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Best Pizza in North Dallas?

Musko Feb 5, 2004 06:53 PM

Help me please! I'm a Chicago boy commuting to Dallas for business for the past few months. I'm struggling to find decent pizza (thin crust, rather than Chicago style). The closest to reasonable I've had is Campisi's, though I wasn't overwhelmed.

Any alternate suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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    jjerrier2450 Jun 17, 2010 06:01 PM

    Cane Rosso at Preston Forest is no longer open. Sorry everyone!

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      gelofool Apr 11, 2010 01:44 AM

      I definetly agree with Grimaldi's in the West Village but the new Pizza Lounge is EXCELLENT. It is right across from Fair Park by the Merridian Room. They have "foodie" toppings, overall its very well done and different.

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        intence Apr 9, 2010 08:22 AM

        Cavalli Pizza in Irving, near Beltline and 635. It's not "commerical" pizza, but rather authentic style pizza baked in a wood oven.

        Cavalli Pizza
        3601 Regent Blvd, Irving, TX 75063

        1. ShanghaiSam Apr 6, 2010 11:53 PM

          Second Olivella's..but wanted to add Grimaldi's to the list. It's located in West Village (Uptown area) and has great coal-oven fired pizza....it's the same restaurant as the one under the Brooklyn Bridge in NYC (though the pizza here is not nearly as good)...but it's pretty good pie.

          1. FoodChic Apr 5, 2010 04:57 PM

            Musko - I'm also from Chicago and good pizza can be found here. Don't ask people from Texas for pizza, as it's like asking Chicagoans for good BBQ...they just don't know "good."

            Anyhoo...Checkout Coal Vines in Dallas and Fireside Pies at 5717 Legacy Drive, Plano.
            Those two places produce some damn fine pies!

            Fireside Pies
            5717 Legacy Dr, Plano, TX 75024

            1. DallasDude Mar 25, 2010 12:56 PM

              For those not keeping track, Cane Rosso opens again tonight. Jay said something somewhere about a second location for the weekend (Zinsky's???) for a charity deal.

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                jjerrier2450 Mar 25, 2010 11:41 PM

                We did re-open tonight at Chocolate Angel...I received my repaired oven about 3 hours before service. Delivered through a snow storm with the door open - so it was NOT a good service night for us. The oven was running so hot in an attempt to dry it out that I singed what's remaining of my hairline.

                It was a Charity Night benefitting Dallas Furniture Bank at both Cane Rosso and Zinsky's tonight. Cane Rosso will be at Times Ten Cellars on Wed starting in April.

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                  OCNC Mar 30, 2010 05:01 PM

                  I can't wait to try your pizzas, I have heard so much good about them! We're still trying to find pizza here as good as we have had in Italy.

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                    pgwiz1 Apr 5, 2010 01:59 PM

                    Wow, this is so awesome! I LOVE Neapolitan style pizzas (one of my favorite pizza places in Washington DC is called Two Amys and they are DOC certified). Can't wait to try this soon! Really excited about the x10 cellars location.

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                      taldeac Apr 15, 2010 09:05 AM

                      Love Cane Rosso at Chocolate Angel. Very good pizza. Different to me than some of my other favorites but I love it. Thin crust but not too thin. And BYOB which is nice.

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                    jtmetcalfe Mar 13, 2010 10:14 AM

                    I think Cosmo's on Live Oak/Skillman has pretty awesome pizza. Large cheese for $12 was more than two people should have eaten. Great atmosphere.

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                      DarnellErwinFletcher Mar 18, 2010 12:52 PM

                      I've been in that kitchen and have seen the "crust"... think Boboli except Sysco's version.

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                        DallasDude Mar 18, 2010 01:10 PM

                        The Sysco version you would be referring to is called 'Arrezzio'.

                    2. Liveitloud Feb 28, 2010 06:23 AM

                      Last night ordered a delivery pizza from Joe's Pizza in Plano. Did not expect much from a delivery pizza. What I got was a pleasant surprise. This crust was very thin and crisp but not cracker. Good distribution of sauce to cheese. Lots of meat, onion and mushroom. Also order a pasta dish. It came with bread and salad. The pasta came so hot that it must have continued to cook in the container because it was a bit over cooked imo. Overall I was very happy with the quality of the pizza for anyone out there that might be interested.

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                        pgwiz1 Feb 15, 2010 02:18 PM

                        I have heard from a few people that Coal Vines in Uptown is really good. Still have to make it there to check it out, but depending on where your work location is, might be an easy one for you to check out....

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                          twinwillow Feb 15, 2010 03:38 PM

                          I'm not a fan of Coal Vines.

