The friendly family at the helm of Garliq–Uniquely Italian whips up a wide array of savory Italian dishes from scratch in a laid-back, welcoming neighborhood environment. Garlic-infused crust and fresh ingredients populate the pizzas on their menu, with gluten-free options available. Polyamorous cheeseheads will cherish their affair with Del Formaggio ($14.99 medium, $16.99 large), its Buffalo mozzarella flanked by a galloping herd of provolone, ricotta, romano, roasted garlic, and sautéed spinach. Red pizzas like the Garliq ($13.75 medium, $16.75 large) mix in herb roma tomatoes, sautéed basil, tomato sauce, mozzarella, and provolone. Diners fed up with pizza's open-faced showiness should try the southwest chicken calzone ($6.99), a giant folded pizza stuffed with red onions, mushrooms, cheeses, and a dose of humility. Breaded fillets and marinara abound in the chicken parmesan pasta ($9.49) and a homespun sauce recipe comes drizzled upon the delectable fettucine alfredo ($9.49).
Named Independent Pizzeria of the Year in 2008 by Pizza Today magazine, Campania holds its thin-crusted pies to soaring standards, importing wood-burning ovens and many of the menu's fresh ingredients from Italy. Prepare palates with an order of garlicky parmesan-sprinkled focaccia ($10 for a medium) or a basica salad (romaine topped with sliced grape tomatoes, a duo of cheeses, and house dressing, $5 for a small). Graze larger food pastures with the quattro stagioni, a pizza that wears a coat of artichoke hearts, Genoa salami, ham, mushrooms, basil, and olive oil ($10–$20), or a primavera pizza bianca, topped with bufala, grape tomatoes, arugula, roasted green and red peppers, mushrooms, and olive oil ($9–$18). For the noodle-inclined, the Southlake location lets diners choose from four kinds of fresh, house-made pastas and select a flavor-laden sauce such as the florentine, with baked ham, sautéed spinach, mushrooms, and artichoke hearts ($11, add chicken or shrimp for $3 extra).
In 2004, Aleda and Steve Barry closed their famed Pizza Pub in favor of a fresh start in Southlake, Texas––but their reputation preceded them. Walking the neighborhood, people would recognize the duo and ask them when they planned to bring back their tasty menu. In 2010 it finally happened. The newly christened Aleda's Pizza is BYOB and resurrects the family's more than 20 specialty pizzas––such favorites as the spinach alfredo with locally grown veggies and the popular loaded baked potato with bacon and creamy ranch. These decadent pies snagged Aleda's Pizza the title of Best Pizza in the Southlake Times Reader's Choice Awards for 2011 and 2012. Amply stuffed sandwiches and calzones are also available, as well as healthy pizza alternatives such as whole-wheat crust and low-fat turkey pepperoni.
What started as a clandestine social club in the 1960s for prominent local Italians has since evolved into ZuRoma Restaurant, a family of eateries where chefs cook meals using 40-year-old recipes. These recipes rely upon many homemade ingredients, so each day ZuRoma's kitchens bustle with staffers building meatballs and sausages from scratch and crafting menu items such as specialty pizzas and subs with red sauce and provolone spooned from a cauldron of melted moon rocks. Customers can choose to dine in the North Richland Hills location, order carry out from either location, or call ZuRoma's faithful delivery drivers to ferry Italian eats directly to their door.
Cooks at Xena Pizza top housemade dough with fresh ingredients such as bacon, red peppers, and mushrooms to craft their Seattle–style pies. Customers may build their own pizzas, choosing from 16 different toppings, or opt for a signature pie such as the bacon-cheeseburger deluxe with hamburger and cheddar cheese.
At Lizzano's Pizza, the servers prefer that you bring your own drinks. They view their BYOB policy as a boon, not a financial burden, opining that diners who supply the wine tend to immerse themselves more fully in the eating experience. They've even compiled a list of libation recommendations based on popular choices at other restaurants, and they provide glasses and wine openers for patrons while eschewing any corkage fees.
This emphasis on neighborly behavior tints the restaurant's entire atmosphere, as well as its menu, which prioritizes southern Italian staples. Owner Tony Rika—who perfected his pizza-making techniques in both Rome and New York City—takes a hands-on approach to his cuisine, handmaking the marinara sauce, hand tossing the pizza dough, and high-fiving each of his fellow cooks while the disk is in the air. The staff delivers entrees such as chicken parmigiana and beef lasagna beneath the nigh-silent rotations of the dining room's gyrofan—an eye-catching ceiling piece that mimics models found on early trains and ocean liners. Around the tables, pictures of Italian landscapes complement the authentic flavors of housemade marsala and piccata sauces and seasonal specials that could include everything from mussels linguine to rich chocolate bread pudding.