Mayor Mike Rawlings' Top Five Dallas Pizzas

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A personal Meat Lover's pie from Pizza Hut
Pizza is a provincial food. A New Yorker will tell you a slice should be thin and floppy, the sauce just like so. A New Havener would skulk if a crust was missing that requisite char and might prefer clams over peperoni. Chicagoans turn pizza into a literal pie, practically daring you to eat more than one slice. Assembling five best pizza offerings in any city can be a deeply personal matter. Coming up with a single list for the masses would be impossible.

Mayor Mike Rawlings knows a thing or two about pizza, though. He spent six years running Dallas-based Pizza Hut before he took charge of Dallas itself. We asked him his five favorite pies in the Big D, and he obliged. See his picks and his commentary below.

1. Sal's Pepperoni
We're a long way from the streets of New York, but it's as close to Ray's famous NYC pizza as you can get.

2. Meat Lover's Pan Pizza from Pizza Hut.
It's a real man's pizza...

3. Eno's Original
Best crust in town and I love the sport peppers.

4. Coal Vines
The wheat pizza and a great red wine go great together.

5. Campisi's all the way
It's all about the toppings... and don't forget the dinner salad.

I'd say the Mayor was good to pick Eno's and Coal Vines. The Pizza Hut play was a gimmie, and Sal's won an Observer Best Of, way back in 2003. Still, picking pizza is a personal matter. I'd drop a few of the commercial pies and add a few local Neapolitan pizzerias.

Either way, I'm now incredibly hungry.


Location Info

Sal's Pizza

2525 Wycliff Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Eno's Pizza Tavern

407 N. Bishop Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Coal Vines

2404 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Campisi's Restaurant

5405 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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37 comments
Paul
Paul

Piggie Pies

You have to like their phone number 214-821-6465 (OINK)

mynameisURL
mynameisURL

"Mayor Mike Rawlings knows a thing or two about pizza, though. He spent six years running Dallas-based Pizza Hut..."

This says it all. I'm surprised he left "Little Ceasars" off his list.

Tilt
Tilt

For the past two years SOL'S have made a special heart shaped pizza and delivered it to my husband for Valentines Day.  Of course I order it several weeks in advance and think I had to talk the owner into it the first year.  My hubby said it is great pizza!

joeat
joeat

I definitely agree with the mayor on Eno's.  Fabulous cracker thin crust.

Noah W. Bailey
Noah W. Bailey

I don't care if they're chains--Grimaldi's and Picasso's destroy all of these. Campisi's? You gotta be kidding me.

Dallas75205
Dallas75205

Pizza Hut as # 2 - What a Joke!!  Pizza by Marco has the best pizza in Dallas!!!

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

Thin crust pizza goes to 'Louie's' hands down.

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

The 'Tomato' pizza formerly of Denton is the best thick crust pizza in the metroplex. It's now in Sanger.

twinwillow
twinwillow

It's quite obvious that the mayor doesn't know shit from shinola when it comes to pizza.

Lemonaioli
Lemonaioli

Have never understood why people love Campisi's so much. It's not good. When forced to go there (usually as part of a group thing when we're in East Dallas), I get pasta which is also truly mediocre. Meh.

Fighting_blindly
Fighting_blindly

what about chicago corner run by real chicagoans in mansfield?

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

shit yeah, pizza, fuck Im hungry now!  Think Ill grab a Nizza Pizza loaded on the way home today! mmmm

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

At least he didn't say Fireside, the only pizzas more overrated than Campisi's. Dough is pretty good, and Sal's is perfectly acceptable.

Chadkdotson
Chadkdotson

i would have put fratellis at the top 

CurtisEichelberger
CurtisEichelberger

what no pizza patron ? they sell half pizzas and take mexican peso's 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I knew I liked Mayor Mike......I had the honor of delivering him some BBQ not long ago.  Great taste in Pizza!  AND, a fellow New Englander.   

Campisi's and Sal's.....old school yummies!  Pizza Hut? Not bad.

Kergie likey!

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I would have taken this seriously if he wouldn't have included Pizza Hut and Campisi's.  Still trying to decide which list sucks more. Rawlings top 5 or Richie's QB Rankings.

MattL1
MattL1

The guy ran Pizza Hut.  Of course he knows nothing about pizza.

robizzle
robizzle

Because it is top DALLAS pizzas.  Mansfield?

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

That's come in handy after backpacking through Mexico one summer. 

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

" a fellow New Englander"

not suprised

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

We should pave Mansfield over, and make it into a parking lot....and that would IMPROVE Mansfield.

dr. g.
dr. g.

Backpacking in Mexico?  Why not just go to the hood and yell THAT word out-fool.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

If your head is not stuck on a bloody stump by some random gang.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Yeah, New Englander + pizza-you are a genius my friend.  That's like saying Dallas + tight man jeans. POW pow!

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

I wouldn't imagine someone from Frisco would enjoy it. Maybe you can start small and backpack through Grand Prairie!

Kergo Won Canobi
Kergo Won Canobi

No, don't backpack ANYWHERE south of San Antonio genius....and even that's dicey.  Hiking in Mexico is like wearing a suit made of fish on Kodiak Island.  

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Sorry to offend your kind...now "tollway up!".  Don't forget to flip up that Polo collar dude. 

Larry In Frisco
Larry In Frisco

Hey, thats my real name....just like yers is Walton Frigate the Third....heir to a garbage dump in Aledo-POW.

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