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                            DarnellErwinFletcher Feb 15, 2010 07:28 PM

                            I think Coal Vines is good, but you should just stick with the cheese pizza.... adding anything else sogs the crust.

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                              DallasDude Feb 16, 2010 10:18 AM

                              Have them bake the pie just a bit longer than normal, and stick to pizzas that are less sauced or ask for less sauce. It really is a good crust and pizza at Coal Vines.

                              I am not saying another word about Louie's until Jon joins me for a pizza there.

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                                DallasChowChick Feb 16, 2010 10:30 AM

                                Bad crust and horrible service....You're actually considering giving them another shot?

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                                mahalan Mar 18, 2010 09:59 AM

                                I've been to Coal Vines more than a dozen times in the past year. During that time, I've had a soggy crust once when I had a pizza with five or six toppings on it. I've never had that problem with their white pizza or with a pie that only had 3-4 toppings.

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                              Jayzee Feb 13, 2010 11:41 AM

                              Good luck, I have been trying since 1986 when I moved here. I second Louie's. There is a Rosatis - now called Chicago's Finest - it is in Plano.

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                                twinwillow Feb 13, 2010 11:57 AM

                                I also like Louie's pizza. Actually, I like everything at Louie's.

                              2. wanderingpilgrim Feb 13, 2010 11:06 AM

                                I'm not a real pizza connoisseur, but I really like the pizza at Angelo's Spaghetti and Pizza House in Irving (1330 W. Pioneer Dr). Their pasta doesn't have a great reputation, but the pizza is pretty darn awesome.

                                1. twinwillow Feb 13, 2010 10:46 AM

                                  Arguably, the best pizzas in Dallas:
                                  Il Cane Rosso. Thursday-Saturday only. Preston Forest. www.ilcanerosso.com
                                  Olivella's (possibly, the very best) on McFarlin off Hillcrest close to SMU.
                                  Campania. West Village.
                                  Nonna. Lomo Alto in Highland Park. The only white sauce clam pizza in Dallas. Addictive!
                                  Lover's Pizza & Pasta. Lovers Lane. Really good NYC style pizza.
                                  Stay away from Campisi's.

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                                    twinwillow Feb 13, 2010 10:50 AM

                                    I'd like to add, Farnatchi. Adjacent to Knox Avenue. Not quite as good as those I listed above but still, very good. Dough is made on site.

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                                      air Feb 14, 2010 09:08 AM

                                      Good call on Il Cane Rosso for neapolitan, I'm starting to think they are my favorite pizza in Dallas. Outstanding well-formed pizza with perfect crust and quality ingredients.

                                      For NYC style pizza by the slice I also like:
                                      Carmine's in Richardson
                                      Maestro's in Addison

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                                        air Feb 14, 2010 11:27 AM

                                        More on Il Cane Rosso:

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                                          twinwillow Feb 14, 2010 09:32 PM

                                          air: Your photo report is terrific. Thanks!

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                                            DallasDude Feb 15, 2010 10:53 AM

                                            Agreed, thanks air for the blog and pics on this sweet new venture.

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                                              air Feb 15, 2010 11:24 AM

                                              Thanks for the feedback.

                                              I want to share more insight on pairing beer with pizza since the BYOB allows for many different combinations for contrasting or enhancing flavors. I'm sure someone could provide some good input for wine too.
                                              While I prefer Belgian ales, lighter pilsners/lagers are commonly used too. Think Stella Artois, Victory Prima Pils, Brooklyn Lager, Shiner Bock. I also had Rogue Chocolate Stout pictured, and it was an outstanding match with the zeppoli dessert.

                                              Another useful link:

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                                                amokscience Feb 15, 2010 01:02 PM

                                                Maestro's seems closed (their website says they'll re-open somewhere else).

                                                Time to visit the Galleria/Addison corridor for some pizza sampling

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                                                  air Mar 18, 2010 08:53 AM

                                                  I was driving down Belt Line last night and saw that Bacci's Pizza had a "Grand Opening" sign yesterday in the space formerly occupied by Maestro's. Hope this new place makes it. The pizza tasted similar to Luigi's over by Love Field (crispy crust, smooth cheese, sauce not too sweet). Wasn't bad, I'd come back again and I'm glad they're in the area.

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                                                  twinwillow Feb 15, 2010 01:52 PM

                                                  I like "Fireman 4" and anything by "Dogfish Head".

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                                                  LewisvilleHounder Mar 8, 2010 07:02 AM

                                                  Il Cane Rosso is the best pizza I have had since I came back from my honeymoon in 2008 in Rome. The sauce was not bitter and not sweet but let the tomatoes do their work (San Marzanos). The cheese was light and did not overwhelm nor did it compete with the crust. The crust was high quality flour and salt. It was light, airy, and crisp from the wood fired oven. The toppings were high quality (no processed pepperoni here, only sopressata picante).

