Ordinary pizza, like a long-running sitcom, can feel uninspired due to its cheesiness and inability to produce huge explosions. Rid your mouth of dough-and-sauce reruns with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of Indian-inspired pizza and more at Bombay Pizza Co..
Named Best Pizzeria in 2010 by the Houston Press, Bombay Pizza Co. spices up traditional thin-crust pizza and a variety of other menu items with a Bollywood cast of Indian ingredients. Toppings such as tandoori chicken, cilantro-mint chutney, paneer, and real crab meat lounge on sesame-dusted crusts bathed in Indian-spiced sauce. A 12-inch gateway of India pizza sails right into hunger harbors, bringing with it a flavor trove of tandoori chicken, crab, artichoke hearts, mozzarella, and provolone ($15). Nosh on pasta and sandwiches while making meowing noises every time a date opens his or her mouth to take a big bite or propose marriage.
The Houston Press named Bombay Pizza Co. Best Pizza and Best Pizzeria in 2010, and more than 120 Yelpers give it a 4.5-star average. Four Citysearchers give Bombay Pizza Co. an average of 4.5 stars, and 90% of Urbanspooners recommend it.
Bombay Pizza Company
Sitting inside Bombay Pizza Company, owner Viral Patel watched the Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate, waiting alongside family and friends for a mention of his Slumdog pizza, a fusion of Indian and Italian flavors. After the 30-second spot, the restaurant erupted into a standing ovation.
Patel's journey to that moment first began when he quit his job in restaurant management to travel around India learning how to cook. Hoping to one day open a restaurant of his own, Patel returned to the United States and became interested in pizza, buying his own pizza stone and experimenting with new recipes, which fused Indian flavors with the traditionally Italian pies. He opened Bombay Pizza Company with the help of his mother, Sonali, who also inspired the Sonu's Rita pizza, which combines house-made cilantro-mint chutney with a margarita pizza. Soon after the restaurant opened, it was awarded Houston Press's Best Pizza in 2010. In addition to pizza, the menu features Indian street fare such as the kati roll with tandoori chicken and paneer and traditional Italian dishes such as lasagna and chicken parmagiana.
Today, Bombay Pizza Company has two locations, the original in Houston and a second, larger location in Sugar Land. Both eateries feature saffron-hued walls, the soft glow of Thomas Edison–style filament light bulbs, and photos of Bombay residents performing daily activities including washing clothes, fishing, and playing chess. The Sugar Land location also features an outdoor patio, microbrews on tap, and a private dining area.