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The 15 Best Pizza Joints in Dallas

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Pizza at Partenope with mozzarella, pecorino, tomato sauce, soppressata, Jimmy's sausages, mushrooms and basil.
Pizza at Partenope with mozzarella, pecorino, tomato sauce, soppressata, Jimmy's sausages, mushrooms and basil. Alison McLean
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Dallas knows how to pizza, almost as well as it knows how to barbecue and margarita. Driven by a handful of Italian transplants and others who have studied the craft, Big D doesn't lack stellar options. Here are 15 of our favorites. 

400 Gradi
2000 Ross Ave.
At 400 Gradi, the pizza is crafted with the ideal balance of crispiness and chewiness. They use imported Italian ingredients, from San Marzano tomatoes to creamy mozzarella cheese that melts into golden perfection. Pizzas are cooked at a blistering, bubbling 400 degrees, just as tradition dictates. Whether you opt for the classic Margherita adorned with fresh basil leaves or venture into more adventurous territory with toppings like prosciutto and truffle oil, every bite captures the essence of Italy.

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Cane Rosso's Neapolitan-style pie.
Kathy Tran

Cane Rosso

Multiple Locations
Cane Rosso continues to master the alchemy of creating the perfect Neapolitan-style pie, and owner Jay Jerrier and his team have been delighting Dallasites since 2009. At all seven locations throughout North Texas, the pizzas adhere to the standards of the Verace Pizza Napoletana Association, which means they are cooked quickly at a high heat for about 90 seconds. The most popular pie is the Honey Bastard (housemade mozzarella, hot soppressata, bacon marmalade and habanero honey), but we also recommend checking out the pizza of the month for new off-the-menu creations.

DeLucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine

Multiple Locations
If you’re looking for a different kind of pizza concept, DeLucca Gaucho Pizza is a great option. Think Fogo de Chao, but for pizza, where you get a salad, lobster bisque, Kobe beef meatballs and endless amounts of both their savory and dessert pizzas for a set price of $24.95 per person. From your classic cupping pepperoni pizza to specialty options like Turkish lamb and garlic picanha pizza, there is something for everyone. If you’re not interested in gorging yourself, you can also order individual pizzas for $12 to $16. There's a great happy hour during the week from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with select appetizers and pizzas priced at $8–$9.

Drake’s Hollywood

5007 W. Lovers Lane
Drake’s Hollywood combines the flair of Tinseltown with the heart of Texas hospitality. The menu is varied, but the pizza should be on your list of options to try. Pies come with a thin, crispy crust as the foundation with a dazzling array of toppings. Try the classic pizza adorned with pepperoni, mozzarella and Parmesan, oregano and fresh basil, or a signature creation like the barbecue pizza with grilled chicken, bacon, corn, cilantro and hickory sauce. Get a martini to go along with your pie. You'll want to make reservations.

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Eno's is a longtime Bishop Arts favorite.
Courtesy of Eno's

Eno’s Pizza Tavern

Multiple Locations
Eno’s Pizza Tavern got its start in the Bishop Arts District in 2008, serving only craft beer — a bold move at the time — and helping usher in a new wave of pizza taverns. Now renowned for its handcrafted thin-crust pizzas that are charred in a wood-burning oven, Eno's prides itself on sourcing local ingredients, much like its beer. So, whether you opt for a classic Margherita or venture into specialty pies like the Smoky Fig, you’re in for a flavor-packed experience. Stop by for lunch and get a two-topping 8-inch pizza with a salad or soup for $14.95.

Greenville Avenue Pizza Company

Multiple Locations
A favorite in the Dallas area since 2007, GAPCo is known for its creative thin-crust New York-style pizza, which is a foldable slice with a slightly crispy crust. Get a whole pie or by the slice. If you like spicy, be sure to order your pizza topped with “fire” cheese. Our favorite, which we’d love to see added to the regular menu, is the Pretty Pickle pizza, a summer specialty loaded with dill pickles, creamy garlic sauce, bacon, mozzarella, red pepper and shaved Parmesan, all sprinkled with fresh dill.

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The star of the show at Mister O1 is the star-shaped pizza. Here's the Star Beckham, with ricotta, mozzarella, bacon, red onions and fresh tomatoes.
Lauren Drewes Daniels

Mister O1

Multiple Locations
Mister O1 is a Miami-based pizzeria that is quickly gaining popularity in the Dallas area. It's known for star-shaped pizzas where the rim of the crust is folded over pockets of ricotta cheese. The pizzas are all made with a naturally fermented dough that rests for 72 to 96 hours before being baked, which results in exceptional flavor. There are 25 different options available, but if you’re looking for something truly unique, try the Coffee Paolo pizza, served with Italian tomato sauce, mozzarella, gorgonzola blue cheese, natural honey, coffee and Calabrian spicy salami.

