For our end of year pizza binge we wanted to try out some of the better pizza in town, but with one hitch– no Neapolitan style. In 2010 we saw an onslaught of pizza being brought to the forefront and most of the new spots in Dallas were of the Neapolitan variety. There will be even more of this style of pizza coming, and that is fantastic. We love this, but what are some of the best non-Neapolitan pizzas in the Dallas area? Glad you asked.
Here is a list of a few of our favorites in no particular order. Peruse our list and offer your favorite seven.
Coal Vines: The restaurant started up in 2006 by the owners of Nick & Sam’s, Joseph Palladino and Phil Romano. Coal Vines serves up a happy pie with plenty of fresh chef-driven toppings baked in a coal oven. The taste is reminiscent of pizza you might find in Brooklyn with a crisp thin crust and a flavorful sauce. There is a nice selection of pizzas on the menu, but we always seem to run to the off-menu house-made meatball.
Nonna: Also opening in 2006, this Julian Barsotti restaurant is a fine example of a rustic Italian restaurant that also happens to serve a few pizzas. Although Barsotti studied authentic Neapolitan, this pie hardly qualifies under VSN standards. The full-flavored rich and creamy white clam pizza is undoubtedly one of the best finds in Dallas.
Louie’s: Long time Henderson dive that was featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives with the spastic Guy Fieri, the restaurant has fallen in and out and back in favor with us. We appreciate the no nonsense attitude of the staff, which often times can waver into the down right evil and ornery zone, but perhaps this is the charm we should enjoy. The pizza is a straight forward extra crisp and very thin crust style with a spicy sauce and heaps of toppings including sausage made at Jimmy’s Food Store just a few blocks south across Ross.
Serious Pizza: A throw-back to a New York neighborhood pizzeria, this very thin and very large pizza is smattered with good ingredients and a hefty amount of sauce. Serious wins a prize in a few pizza categories including best last night pizza, and the largest. You may buy a single slice for about three bucks at 3am at this fairly new Deep Ellum dive.
Campisi: This is where we will lose a few of you. In the Dallas foodie world there are two factions, those that love Campisi and those that hate. We are of the former alliance. The rectangle pie has heaps of whatever ingredient you may choose and is very thin. The sauce is borderline sweet. This pie might possibly satisfy our need for nostalgia. The fourth generation pizza you taste today is the same that Jack Ruby enjoyed on the eve of the Kennedy assasination.
Elbow Room: One of the finer Dallas bar pizzas around. If you live in the downtown or Deep Ellum area you may have this pizza delivered as late as 2am. That is if they aren’t too slammed and have enough staff. This pizza is thin and smoky with plenty of spiciness.
Bryan Street Tavern: Another great Dallas bar pizza. The pies here are large, cheap and hit the spot late night while out on a drinking tear. This doesn’t take away from the fact that the pizza is really, really good. The sauce is thick with a good amount of kick, and there is no holding back on the amount of toppings they scatter across the thin dough.