Best Pizza - 2012
Pizaro's Pizza Napoletana
Pizaro's became an instant classic almost the moment that Bill Hutchinson opened its doors in a Memorial-area strip mall, because there's nothing else like it in town. The Napoletana-style pizza cooks in 90 seconds in a wood-fired 900-degree oven that's the centerpiece of the small, bare-bones dining room. What emerges from the belly of the fiery beast is a pizza with perfectly pillowy crust and wonderfully scorched bottom, topped with fresh mozzarella made on-site daily and San Marzano tomatoes. Bring your own wine when you come and prepare to sit a spell — the rest of the city has discovered Pizaro's, too, but the wait is always worth it.
Very nice that several readers recognize the center of the pizza universe in Houston doesn't just exist in the Heights or inside Loop 610.
Still prefer Dolce Vita's pies and menu, but these guys are good when I'm rummaging around out West. I wish they would add a pie with anchovies.