The Longacre from Motor City Pizza.
Loni Ealy

Motor City Pizza

1425 FM 407, Lewisville
Named best Detroit-style pizza in the Dallas Observer's best of 2023 issue, Motor City Pizza started as a pop-up. It opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant in 2021 and has been slinging some amazing deep-dish pies ever since. In addition to pizzas that pay homage to Detroit, Motor City offers plenty of local twists like the Texas Sweet Heat, made with the traditional Detroit-style dough and Wisconsin brick cheese and topped with pepperoni, candied jalapenos, pepperoncini, Mike’s Hot Honey and Boss Sauce.


Multiple Locations
Serving Neapolitan and Roman-style pizza, Olivella’s has gained local and national attention since opening in 2007, including Best Pizza in Texas by USA Today. Their 20 different options, served at three area locations, are sure to please any palate. Look for the great weekly BOGO special Monday through Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. and Friday from 3 to 4:30 p.m.


1903 Main St., Dallas, and 110 S. Greenville Ave., Richardson
Like many traditional Neapolitan pizzerias, Partenope focuses on simplicity and high-quality ingredients like San Marzano tomatoes, fior di latte for cheese and extraordinary extra-virgin olive oil. They offer 15 different kinds of pizza plus a pizza of the month. Partenope won a gold medal in the pizza Olympics for its Montanara pizza, which has a flash-fried then baked crust and is topped with mozzarella, parmesan, tomato sauce and basil.

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The grandma pie at Pizza Leila.
Kathy Tran

Pizza Leila

2111 Flora St.
Pizza Leila is a pandemic baby: The chef at the restaurant Sloane's Corner put idle kitchen space to work to deliver pizzas (and keep staff employed) when business in the sit-down restaurant came to a halt downtown. The pizza was so good that it got its own space in the Arts District this year. Here the Sicilian-style pizza is thick, much like focaccia bread and cut in squares. One slice is a meal, but if you have two, there's no judgment here. You can mix and match single slices but whatever you do, don't pass on the cacio e pepe arancini, little fried balls of Sicilian goodness.

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Cacio e pepe pizza at Pizzana.
Angie Quebedeaux


3219 Knox St.
Pizzana was ranked No. 9 on the 2022 list of the best pizzerias in the U.S. by 50 TopPizza, so it's clearly a must-visit. A collaboration originating in Los Angeles between Candace Nelson, former owner of Sprinkles Cupcakes, and master pizza chef Daniele Uditi, Pizzana serves what they call neo-Neapolitan pizza. The dough is fermented 48 hours, which gives it true Neapolitan pizza qualities, but with a firm, not floppy, base. One of their signature pizzas, the cacio e pepe, is a spectacular twist on the traditional pasta dish. One of the things we like most about Pizzana is their ability to offer a heat and slice option for to-go orders, where they prepare the pizza to the point where you can bring it home and throw it in the oven at a high temperature for about 5 minutes and enjoy it as if it were just pulled out of the restaurant’s pizza oven.

Poco Fiasco

2823 McKinnon St.
Poco Fiasco just wants to sip martinis and have a good time. Along with thin-crust pizza, of course. This Harwood District is near several sister concepts including Harwood Arms and Elephant East. Before games or concerts at the American Airlines Center, which is an easy walk, things can get crowded. But all the more fun. Sit in the cozy bar or the temp-controlled patio and have high-end pizzas like The Donkey, a spicy number topped with Diablo Sauce, pepperoni (the cup kind), spicy Italian sausage, thin slices of red onion and fennel pollen.

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The Luka Brasi at Thunderbird Pies.
Angie Quebedeaux

Thunderbird Pies

7328 Gaston Ave. (East Dallas)
During COVID, the culinary team behind Cane Rosso and Zoli’s had time to experiment with a style of pizza that was not well known to Dallasites at the time. Detroit-style pizza has since become popular in this area, and Thunderbird Pies is doing it best. Our favorite is a toss-up between the Thunder Mifflin (pepperoni cups, sausage, mushrooms and tomato sauce) and the Luka Brasi (meatballs, ricotta, toasted breadcrumbs and tomato sauce).

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Fat Staxx at Zoli's.
Angle Quebedeaux


14910 Midway Road, Addison
(Yes, this makes a trifecta for Jay Jerrier and his PILF empire. He's focused.) Named best pizza by the Observer in 2023, Zoli’s New York-style pizza can’t be beat. From our Best-of issue: "It captures the essence of traditional New York-style pizza, with a masterpiece crust that stays firm despite hefty toppings while the edges remain light and airy." Just like Cane Rosso, their most popular pie is the sweet-heat Honey Bastard, but we recommend checking out the pizza of the month for new off-the-menu creations.
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