                                                  High qulaity ingredients do make a difference as does a trained pizzaiolo. This is by far the best pizza in North Dallas.

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                                                  scjohann Mar 7, 2010 05:09 PM

                                                  I used to love Carmines pizza but seems like the quality has gone down quite a bit in the last 3-4 years.

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                                                    Scagnetti Mar 8, 2010 07:00 AM

                                                    I agree, Carmine's has taken a nosedive. I think the original owners sold out and it's not been the same since.

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                                                jamma422 Feb 12, 2010 01:44 PM

                                                There are 2 places that are miles past the rest, the first is Olivella's it is a hole in the wall with maybe 15 tables, but they do a pretty traditional Neopolitan pizza that is pretty outstanding. The other is Eno's which is located in the Bishop Arts District in South Dallas, they have more of a gastro pub feel with an extensive beer menu and a bunch of good thin crust pizza. But those 2 are miles past the rest, but they do a really thin crust pizza which is crispy on the bottom. If you want a decent New York style pizza Stomboli's on Mockingbird isn't bad but I have yet to find really good Chicago or New York style pizza in Dallas.

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                                                  Chuck Maurer Feb 25, 2004 08:29 PM

                                                  I like the thin crust at Chicago's Finest Pizza in Plano on Independence and Spring Creek. They also have Italian Beef. It is carry out/delivery only.

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                                                    wilbur Feb 22, 2004 11:40 AM

                                                    Try Louie's on Henderson. They just got voted best pizza in Dallas by D magazine. I hear all their food is great. I know they make their own sausage.

                                                    1839 N. Henderson
                                                    Dallas, TX 75206

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                                                      pgwiz1 Feb 15, 2010 02:16 PM

                                                      I thought they got their sausage from Jimmy's???

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                                                        DallasDude Feb 15, 2010 03:10 PM

                                                        They do

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                                                      Hill Feb 15, 2004 03:11 AM

                                                      Pizza and Texas are a contradiction in terms.
                                                      Being from Chicago with transplanted kids in Dallas who always want us to bring Giordannos pizza with us when we visit, I would suggest you either bring your own or give up.
                                                      After all, Texas has many glorious foods to enjoy. Be adventurous and find the best foods of the region. Then, perhaps, when you're back in Chicago you can tell your friends about the great stuff you've found in Texas but can't find here!

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                                                        Scagnetti Feb 9, 2004 03:27 PM

                                                        You will not find any exceptional pizza in Dallas but you might give these places a try:

                                                        Sal's Pizza
                                                        2525 Wycliff Ave
                                                        Dallas, TX 75219-2592
                                                        Phone: 214-522-1828

                                                        Lovers Pizza Pasta
                                                        5605 W Lovers Ln
                                                        Dallas, TX 75209-4309
                                                        Phone: 214-353-0509

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                                                          Aaron D Feb 6, 2004 11:56 AM

                                                          When I lived in Irving a few years, I Fratelli made a really great pizza. Don't know how accessible that is to you...I believe they now have a few delivery outposts in addition to the main restaurant. Great stuff, and better than anything I've had since moving to Chicago, actually. The pizza's (though not the restaurant) along the same lines as Vito & Nick's, a Chicago joint at like 85th and Pulaski. Nice thin, crisp crust, good tang to the sauce, fresh ingredients. Good luck,


                                                          I Fratelli
                                                          7750 N Macarthur Blvd
                                                          Irving, TX 75063-7514

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                                                            john clark Feb 6, 2004 07:34 AM

                                                            You won't be overwhelmed by any pizza in Dallas. Marco's is good (carryout only), and different from Campisi's, but the pizza situation in Dallas is just not so great. The original Campisi's on Mockinbird Lane is supposed to be better than the branch locations. Scallini's in Lakewood is similiar to Campisi's and pretty good.

                                                            We do have some overwhelmingly good chow here -- see below -- just not pizza.

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                                                              Chimayo Joe Feb 5, 2004 10:50 PM

                                                              Dallas pizza possibilities: Cafe Roma(151 W. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano), Dino's Italian Restaurant(3022 Motley Drive, Mesquite), and Pastazio's(5026 Addison Circle, Addison).

                                                              Haven't actually been to any of those, but they're on my list of places to try if I'm ever in Dallas and hankering for pizza.

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                                                                Mister F. Feb 5, 2004 08:18 PM

                                                                Try Marco's at Preston and Royal.

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