Located both physically and conceptually between its sister businesses Indianola and Miss Carousel, Vinny's Pizza is an inviting neighborhood pie joint that slings elevated pizza by the slice — and for a reasonable price.
While pie options in Houston abound, great pizza is rarely found by the slice. Instead, our best options involve $20-$30 whole pies at traditional sit down restaurants.
Not so at Vinny's. While the online menu would have you believe they only sell full pies, inside you're sold individual slices at considerably lower prices ($3 for a slice of thin NY-style cheese, $4 for a square Detroit-style pepperoni).
The pizza, while perhaps not exceptional, is well above average. The place is known for the Detroit-style square and New York-style triangular slices that grace its website and Instagram pages. In actuality, the biggest difference between the two is the shape.
While the Detroit slices are marginally thicker, they lack the true doughy depth that's characteristic of the style and tend to fold over when lifted. New York slices, however, are appropriately thin and floppy, requiring a classic New York fold to eat one-handed.
True to the Agricole Hospitality reputation, Pera and company source high quality ingredients, producing as sophisticated a product as they can afford to sell for $4 a slice. Beef is sourced from 44 Farms and the meaty, greasy, suction cup pepperonis that grace each delicious slice are made in house along with the crispy dough upon which they are so generously distributed.
In stark contrast to both the formal fine dining ambiance of Indianola and the trendy well-dressed cocktail bar aesthetic of Miss Carousel, Vinny's provides a respite; a supremely laid back breath of fresh air that effectively sets the tone for the whole block. At the same time, it offers a more palatable option for those seeking a cheap late night slice or post-bar binge eat than your standard downtown grease trap or delivery joint cardboard dinner.