Bread, cheese, and all the toppings you can imagine—it’s no wonder pizza is one of our favorite foods. Sure, Chicago, Detroit, and New York are known for serving up some of the best pies in the country, but we’ve got stellar slices right here in Texas: There are pizzas almost as big as our state, “the best pizza in America” according to Urbanspoon, and even pizza with a stamp of approval from the Italian government! These spots are so good, you have to visit them all.
Pizza Shack, Montgomery
Seeing the success of Pizza Shack in Montgomery, you would never guess that this spot had such humble beginnings. It started out in a little house with just two KitchenAid mixers, a residential stove, a very small pizza oven, and a couple of tables and chairs. It’s been such a hit, they’ve since grown out of that space and have two locations! All their slices are great, but don’t miss the Mega Pizza: a cheesy pie that’s the equivalent of three large pizzas and nearly the size of a Ford F-150 tire!
Fralo’s, Hill Country
From hand-tossed pizzas with fresh toppings of every kind to live music on the patio, Fralo’s in the foothills of the Hill Country is all about fun! You’ll taste every bit of love they put in their pizzas because the owner, Frank Hakspiel, has his mother making all of the dough fresh every day! Locals love the signature pizzas like the Little Hottie that’s made with a quinoa dough and loaded with spicy tomato sauce, spicy Italian sausage, Roma tomatoes, red onion, jalapeño, corn, and cilantro.
Kenny’s East Coast Pizza, Plano
Kenny Bower’s passion (or obsession, as he calls it) for food led him to create his dream restaurant, Kenny’s East Coast Pizza. Before opening its doors in Plano, Kenny tested the recipes over and over until they were just right. He gained 30 pounds just trying to perfect his pizza crust! The quest for perfection paid off: People now travel from all over just to get a bite of the monstrous Lasagna Pizza—it’s covered in mounds of meatballs, mushrooms, pepperoni, and creamy ricotta cheese.
575° Pizzeria, Amarillo
Take a road trip on Route 66 to find one of the best slices of pizza in America! 575° Pizzeria in Amarillo was ranked among the “Best Overall Pizza” places in America by Urbanspoon in 2014. Yes, they fire up your classic favorites, but you’ll come back time and time again for their signature slices, like the unique Kamehameha, which is topped with an Asian-inspired ginger sauce, mozzarella, cheddar, candied jalapeños, red onions, chicken, and Canadian bacon.
Pieous, Dripping Springs
Wood-fired pizzas are the name of the game at Pieous in Dripping Springs, Texas. They take their pizzas very seriously, as evidenced in their motto: “Food is our religion.” This dedication to piping-hot pies has made the place so good, it’s one of the very few pizzerias in the state to be awarded the Vera Pizza Napoletana certification, a denomination of control established by the Italian government to regulate quality ingredients and traditional cooking styles. You’ll need to try their Neapolitan-style pies like the Margherita, with hand-pulled mozzarella, fresh basil, and organic crushed tomato sauce—you’ll swear it’s from a “higher power”!
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