The pizza makers at Palio's Pizza Cafe crown regular, whole-wheat, and gluten-free crusts with fresh vegetables, preservative-free sauce, and roasted chicken. Chefs take the burden of putting together the best toppings with 17 specialty pizzas that pair gourmet ingredients such as artichoke hearts, roasted chicken, and fresh basil pesto. Ovens create bubbling pies, stuffed calzones, baked ziti, and italian sub sandwiches that servers carry through both chic, cozy locations. Leather-lined booths and flat-screen televisions keep diners comfortable and entertained while they enjoy Palio's BYOB policy and sip wine or Capri Sun pouches brought from home.
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).
After years devising his ideal pizzeria, David Davydd Miller dispensed his first slices in 1984 to patrons in College Station, Texas. Back then Dave recruited the help of a flourmill and cannery to generate customized blends of his crust and sauce formulas. These days, within DoubleDave's Pizzaworks restaurants' 30 Texas and Oklahoma locations, chefs concoct Dave's signature honey whole-wheat crust daily from hand-tossed dough along with batches of sauce made from scratch with Escalon tomatoes. Those ingredients join hand-cut veggies and meats from Tyson and Burke to collectively form a delectable disk that proves once and for all that pie can be divided evenly. Along with half a dozen specialty pizzas, DoubleDave's Pizzaworks appeases palates with signature pepperoni rolls, sandwiches, and Dave's favorite dish, the philly-cheesesteak stromboli.
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.
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.