In polling you, dear readers, about your favorite underrated pizzas in town, we received a number of comments that made us say "AMEN," but none quite so much as one from reader PizzaEater:
"Pizza is a lot like sex," he/she wrote. "When it's good, it's amazing. When it's bad, well...it's still pretty good."
The following pizza places may not be as well known as some of the more popular spots in Houston, but they're always far more than pretty good. Did your favorite pizza haven make the list?
5. Irish Pub Kenneally's The words "Irish Pub" and "pizza" don't usually appear in the same sentence, but Irish Pub Kenneally's is the exception. People rave about Kenneally's "Shamrock Special," which features a zesty red sauce topped with cheese, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers and the pièce de résistance, corned beef. Yes, this might be one of the only places in the world where you can get traditional Irish corned beef on a traditional Italian pizza. Kenneally's describes the crust as thin, Chicago-style, meaning it's crispy on the bottom but piled high with toppings.
4. Bombay Pizza Company Commenter cukatero pretty much wrote an ode to Bombay Pizza Company when we first asked for feedback: "Sparing no doubt, Bombay Pizza downtown is the absolute best and most under-rated pizza in town. A perpetual outsider, The Bombay P is a fringe artist battling the marketing antics and over-wrought branding of lowlier-than-thou joints like Star and Pink's. You can eat a whole pizza without gut guilt, and never get bored of the complex and layered flavors halfway through the meal. Bombay, you get my vote." The fusion menu is indeed one of the most unique in town, with combinations like saag, collard greens and paneer topped with mozzarella, fontina and goat cheese or fresh strawberries cooked with onions, tomatoes, pine nuts and paprika topped with smoked gouda and basil. There are also meat-lovers options with tandoori chicken or New York strip steak.
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3. Romano's Pizza For a classic New York slice, look no further than Romano's Pizza. Commenter johnnybench writes, "Romano's has far and away the best New York style thin crust pizza. Excellent crust, excellent sauce and very serious Noo Yahk service. I just get a plain 'slice' there." The owners are cousins Frank and Vinny, who were born in Italy and moved to New York in the 1970s, where they honed their pizza-making skills at neighborhood pizzerias. The cousins promise "the best pizza in Houston," and even offer to serve it with a little attitude, which, they say, is "free of charge."
2. Brother's Pizzeria The motto of Brother's Pizzeria is "We treat you like family," and it must be true, because Houston loves the place. The first outpost opened in 1980, and there are now three Brother's Pizzerias in Houston, the newest of which opened recently in Garden Oaks. A commenter who claims to be an expert (OakForestpizzapro), wrote about the local chain, "The most underrated Pizza in Houston is Brother's Pizza on N. Shepherd in Garden Oaks. The staff is exceptionally friendly and the pizza is always fresh and fast!" The New York-style pizza can be ordered by the slice as well as by the whole pie, and the toppings, while classic, are high quality.
1. Luigi's Pizzeria Luigi's Pizzeria won your vote for the most underrated pizza by a great margin, but no one expressed in the comments why you love it so much. Reader OrangeThunder summed it up, writing, "Luigi's...needs no explication for its superiority." The pizza is a combination of chewy New York style crust fired in a scalding Neapolitan-style oven, but it's a step above the street food pizza of the Big Apple. With more than 20 toppings to choose from, imported gelato for dessert and a gorgeous bocce ball court that also welcomes dogs, Luigi's has something for everyone. Oh, and did I mention it's BYOB? But that's all beside the point, as the real star here is the pizza, also available by the slice, which I recommend because let's be honest, you're going to want to try them all.