February 1st, 2012
H-Town Showdown: Bombay vs. Pink’s vs. Dolce Vita vs. Star
We’re not exactly sure what kind of “town” Houston is when it comes to food. The great part about being here is that we don’t have to choose. Delicious fajitas one night. Fantastic burgers the next. Steak night can be every night. Houston has a variety of Pizza options. Each unique. Each incomparable with the other… Until now.
Today we force your hand. You must choose. What’s your favorite pizza?
Crust, tomato sauce, cheese, toppings… that’s the basic pizza gist. And why mess with a good thing? Unless maybe, just maybe, things are often made better with a little experimentation. Bombay Pizza Company has perfected the art of jacking around with what we’ve come to expect from a pizza. For example, the K. Renee: ultra thin crust, crab, shrimp, cilantro-mint chutney, goat cheese… that’s the far grander Bombay Pizza gist. Catering largely to the downtown lunchtime rush, Bombay offers daily slice specials at their location at Main and Walker, but still manages to stay open late (relatively speaking for a downtown eatery) for those looking to snag a Saag Paneer pie after happy hour. And good news for people who rarely find themselves in the heart of our metropolis – a Sugarland location is coming soon. With welcoming staff behind the counter and the flexibility to “spice up” your slice or cater to virtually any special order, Bombay never stops experimenting and the result is some of the most unique and surprising pizzas you’re likely to ever come across.
Unique combinations of traditional ingredients is what Pink’s Pizza is all about. They have the classics down, but they turn it up a notch for their specialty pizzas. One of my favorites is the Lazy Lasagna with Italian sausage and ricotta. The Santa Monica with gorgonzola, apple and prosciutto is always a good choice. They’re not an eat-in place, only sporting a couple tables in each location, but they have Houston divided up into delivery zones. If you fall into one of them, you’re in for a treat. If not, you’re going to have to pick-up a pie one of these nights.
If you had to pick a genre, Dolce Vita falls into that of an Italian eatery more so than a pizzeria. They have a valet instead of a delivery staff. You’re more apt to order a Peligrino than a Coke. And once you go, you’ll fall hard for the brick oven pizza. The thin crust bubbles perfectly giving you delicious charred bread. On top of that, your heart’s desire is their specialty. Pizza with perfectly marinated clams on the Vongole. The classic tiny Italian peperoni dot the Calabrese. Dolce Vita is an experience worth dining out. And besides the Italian chain Piola, it’s the closest thing you’re going to find to Neapolitan pizza in Houston.
Star Pizza is usually the first place you hear about once you move to Houston. Its fans are rabid. Its pizza is divine. Eating at the Hazard location is a rite of passage. I remember my first time. They have white and wheat crusts from which to choose from and you can get a tossed or pan pizza topped the way you like it. With the number of awards Star has hauled in, you know its detractors are few and those that do can consider their comments sacrilege. Judging by the Chicken Alfredo pizza I had the last time I stopped by, I can see where they’re coming from.
Can’t choose? Didn’t list your favorite? Berate us in the comments. Perhaps you’re a Romano’s Pizza fan. Trust me, you’re not alone. Maybe it’s Ponzo’s with their twice-baked Sicilian that tickles your fancy. Might be you think we’re dummies for missing Luigi’s Pizza. Whatever your case is, you can make it in the comments.
Just spare us the choices of Domino’s, Papa John’s or Pizza Hut. Their kind ain’t welcome here.