Dallas' Five Best Pizzas

Categories: Best Of Dallas

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Slice topped with onions, anchovies and extra garlic -- Nobody is hooking up after this slice
Serious Pizza
The You Tried to Hook Up But Failed Miserably Pizza
Let's face it: Sometimes a slice of pie is just a vehicle for sopping up booze and sadness. When despite your best showing you can't take home any member of your targeted gender, you can always take home a Serious pizza slice. Just don't pass out with it. That sauce is hard on your sheets. Ladies, don't even pretend you're not susceptible, too.

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1. Cane Rosso
The Best Pizza. Period.
I gave Cane Rosso our Best of Dallas award a little more than a month ago. Since then things have only gotten better. They recently hired Dino Santonicola, a lifelong pizzailolo, who immediately started tweaking recipes. Santonicola increased hydration, making for a looser, more delicate dough that's a bitch to work with but makes for a lighter pie. If you don't like the Neapolitan style, don't bother. But if you like your football round, your wheels piaggio and your pizza Italian, this is the place to eat.


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BOOZEKILLS
BOOZEKILLS

Only fools use the dangerous alcohol drug.

Double-O-Joe
Double-O-Joe

"a vehicle for sopping up booze and sadness"

 

I thought this list was about pizza, not every meal I've eaten for the past 5 years.

HOTCHAGIRL
HOTCHAGIRL

First, Il Cane Rosso's was the soggiest pizza I've ever had the displeasure of tonguing, our waitress acted like we were bothering her when we asked for silverware and plates, didn't give us side plates for our family-style bowl of salad, and for that price? I will not go back. 

Second, PIGGIE PIES.

Aaron Porkstick Miller
Aaron Porkstick Miller

Scott--while I respect you, you make me really fucking sad.  Pizza Villa @ Beltline/75 in Richardson has been there since 1978 for a reason.  Back when Rockyano's was amazing on Spring Valley--Pizza Villa had been doing pizza well for a good while.  To even consider a lunch at some of the places above costs $20 bucks.  Dino's in Richardson Square Mall was making kick ass pizza  for literally change.  Let all of these fancy fucks and chefs get fancier and more expensive.  I'll be at Pizza Villa (with their signature old school sausage dust) with a Special.  Long before any of these chains and fancy shit--there was Pizza Villa.  Get your mouth right!

Hummmmdinger
Hummmmdinger

Grimaldi's is pretty darn good folks! I believe it to be one of the best thin crust pizza's in Dallas right now. For a nasty, thick, tasty pizza, I would say Piggie Pies. I've always liked Carmine's downtown as well.

I agree with many of you though, not sure why people still rave about Campisi's....it's so ugh.

Ms. T
Ms. T

I like Cigarz Bona's pizza at Gaston & Garland. It never gets any attention from the papers or blogs, but it should.

Darryl
Darryl

Have you tried Atomic Pie in Lake Highlands?

Danwilsontx
Danwilsontx

Try venturing south of 30 and heading to Sam's Pizza in Cedar Hill. Hands down best NY style pizza in DFW. Maybe nor officially Dallas but still worth the drive

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

There is a really scrumptious pizza place that probably no one has heard of but it's undoubtedly the bets pizza around. It's called CiCi's. They even have a cheap all you can eat buffet for it! One bite of this gourmet pie and you'll be racing back to this luscious 5-star pizza place regularly. Coming to an Albertson's anchored shopping center near you!

Loves Pizza
Loves Pizza

Enos was ok, not top 5. Agree about Campisis. Didn't love Louie's or Cane Rosso, but will go back and retry. Serious Pizza would have been good if I had been plastered, but I was sadly sober. Great ambience--sitting at the bar was fun. My tops are Coal Vines, Urban Crust (Plano) and Brothers on Meadow and Central. Grimaldi's is worth a try, and we still enjoy Covino's in Plano.

Kstein
Kstein

No Pizza by Marco???????  I call bulsh.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

Campsi's is everything that is wrong with Dallas food culture. The people affluent enough to spend the dough (pun intended) on food have the worst taste and keep old mediocre places serving garbage food in business. (Snuffers/Javier's/everything in HP Village). Just because their equally provincial and food ignorant parents used to take them to Campisi's after soccer practice at St Marks, or they used to order it while they were cheating on a remedial math homework at some sorority house at SMU, doesn't make it good.

Hersher
Hersher

it's already been mentioned, but leaving Louie's off the list ?  that's insane.  Not saying it's #1, but definitely in the top 3. 

Ahab
Ahab

An accurate list if you are south of mockinbird.

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

I dig the list. Have a few to try out from there.

Last time I was in Serious Pizza they were out of broccoli. It took me four, $2 PBRs to calm down. I was going to firebomb the joint.

twinwillow
twinwillow

My humble opinions....Campisi's is terrible pizza although, I will eat it if I have to.Eno's is good except it needs a bit more "chew" to the crust.Louie's isn't half bad. Neither is Dough or Brother's.But my absolute favorite is Il Cane Rosso.

Van
Van

Top 5 w/ two #4's, two w/o numbers and a #1. Scott, your listing skills need a brush up.

