With today's side deal, $25 gets you a family-sized trunkload of smoky beef brisket, chicken, and pork from Pizzitola's, the Houston Press Best Barbecue Restaurant of 2007. This deal feeds 4–6 and is good for carry-out only. Pizzitola's home is off the Katy Freeway and open Monday–Saturday between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. (closed Sundays).
You can tell a good barbecue joint when one of its menu sections is titled simply "Meat." These meats slay the bland and defend the savory. Smoked for hours in a solid brick pit (originally built in 1934), Pizzitola's beef brisket melts into your plate, while the chicken turns buttery soft beneath skin cracked and crisped. The rough-textured sausage, made as it has been for years by two Czech brothers in Cistern, sidles up well against pinto beans and mustardy potato salad. The family-style meal includes a full pound of sliced (or chopped) beef brisket, half pound of sausage, half pound of sliced pork, half of a chicken, a side of barbecue sauce, and one pint each of pinto beans, potato salad, and coleslaw.
Pizzitola's has pinned diners to their chairs with the toothsome weight of its barbecue for more than 70 years. Measured in meat, that's more than 10,000,000 pound-years of service.
This side deal is valid for carry-out only.
- The sausage comes from a Czech sausage maker in the Hill Country; the barbecue sauce is thin and spicy; and the ribs and brisket are among the best in the city. – Houston Press
- From this venerable pit issues some of the finest barbecue in Houston. In fact, taken as a whole, with its delightful from-scratch sides and its consistently excellent meats — not to mention the insidious sauce — Pizzitola's may very well average out to be the best barbecue joint in town. – Alison Cook, Houston Chronicle
Zagat gives Pizzitola's an impressive 24 for food and 21 for service (very good to excellent). Seventy-six percent of Urbanspooners like it, Citysearchers give it 4.5 stars, and seven Yelpers give it 3.5 stars.
- The food’s the thing at this no-frills lower Heights bastion of BBQ where one of the oldest working pits around smokes what some call the best ’cue in town, including inexpensive old-style ribs cooked the way they should be… – Zagat
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