Feb. 9 is National Pizza Day, and we will be celebrating here in Dallas. But pizza is worth celebrating any day — usually on weekends, often with wine or beer, and notably with friends or family. It's no wonder pizzas come with heart-shaped crusts around Valentine's Day: There's a lot to love in every cheesy bite.
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.
Pie Tap Pizza Workshop + Bar: One of the best things about Pie Tap Pizza Workshop + Bar is that it's a rockin' spot for brunch. Yes, pizza brunch. 'Zas like the sausage, egg, caramelized onion and smoked mozzarella pie are popular for the late-breakfast crowd on the weekends. Pie Tap also sells traditional pies like margherita or salami, plus a hefty offering of salads, pastas and even sandwiches and burgers. Pie Tap has restaurants in the Dallas Design District, on Henderson Avenue in Dallas and in Plano. pie-tap.com.
Tutta's Pizza: Guy Fieri and the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives crew visited Tutta's Pizza just a few years after it opened in the West End in Dallas. One of the pies he tried was the Texan, which comes topped with brisket, pepperoncini, red onions, mozzarella and barbecue sauce. Its West End address means it's close to Uptown and downtown Dallas, and a hot spot for anyone following Fieri's favorites. Tutta's Pizza is at 1701 N. Market St., Dallas. tuttaspizza.com.
Other local favorites include Eno's Pizza Tavern in Dallas and Forney; Carmine's Pizzeria in Dallas; Coal Vines in Dallas and Richardson; Greenville Avenue Pizza Company in Dallas; Louie's in Dallas; Pizza Snob in Fort Worth and Denton; Pizzeria Testa in Dallas; Olivella's Neo Pizza Napoletana in Dallas, Fort Worth, Las Colinas and Plano; Rocco's Uptown in Dallas; Serious Pizza in Dallas; Urban Crust in Plano; ZaLat in Dallas and Plano; and Zoli's NY Pizza in Addison.
Dallas has also seen a boom in fast-casual, fast-cooking pizza joints. Most of them are franchises, and many of them are growing across North Texas. Some of those brands include Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza (notable because of its celebrity backers including LeBron James), Pie Five Pizza, MidiCi, Mod Pizza and Spin! Pizza.
Pie Five Pizza is giving away free pizza for a year to five customers. Act quick: You've got until Feb. 8 to post a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #p5NPD, showing "how you enjoy Pie Five," says a statement. They even have cauliflower crust option — which isn't really pizza, but nevermind. Lots of locations; find a Pie Five at piefivepizza.com/locations.
New pizza joint MidiCi in Preston Hollow is doing a buy one, get one deal on Feb. 9. The deal is simple: Pick one pizza, get a second one for free. MidiCi just opened near Walnut Hill Lane and Central Expressway, in the same shopping center as Trader Joe's. MidiCi is at 7825 Firefall Way, Dallas. mymidici.com.
Don't say we didn't warn you. IHOP — the company that famously, questionably, changed its name to IHOb to promote the arrival of more burgers on its menu — is now partnering with a food-delivery service to sell Pancizza. That's a pancake pizza. (You say it pan-KEET-za, if you need to say it at all.) Flavors of this pancake-pizza include original buttermilk, bacon and cheddar, and cupcake. They're available in Dallas only via DoorDash from Feb. 8-10. Use the code PANCIZZA for free delivery.
If you're still like, "what?" maybe this will help:
And because National Pizza Day is a few days before Valentine's Day, some restaurants are selling heart-shaped pizzas. We love this idea. Among them:
- Rotolo's Pizzeria in Lewisville and Frisco, with heart-shaped pizzas available Feb. 8 through Feb. 14
- California Pizza Kitchen in Dallas, Frisco, Grapevine and Plano from Feb. 13 through Feb. 17
- Greenville Avenue Pizza Company in Dallas on Feb. 14