"Simple and delicious." Straightforward words, sure, but they're also the most accurate description of Chelsea Pizza's no-frills menu, according to the owner. Using a family recipe, the cooks assemble veggie, meat-lovers, and margherita pies. They also fold their house-made crust around pepperoni calzones, or stuff their toppings into sub sandwiches. For dessert, zeppoles come topped with sugar and cinnamon released by a tiny crop duster that flies around the dining room.
Cuisine Type: pizzeria
Reservations: not necessary
Handicap Accessible: yes
Number of Tables: 5–10
Parking: parking lot
Most popular offering: pizza
Delivery / Take-out: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
At Papa Murphy’s Pizza, chefs decorate dough with ladles full of marinara sauce before casting across scoops of cheese, salami, veggies, and bacon. Customers bake the pies to perfection in their own ovens or by startling a welder. The pizza-making process takes place near the registers, which lets guests cheer on the chefs as they stuff Chicago-style pies with four types of meat. Once back at home, youngsters can create their own pizzas with a kit including enough red sauce, mozzarella cheese, and crust to serve one child or an entire town of imaginary friends.
The story of Mama's Pizza stretches through five decades, from its humble beginnings in 1968 as the brainchild of Connecticut native Ed Stebbins to its current status as a Fort Worth landmark that whisks painstakingly crafted East Coast–style pizzas to grateful taste buds. Dough made fresh each day surrenders itself to layers of 100%-real cheese and handpicked meats and veggies before basking in a brick oven's heat and brushing its browned crust with garlic butter. Pizzas bubble with breakfast bacon, grilled chicken, pineapple, mushrooms, and a spate of other lip-smacking ingredients. In addition to tasty pies, Mama's Pizza whips up fresh salads as well as sandwiches in the form of Mama's sub, a blend of ham, pepperoni, mozzarella, american cheese, veggies, and motherly advice.
The friendly folks at the helm of Garliq–Uniquely Italian whip 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 ($7.69), 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 ($9.89) and a homespun sauce recipe comes drizzled upon the delectable fettucine alfredo ($9.89). If your stomach space isn't overloaded with delicious discs, save a few giga-bites for the succulent and sweet homemade cannoli ($4.89).
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.