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WinoGina Jun 3, 2009 11:28 AM

I will be visiting San Antonio next week with my family and we are interested in finding a great local pizza place. Local to San Antonio or Texas, at least something we can't find in the midwest. We prefer thin-crispy crust, but are willing to try any great local pies! :) We are staying west of downtown inside the 410 loop. Thanks!

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    radiowh0re RE: WinoGina Jun 3, 2009 11:55 AM

    Dough Pizzaria is on Blanco road, just inside loop 410. that fits your bill.

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      saeyedoc RE: radiowh0re Jun 4, 2009 07:15 AM

      Another good option now is Grimaldi's. Coal fired oven with fresh toppings. Almost as good as dough, easier to get into because it's larger. Not really local since it's a offshoot of the original in Brooklyn. It would be fun to eat there, walk around La Cantera (very upscale outdoor mall) and have dessert somewhere.

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        klicious RE: radiowh0re Jun 8, 2009 09:51 PM

        I second the Dough recommendation. Went there last week...fun atmosphere, tasty Neapolitan pizza.

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          SpursDynasty RE: klicious Jun 20, 2009 07:24 PM

          Went to Dough last night and absolutely hated it. Very limited menu and extraordinarily overpriced compared to other certified pizzaria's I've been to. The only highlights were the excellent service and the dessert -- a challah gelato panini with nutella.

      2. MPH RE: WinoGina Jun 23, 2009 04:01 PM

        I can offer another data point on Grimaldi’s at La Cantera. In my opinion, the best thing about the pizza was the fresh mozzarella, which tasted better than the type that is usually offered at local upscale-pizza shops. The worst thing was the crust. It was thin, dry, almost hard, and cracker-like. It was not airy (with virtually no air pockets or bubbles). It was not charred on the edges, though there were black charred spots on the bottom. The texture and blandness made it a chore to eat.

        The red sauce was far too sweet, though I’ve had sweeter (like at the now-defunct Saccone’s in Austin). In addition, the Italian sausage is nothing like the kind served at Grimaldi’s in NYC. It’s the somewhat greasy, ground-up variety like—but not as bad as—the kind you’d get at chain pizza joints. While the S.A. Grimaldi’s got right the ratio of sauce, cheese, and topping(s) to pizza dough, I’d have to say that their pizza reminded me more of other Texas versions of New-York-style pizza (like at Home Slice in Austin) or high-end cracker-thin-crust pizzas (like at Enoteca Vespaio in Austin) than it did the pizza at the original Grimaldi’s. I was really disappointed.

        That being said, the pizza available in San Antonio is pretty terrible, so I would certainly not turn down a free slice from Grimaldi’s in the future. However, I will not seek out their pizza again. For me, it was neither a missing link to, let alone a fulfillment of, the New York ideal that its brand and marketing promise.

        Overall, when I’m looking to fulfill a need for San Antonio pizza that evokes the amazing pizzas that I used to get in New York or Naples, I would choose Dough. Their pizza is not as good as I'd hoped it would be. In my opinion, though, they make a pretty good pie that can approach the delicious simplicity of a Neapolitan-style pizza. (Disclaimer: I’ve only eaten at Dough twice, and this was a couple of months ago. I need to go back now that I’ve just returned from Italy before I post a full chow report.)

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          saeyedoc RE: MPH Jul 10, 2009 11:42 AM

          After a few visits to Grimaldi's, I went back to Dough today. I agree, their crust is much better than Grimaldi's, much more flavor and texture.

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            bornie RE: saeyedoc Jul 12, 2009 01:40 PM

            its been a while since I've been in SA but wasnt their a small pizzeria on Broadway in the Alamo Heights area owned by a New Jersey family? Can't recall the name of the joint. I thought they served up some terrific NJ style pizza..

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              san antonio eater RE: bornie Jul 20, 2009 02:34 PM

              that would probably be Sorrentos. Excellent pizza.

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                saeyedoc RE: san antonio eater Jul 24, 2009 07:14 AM

                Do you know if Sorrentos serves slices at lunch?

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                  san antonio eater RE: saeyedoc Jul 27, 2009 11:49 AM

                  I don't think they serve pizza by the slice there at all. I am pretty sure you have to buy a whole pie.

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                  YGBSM RE: san antonio eater Jul 29, 2009 07:03 PM

                  clams casino pizza. say no more. best-american-pie - e-v-e-r.

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            jscarbor RE: WinoGina Jul 21, 2009 05:22 AM

            Dough was excellent the one time I went. Qualtiy ingredients. Doesn't hurt that they had burratta cheese on the menu when I went.

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              mac8111 RE: WinoGina Jul 28, 2009 03:30 PM

              I really liked Fraolo's out in Leon Springs. You can also BYOB!

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                frostmo RE: WinoGina May 7, 2011 08:19 AM

                Naple's Pizza on Huebner

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                  saeyedoc RE: frostmo May 9, 2011 07:38 AM

                  If they haven't already, Naples is moving to the Alon Center on Military.

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                  tlegray RE: WinoGina Jan 14, 2012 03:50 PM

                  I was in SA for the day yesterday and decided to try Dough. I had the prosciutto and arugula pizza. I thought it was wonderful. There was no sauce, fresh hand pulled mozzarella that they make there, prosciutto, and arugula. Ingredients were a very good quality. The dough was a bit chewy without being too much. If I lived in SA I would be a regular.

                  This is not a deep dish over ladened pizza. It's similar to pizza we've gotten in Italy. They do have a limited menu. Wine list is shorter but had a couple of our favorites. The nutella marshmallow dessert was a special and the one most in the restaurant were enjoying. We did not have dessert.

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