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Carbs and Karbach at That Pizza Place on Ella

Excellent speciality pizzas and 90 different craft beers.

That Pizza Place will also gladly make you any specialty pizzas you want for the buffet — all you have to do is ask. We took a few slices of the bold Poppin' Prosciutto, with its sweet, musty, oven-softened bulbs of roasted garlic mingling with peppery goat cheese, and we filled up on meat with The Situation, topped with pepperoni, salami, sausage, bacon, spicy capicola and hot soppressata. We noshed on cinnamon-and-sugar-topped breadsticks for dessert, buttery and sweet and tasting of childhood. And we worked it all off demolishing each other at the air hockey table between swigs of (512) Wit and more delicious Karbach.

The next night, I sent my boyfriend back to That Pizza Place to pick up a pie for dinner — I still wanted to try the Dirty Bird, with its promise of pickles on a pizza, but couldn't bring myself to leave the house after a long day at work. The barbecue chicken-and-cheese pizza came back hot, gooey and topped with hand-sliced chunks of dill pickles in between the chicken and layers of cheese. It was all I imagined it to be, tasting like the marriage between a backyard barbecue and pizza night. And sometimes, in the sluggish summer evenings when the air is still and humid, that's all you want in life. Well, that and a really good beer.
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Pies include the Poppin' Prosciutto, which goes well with St. Arnold's or a Karbach.
Troy Fields
Pies include the Poppin' Prosciutto, which goes well with St. Arnold's or a Karbach.

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That Pizza Place on Ella

3322 Ella Blvd.
Houston, TX 77018

Category: Restaurant > Pizza

Region: Outer Loop - NE

Details

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to midnight Thursdays through Saturdays
All-you-can-eat buffet: $6.99
Pepperoni roll: $1.50
Stromboli: $7.50
Starter sampler: $10
Large, one-topping pizza: $13.50
Large specialty pizza: $13.50

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katharine.shilcutt@houstonpress.com

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16 comments
scndbox1
scndbox1

It is unbelievable this place gets a thumbs up for pizza.  I was hoping for some good pizza after they switched from Double Daves.  Unfortunately, it is another McDowells, Dairy King, Burger Queen.  Just another example of a place that does not want to pay the franchise fee but keeps all the same recipes.   Good for them on the beer, but the pizza is horrible. 

Mississippi Mike
Mississippi Mike

I respectfully disagree. I went there this past Sunday. No a/c, no pizza out on the buffet, salad bar wasn't kept clean, nowhere to sit due to tables not being bussed. Several of us customers were very disappointed and had to wait for the food to come out and then it was gone in a second.... I can understand any restaurant having a bad day however I visited this restaurant last year after seeing an advertisement and it was the same way. In other words nothing has changed. I respect Ms. Shilcutt and went back (Sunday) on her recommendation but on this one she got it wrong. I will not spend another penny in that place.

PixieWrangler
PixieWrangler

If only they would clean the place up. Kicky restaurant names and specialty pizzas are charming; skeezy bathrooms, greasy tabletops and sticky floors are not. Come on owners - make your decor and overall ambience worthy of your pizza!

Misty
Misty

I work in Garden Oaks and hit this place for lunch a few times a month, at least. Great pizza and service!

Thraeryn
Thraeryn

I'm a huge fan of the crust here. Golden, crispy bottom without being a thin cracker, as Katharine noted. I wish I knew the secret.

Willis
Willis

As a chef myself, I really can't think of any restaurant that cooks wear gloves. I love the place!!! You might wanna talk to your date, That Pizza Place has a closed kitchen! Don't be ASS and know what your talking about before you post a dumb comment.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I'm curious; since it's not an open kitchen, how did you see this? The place always seemed very sanitary the three times I went...

Hanabi-chan
Hanabi-chan

I went there when it was still Double Dave's. I was not too impressed by it then. Now, it sounds like someplace I want to check out. I work in the area but live on the other side of town. A pity that because I would like an alternative to CiCi's in the evening and weekends.

Robert
Robert

I still think the name I submitted was the best....... H'Ella Good Pizza Good pizza, good buffet, great beers!

Mamacita
Mamacita

I will definitely have to check it out again. The last time I was there, shortly after the break with the franchise, the pizza wasn't good and they were out of everything--salad dressing, straws, napkins, etc.

Randy
Randy

place is disgusting... used to live in Garden Oaks and nothing like watching people with bare hands make your pizza after touching their noses and hair etc.... Place is dead 6 out of 7 days too.. Not sure how they are surviving..

Tim McDaniels
Tim McDaniels

Sounds good, might just have to swing by there....

Corey
Corey

Naturlich, danke!

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

"Nosh" actually comes from the Yiddish nashn, which originally meant "to eat on the sly." (And which came, in term, from Middle High German naschen.) According to Webster's, "nosh" has been in use since the 1930s. Fun with etymology! :)

Renee Jonard
Renee Jonard

I have re-discovered my love for pizza there. Crazy good!

 
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