How can I have a website called Chili and Pizza, but I have yet to mention pizza?

My answer is simple.  No one can make chili as good as you can make at home, but you can’t make pizza at home as good as someone else can make in a pizza joint.

As much as Houston is known as an up-and-coming foodie city, you don’t really hear enough about the pizza offerings.  I’ve lived in some places that have some great food, and while Houston is definitely the reigning burger city, we have some great pizza, dammit!

For simplicity’s sake, I am going to share my 3 favorite pizza places in Houston, in no particular order.

Pizaro’s Pizza

PizarosWhen I first read about this place, I knew I had to go as soon as possible, and I wasn’t disappointed.  The ingredients are fresh, the San Marzano sauce is perfection, and the crust is the perfect combination of crunchy and chewy.

The pizzas are baked at 900 degrees for 90 seconds in a custom oven from Naples, Italy.  This method lets the cheese get to that perfect melted consistency where it’s at the peak of its flavor.

If I had one complaint, it would be that this place is too far away from my house, but that will all change next year when they open their second location inside the Loop.

Pink’s Pizza

PinksWith multiple locations throughout Houston, you know people have to love it.  Pink’s is exactly what you mean when you say you’re craving pizza.

Hand-tossed to perfection, this pizza is the perfect ratio of crust, sauce, cheese and toppings.  And speaking of toppings, the best part of Pink’s is the crispy edges on the pepperoni after it is baked.  Not a lot of pizza places get this part right.

If you just need a slice, don’t stop in thinking you’re getting a normal slice of pizza.  I made this mistake once, and was handed a monster slice of pizza big enough to feed a family of four.  OK, maybe not that big, but you definitely won’t go hungry from their “by the slice” option.

Star Pizza

StarI was introduced to Star Pizza on one of my first visits to Houston, and I haven’t stopped going since.

I don’t think I have ever had anything bad from here, but my favorite is definitely the deep dish pizza on whole wheat crust.  Topped with massive amounts of chunky tomato sauce, whole cloves of roasted garlic, crumbled sausage, pepperoni, peppers and melted cheese, my perfect pizza is always consistent and consistently delicious.

As someone who loves pizza, Star Pizza was built for me.  And just to prove they are not a one trick pony, try the Chelsea Salad while you’re there.

There are definitely more pizza options in Houston, and I’m sure I will include some later, but for the meantime, you have your assignment.