As I sit at my desk a sudden craving for pizza has overcome me. This instantly reminded me that it's been sometime since we've updated our list for Best Pizza in Dallas, here on City of Ate. Things have changed a touch since we last updated that list. Even though it's still a little short, there's a newcomer or two, and there's plenty of great pie to be found. Starting with the undisputed King of Neapolitan.
Cane Rosso (pictured above) Cane Rosso is still on our list of course. We named them the city's Best Pizza in our last Best of Dallas issue for the second year in a row. I'm starting to wonder how long it will be before a young entrepreneurial pizzaiolo dethrones the great Jay Jerrier. For now, he's quite safe. But there are a number of other pizzerias that deserve some attention too ...
Eno's Like Enos. Every time I'm in the Bishop Arts District and I'm craving 'za, I head to Eno's to indulge that crisp cracker crust with a great selection of local beers. I love the open, upstairs bar, and the staff has always been great about helping me pick out a beer.
Olivella's Olivella's makes a great pizzas across multiple locations in the Dallas area. USA Today named the pizza one of the nation's greatest and I'm not one to disagree. It's not Neapolitan and they clearly say so -- but the soft and blistered crust makes for a damn fine pie.
Fireside Pies Even without one of Dallas' coziest patios, the original outpost of this chain would be the go-to pizzeria for folks who live within craving distance of Knox-Henderson. The wood-fired pizzas have a crust almost soft enough for Naples and a crispy, blistered cornicione (the edge crust). Grab one with Jimmy's sausage for a pizza with some local flair, and be sure to wash it down with a craft beer from the bar.
Grimaldi's So maybe the Grimaldi's in Uptown's West Village has a fraction of the charm of the Brooklyn location. The original has so much personality a fraction is more than enough. Grab a seat at one of the red-checked tables and order a carafe of house red and make a night out of it with a massive New York-style pizza. The crust is thin, perfect for that tell-tale half fold, and as crisp as a potato chip.
Nova Dallas is a city that's a challenge for night owls with an empty stomach. But there are a few places that serve great food late into the night. Nova's pizzas get the job done when most of the other bars in Dallas are mopping the kitchen floors. And the neighborhood locals who congregate at the bar make this one of Dallas' best places to spend late night.
Coal Vines Think of Coal Vines like a Dallas-based Grimaldi's with even more kitsch. They've even got a portrait of old Blue Eyes up on the wall, as Italian cliché pours from the speakers. The dining room is dimly lit with dark fixtures. And in a way it all seems to come together. You'd be lucky to have a pizzeria like this on your block.
Dough Pizzeria Napoletana Look at how serious this guy is, as he's making your pizza. Do you see how serious he is? If you live in Preston-anything, this is where you should get your pie. It's good.