The Pies of Texas Are Upon You — 4 Places for Perfect Pizza

by Emily Bond, Marika Flatt and Gracie Watt on January 28, 2022 in Food+Drink, Living Texas, Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston,

Looking for your perfect pizza pie? We’ve rounded up some old favorites and some recently opened pizzerias, all with their different flair and flavor. From Austin to Houston and even Cedar Park– here’s four must-try spots.

Grimaldi’s, Austin (North)

Why coal-fired brick ovens? The tantalizing aroma of pizza and calzones baked to perfection in Grimaldi’s signature coal-burning oven offers a unique flavor and a crisp crust that is simply not possible from gas, convection, or wood-burning ovens. Courtesy photo

New and improved to Austin, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria opened their first full-service pizza restaurant in Austin and 18th location in Texas at the Domain NORTHSIDE last fall. Now satisfying the craving of a Brooklyn-style brick oven slice or calzone will be a breeze without booking a hasty trip to the Big Apple. After all, the coal firing in brick ovens is what gives pizza and pastas that crispy crust and delicious basil, tomato aroma. In addition to the traditional coal-fired cheesy pizzas, Mediterranean salads, Oreo cheesecake desserts, local premium beers, and handcrafted cocktails are available to complement the full dining experience at Grimaldi’s. Gluten-free and cauliflower options for the keto lovers are also available. 

Here’s a glimpse of some of the hottest on the menu: Prosciutto Arugula Pizza – Grimaldi’s classic white pizza topped with thinly sliced prosciutto, shaved cheese blend and fresh arugula. Combined with Grimaldi’s own exclusive bottlings of Mille Gradi Rosso Toscano Sangiovese and Pinot Grigio, and for dessert Grimaldi’s Famous Cannoli – fried pastry dough filled with sweet ricotta and chocolate chips. ~ MF

Show Me Pizza, Austin (South)

The Grazing Goat pie from Austin’s Show Me Pizza is a veggie-full selection with fresh mozzarella, goat cheese, pickled cherry & banana peppers, arugula, pecorino, gaeta olives, sea salt and basil. Courtesy photo

This backyard hangout turned pizza parlor could easily be a new Austin favorite, as the laid back attitude and quirky decor fits in perfectly with the vow to “Keep Austin Weird.” Not only are the vibes of this place great, the pizza is a hit too. If you want a cool place to hangout, whether indoor or outdoor, and enjoy a nice slice, Show Me Pizza is the spot for you. 

What makes this place even more unique is that guests can have an immersive experience of watching their pizza cook in real time via Twitch TV at From the prep start of the dough to the bubbling in the oven, customers can order a pie and watch it brown and bake before their eyes.

Always a safe go-to, the Margherita pizza is an excellent choice, and they even have a vegan option as well. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, go for their “50 First Dates” pie, a tasty and unique choice with onion bechamel, mozzarella, smoked pork, roasted pineapple, thyme and chili oil. No matter what kind of pizza you’re into, Show Me Pizza, located right on South 1st, will likely become your fast favorite. The classic Neapolitan dough and the perfectly melty cheese are sure to please. ~ GW

Curry Pizza House, Cedar Park

The founders of Curry Pizza House started adding some of their mom’s curry and spices over the pizza to change up the flavor. What started as a kitchen experiment fueled something new, something different. Courtesy photo

If you want pizza that goes beyond your run-of-the-mill options, the newly opened Curry Pizza House has some Indian-style inspired options that will amp up your pizza dining experience. 

Curry Pizza House has turned up the heat in Cedar Park, and if you like spice they have some exciting options such as the Curry Veggie Delight pizza, the Tandoori Chicken pizza and many more spicy options! However, if you want to keep it classic they have great selections of cheese, pepperoni and more. They also have a variety of wings to choose from. 

“Our mission at Curry Pizza House is really simple– we’ve taken pizza back to our roots,” says co-founder Romy Gill. “By making fresh pizza dough daily and employing a variety of authentic Indian flavors, we’re giving guests a way to enjoy a unique take on pizza.” ~ GW

Gypsy Poet,  Houston (Midtown)

An artisan pizza if you ever saw one, Gypsy Poet’s Fancy Backpacker is a Margherita — the queen of pizzas — with prosciutto, arugula and truffle oil. Photo Eugene Drake

It’s always a bold thing to make definitive statements, but for this Houstonian the best artisanal pizza in town comes via the Venezuelan-born pastry chef and co-owner of the Gypsy Poet, Vanessa Fernandez

Located in a hip, yet somewhat sparse, space Gypsy Poet’s vibe is casual, but the pies are not –  expect a masterpiece on a 48-72 hour fermented divine sourdough crust blistered to perfection inside their beautiful wood burning pizza oven. Fernandez keeps things on the thin side, similar to the simplicity of the Neapolitan pizza, but with the toppings leaning towards grandeur. Take the Cinque Formaggi, a personal favorite, made with their house San Marzano tomato sauce and then topped with a generous assortment of fior di latte, mozzarella, gorgonzola, goat cheese and parmesan with the option to “crank it up,” with prosciutto. Feeling like getting out of town? Or at least fantasizing about being half as world-traveled as the couple who own the Gypsy Poet? Then order the Fancy Backpacker with the house sauce, Prosciutto di Parma, mozzarella, truffle oil and arugula. It’ll transport you right into the EmiliaRomagna region of Italy. There’s often live music too – be sure to check out their Instagram @thegypsypoetstudio for events and hot pizza traps. ~ EB

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Cover photo courtesy Grimaldi’s

Marika Flatt, Outstanding Austin Communicator 2021, is the Travel Editor of Texas Lifestyle Magazine. She can be seen on TV shows across Texas, offering travel tips, in addition to her long-running “Weekend Trip Tip” on NPR’s Texas Standard.

Gracie Watt is an Editorial Assistant and contributing writer at Texas Lifestyle Magazine and a senior at St. Edward’s University in Austin, studying Journalism. When she’s not writing, Watt enjoys singing, playing the guitar and doing volunteer work. @graciethatgirl 

Emily Bond is a writer, editor and literary publicist based in Houston, TX. You can find her battling her own grammatical errors on Twitter @EmilyBondHTX