese, crostini, and get this -- real anchovies on the side. (My husband ate them; I did not). This salad can easily feed four people. Don't be afraid to share. At $8, it's a bargain.
Even renowned foodie-restauranteur-TV personality Guy Fieri blessed the location a painted stamp of approval on their wall.
il Cane Rosso, 2612 Commerce Street, Dallas, TX 75226. 214-741-1188.
Two brothers from Illinois put together a great, thin-crust (yes, it's still Chicago-style) pizza. But is it a bar or is it a pizza place? It's both. You'll find Chicago-box cut pizza. Even their sausage is homemade.
Location: Louie's, 1839 N. Henderson, Dallas, TX 75206. 214-826-0505
New York style pizza.
Location: Napoli's Pizza and Pasta, 915 W. Centerville, Garland, TX 75041. 972-613-0800.
It’s the oldest pizzeria in Dallas. Using a Sicilian family recipe that's been handed down from generation to generation, Frank, the son of Marco, knows the secret spices that go into the sauce and dough which he makes fresh daily.
Locations: Preston/Royal - 10720 Preston Road, Suite 1014, Dallas, TX 75230. 214-363-6122
Parker/Tollway - 5960 W. Parker Road, Suite 286, Plano, TX 75093. 972-378-4085
Addison - 5000 Beltline Road, Suite 430, Addison, TX 75254. 972-661-5075
Prestonwood - 3220 E. Hebron Pkwy., Carrollton, TX 972-307-5500
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