Brah Clee
Brah Clee

good list. fun.

Campisis sucks, im sorry. that's like 6th grade pizza party after a soccer game crap. or 8th grade sleepover shit.

Yes, Serious Pie isnt the BEST pizza in Dallas. But there's a time and place for everything. I've had it numerous times while stumbling around at night and have proclaimed it the "best pizza i've ever had". Right pizza, right time, right place. it reminds me of laid-back slice shops in socal...rad.

Zini's is shit too. their herbed dough and sweet sauce are not good.

Evan
Evan

I have no idea how Serious Pizza keeps ending up on recommendation lists. Unless you're drunk in Ellum, and Zini's and Mama Mia's have already closed, then no one should be going there.

joeat
joeat

Good list, particularly Eno's.  I have to admit I have never tried Louie's but hear lots of good things.  Campisis and Sals are definite NO's - old and tired and way past their prime..

Lee
Lee

Great list.  Campisi's and Louie's are comfortable and traditional, kinda like Primo's, Javier's, Wild About Harry's, and all the old Dallas stuff that in reality is just pretty mediocre.  The only pizza in town that I would consider adding is the pizza at Nova, but since it's really not a pizza restaurant, it probably doesn't count.

MattL1
MattL1

No arguments here.  Good list.  But beware the Louie's devotees. Their loyalty is not to be taken lightly.

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

Grimaldi's would have been on this list if there were six slices.

Moitaliaexpress
Moitaliaexpress

Italiaexpress is in cedarhill is the best hands down

Evan
Evan

Used to eat at the Duncanville location all the time, I loved it. I know it's been closed for a while, but I THINK Jimmy's, a family-owned knock-off (that once was much cause for pizza drama) in D'Ville is still open.

twinwillow
twinwillow

Oh, boy! I hope they have a brick oven and serve New Haven style white clam pizza.

twinwillow
twinwillow

You're right. In the 48 years I've been in Dallas, the people I knew then that are still here, still eat the same way. They're the very same people you'll see at El Fenix on Wednesday nights.

halldecker
halldecker

When Papa Joe ran things the 'baby' in the kitchen had been there 42 years.  When he died his children didn't understand,  you can build a pizza so cheap,  nobody will eat it.  The oven on Mockingbird had enough grime, grease,  flour and oil burned onto it,   to give the pie a unique smell and taste.   Move the same pies across the street to Kroger,  they're just one more frozen pizza to take home.

 

And,  single worst mistake,  buying the plumbing goods store and expanding into it.  Campisi's was intended to be a dive with a 50's jukebox and dim lights so you couldn't see what had fallen on the floor.  Expanding all over N Texas,  leading diners to believe they were having the same pizza as was served on Mockingbird,  a close #2.

 

 

 

Slewfoot
Slewfoot

Why the fuck would you "have to" eat pizza that you consider terrible?

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

Agree on all counts.  Campisi's is the Snuffers of pizza--too salty, too greasy.  Too bad because the crust isn't half bad.

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

This was an editing error. We were going to number them at some point but realized that they weren't any any order, since they're by category.

Aaron Porkstick Miller
Aaron Porkstick Miller

Campisi's USED to be good...now it is total garbage...ruined by high school kids.  

fake scott
fake scott

Uh oh, I detect Cletus from Grapevine.  Redneck much?

Coleman
Coleman

what? $2 PBR tallboys, awesome dough and great toppings don't do it for you?

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

Have them burn it and it's almost like you're at Frank Pepe's or Sally's Apizza!

Slewfoot
Slewfoot

Didn't you once say that you eat lunch at 1st Chinese BBQ every Thursday? I'm sure you did....

Slewfoot
Slewfoot

Then what are you doing at El Fenix on Wednesday nights?

twinwillow
twinwillow

Because, if I'm fucking hungry and they're fucking next door to me and I only have 20 fucking minutes to eat my fucking lunch.....Does that give you a fucking hint as to why I fucking "have to"?

Slewfoot
Slewfoot

A somewhat transparent Halloween get-up, twinkwillow.

Slewfoot
Slewfoot

Didn't you once say that you eat lunch at 1st Chinese BBQ every Thursday? I'm sure you did....

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I LOVE this response.......eff'ing genius!  Slewfoot gets zero points, and twinwillow gets 7 points-hurrah.  Try to explain to some turd why your eating Campisi's.........."Because, if I'm fucking hungry and they're fucking next door to me and I only have 20 fucking minutes to eat my fucking lunch.....

Does that give you a fucking hint as to why I fucking "have to"?".  Yuppies don't understand this concept, the would rather spend 12 bucks on a taco, on a fancy plate, with garnish......or not eat.

twinwillow
twinwillow

Will or, time? What would YOU do if you only had 20 minutes and you forgot to bring, probably your Oscar Mayer bologna sandwich on Mrs. Baird's white bread with mayo?

Slewfoot
Slewfoot

It gives me a hint as to your weakness of will.

twinwillow
twinwillow

You know, if you're hungry enough...........

kYle
kYle

Using that logic and replacing Cici's for Campisi's, do you eat or do you go hungry? 

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