DFW might not be world-famous for pizza, but there are indeed some world-class choices here. Next time you get a hankerin’ for pizza that’s above and beyond the norm, check out these fine examples of Italian bliss.
In Dallas, if there’s one definitively Texas institution for pizza, it’s Campisi’s. It’s been around since the 40s and trust us, you’ve never seen so many oblong (yet somehow not misshapen) pizzas in one place in your life. Now with nine Dallas-area locations, Campisi’s is a good bet for a great slice (or 4).
Cavalli Pizzeria Napoletana
If you’ve ever heard anyone refer to New York-style pizza, they mean the one with the thin, foldable Napolitano crust. Surprisingly, no one in DFW could get one until 2008, when Cavalli rolled into Irving and brought Napolitano pizza with it. They also have a shop in McKinney, and it’s just as Italian.
Zoli’s NY Pizza Tavern
Speaking of Napolitano pizza, Zoli’s in Oak Cliff brings the delicious combo of rich, red tomato sauce and gooey mozzarella cheese to one of Dallas’ up-and-coming trendy neighborhoods. If your tastes run a little more southern (southern Italian, that is), try one of Zoli’s awesome Sicilian pies.
A decadent twist on the New York-style pizza is to make the crust puffier and the cheese and tomato sauce hedonistically divine. Dare we say the crust at Fireside Pies, the Henderson Avenue mainstay for pizza lovers, is actually voluptuous? Yeah. We dare say.
Grimaldi’s, Various locations in DFW
Chain restaurants seldom get the notice they deserve when they’re good. But Grimaldi’s corners the market on what real New York pizza tastes like. Not what New York-style pizza tastes like, what actual New York pizza tastes like. The company filters local water so that its chemical composition matches that of the water in New York (which actually is considered the among cleanest and best-tasting in the country), so that the crust comes out exactly right. If you’re from the East Coast, taste this little slice of home, it doesn’t get any more authentic (or delicious) than this.