Pizza is a wonderful thing. Kids love it, adults love it… Seriously, how many times have you come across someone who doesn’t like pizza? It’s one of few foods that is truly universal as many cultures around the world have adopted the popular dish and made it their own. From classic toppings like pepperoni and sausage to tandoori chicken, crab meat, goat cheese, and pico de gallo, you can top a pie with almost anything. Lucky for pizza lovers, Downtown Houston has some of the city’s best options!
1. ARTE PIZZERIA
Nestled inside Conservatory, Houston’s very first food hall, Arte Pizzeria specializes in personal-sized pizzas packed with tons of flavor! A few of our favorites include one topped with prosciutto and brussel sprouts and another called the Bianca, topped with white sauce, 4 kinds of cheese (goat cheese, ricotta, mozzarella and fontina), slow roasted garlic, caramelized onions, spinach and green onions. We’d be remiss not to mention that Conservatory also has both a beer garden with 60+ beers on tap, as well as an in-house wine bar with a stellar list of reasonably-priced wines, many of which are sure to pair well with Arte’s handcrafted pizza selections.
This downtown favorite gives regular pizza a bit of international flare. Inspired by the cuisines of India, Bombay’s innovative creations are served on a homemade, dense, thin and crispy crust with toppings such as cilantro, tandoori chicken, garlic and artichoke hearts on the “Gateway to India,” or fresh spinach and four different cheeses on the “Saag Paneer.” Those feeling a little less adventurous can always opt for classic options like pepperoni, veggie lovers or supreme.
Known around town for the “late night slice,” Frank’s Pizza has been serving Downtown Houston for as long as we can remember. Whether you’re looking for pizza by the slice, the whole pie, or other favorites like wings, cheesesticks and burgers, you’ll find them all here! What’s even better is Frank’s now has a “Backyard” where you can sit back, relax and enjoy your meal in an open-air patio space unlike any other in downtown!
If you’re looking to upgrade your pizza night, head to Grotto Ristorante located on Downtown’s restaurant row- Avenida Houston. This trendy Italian eatery specializes in Neapolitan thin crust pizzas like a traditional margherita with roma tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, or a roasted chicken pizza with mozzarella, goat cheese, caramelized onion, basil and tomato! Plus, compliment your meal with one of the 80+ selections on the restaurant’s extensive wine list!
This casual, yet modern trattoria brings the authentic tastes of Italy to Downtown Houston’s own Ballpark District with their house made pastries, pastas and wood-fired pizza. Both meat and veggie lovers will be satisfied with a variety of options like the Funghi pizza topped with plenty of mushrooms, shallots, kale and other goodness, or the Barbecue Pulled Pork pizza with smoky red onion, cilantro and mozzarella.
Build your own 10” personal-sized pizza and choose from 30+ toppings at this fast casual concept in Downtown’s Southern District. If you’re having an indecisive day, choose one of the six suggested combinations like the Southern Heat with buffalo sauce, mozzarella, red onions, jalapeños and chicken; or the Lineage with marina sauce, mozzarella, mushrooms, red onions, green peppers, black olives, pepperoni and Italian sausage. Looking for vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free or gluten-free options? Your Pie has you covered… And they deliver in the Downtown area too!