After much Googling and eating, we’ve sliced Dallas-Fort Worth’s pizza joints into three bites: great pizzas, free pizzas and weird pizzas.
Cadillac Pizza Pub: More than a pizza joint, Cadillac Pizza Pub is a fun hang. It’s welcoming to families — and given its location in kid-friendly downtown McKinney, that makes sense — and is also a cozy date-night spot with live music. The Bee’s Knees, a pizza with spicy red sauce, hot soppressata, mozzarella, basil and a drizzle of honey, is popular. Cadillac Pizza Pub is at 112 S. Kentucky St., McKinney. Closed Mondays. cadillacpizzapub.com.
Campisi’s: Beloved pizza place Campisi’s wins for deepest dive into Dallas history. The Mockingbird Lane restaurant opened in 1950, and it remains a dark, reliable haunt for pie in Dallas. What the owners’ great-grandparents probably didn’t know when they moved from Italy to the United States is that the Campisi family would grow its namesake restaurant into many across Dallas-Fort Worth. Staying home? They sell good take-and-bake pizzas in grocery stores, too. Campisi’s Egyptian Lounge is at 5610 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas. Other restaurants are in Plano, Fort Worth, Frisco Rockwall and more. campisis.us.
Cane Rosso: Many say Cane Rosso serves the best Neapolitan pizza in Dallas-Fort Worth. There’s a bit of a cult following here, and regulars relish the off-the-menu specials and proudly agree that pizza shouldn’t be served with ranch dressing. It’s a like-it-or-leave-it place. And we like it. Popular orders include a spicy and sweet pie called the Honey Bastard and a dessert pizza with vanilla mascarpone, Nutella, cookie butter and crushed cookies. That’s the Ladybird, and you should get it. Cane Rosso restaurants are in Carrollton, Dallas, Fairview, Frisco and Fort Worth. Its owner also operates Zoli’s NY Pizza, where ranch is totally allowed on pizza. canerosso.com.
Fireside Pies: The most upscale, refined pizza joint on this list is Fireside Pies. We recommend it as a spot for out-of-towners, because it’s nice enough to entertain friends on a Saturday night but inclusive enough that everybody will find something they like to eat. (And if you have That One Friend, that’s often a challenge, am I right?) Fireside Pies offers delivery, but don’t do that; it’s fun to dine in. Fireside Pies has restaurants in Dallas, Fort Worth, Grapevine and Plano. firesidepies.com.
11:50 AM on Mar 7, 2019