Where To Find The Best Pizza In Pearland
Hot pizza laden with delicious toppings is always a great choice, and Pearland restaurants have excellent pies to satisfy diners seeking both traditional and more contemporary combinations. Inventive toppings include Fritos, caramelized pears and boudin crumbles, while worthy standbys such as sausage, pepperoni, veggies and plenty of cheeses are easily found. Many locations also serve pizza’s cousins: calzones and strombolis. Read on to explore must-visit pizza parlors, and visit the Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau dining website for more recommendations.
Brooklyn Pizzeria, 9215 Broadway: For authentic, New York-style pizza, look no further than this family-owned-and-operated eatery. The Shahini family has served Pearland for more than 15 years, and have over 30 years in the business, having tossed pies in Brooklyn, New York before moving to Texas. Pizzas come in four sizes: 12-inch (small) through 18-inch (extra-large) and are available in 10 topping combinations or as create-your-own options.
Signature topping combinations include the Brooklyn Special with pepperoni, hamburger, Canadian bacon, mushrooms, onions, olives and bell peppers and Chicken Alfredo N.Y. Style loaded with alfredo sauce, mozzarella, grilled chicken, spinach and fresh tomatoes. There are selections for one-track minds, too, such as the Meat Lovers with sauce and four meats and the Ricotta Trio with three cheeses and basil. Be your own “pie Picasso” and choose from among 30 toppings like Italian sausage, salami, feta, pineapple, mushrooms and red onions. Pizzas are available with a regular, gluten-free cauliflower or vegan crust. Order whole pizzas or by the slice. You can also customize whole pizzas with half-and-half toppings.
In addition, there are salads, hero subs, pasta plates, calzones, strombolis and desserts. For weekday lunch, which runs Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., choose from assorted combinations such as two, one-topping slices for $4.99, five wings and a slice for $8.99 or a slice and side salad for $4.99. Order for dine-in, carryout and delivery.
Center Court Pizza & Brew, 2560 Pearland Parkway and 9721 Broadway: This lively gathering place opened in Pearland 15 years ago. Part sports bar and part restaurant, it continues to serve excellent food and local beer in an engaging, family-friendly environment.
Although the menu offers plenty of variety, including pastas, pizza rolls, sandwiches and wings, the pizzas are the main draw. Opt for one of 14 pre-selected combinations such as the Touchdown (supreme) or Greek with spinach, Kalamata olives, tomatoes, roasted garlic and feta. Less-common pairings include the Zydeco with andouille sausage, spicy boudin crumbles, red onions and cream sauce topped with Cajun Dust and the Dilly Dill with cream sauce, bacon bits, roasted garlic, pickles and a buttermilk-ranch drizzle.
Alternatively, choose from an extensive variety of toppings and build your own pizza. Each pie comes finished with a brush of garlic butter and house seasoning on the crust. Options include five meats, such as pepperoni, Karbach Chicken and ham, and 15 produce selections, like fresh basil, three kinds of olives, pineapple, fresh spinach, mushrooms and jalapeños. Visit on game days for food and drink specials, and catch the action on multiple TVs.
Fire Stone Pizza Bar, 11625 Broadway: Every pizza prepared at this casual destination operated by the Emmons family is cooked in a wood-fired Pavesi Bistro Oven, which was hand-built in Italy. As much centerpiece as engineering marvel, the oven ensures consistent, delicious pies. Private and group reservations are welcomed, and catering is available for offsite events, including birthdays, weddings, graduations and more.
Pizza selections include 16 specialties like traditional pepperoni or supreme, along with a number of intriguing, less-common combinations. Try the Chicken Mango Habanero, Frito Pie with chili sauce, hamburger, cheddar cheese and Fritos or the Italian Surfboard with Alfredo sauce, soppressata and pineapple. You can also design your own pizza from 20 toppings such as roasted poblano peppers, sausage, olives and fresh garlic. Follow on social media for weekend specials. Examples have included BBQ Brisket & Smoked Sausage and the Pearland-inspired Prosciutto And Caramelized Pear pizza.
For a fully fledged feast, the Pizza Bar Combo offers a multicourse spread. It includes a choice from any combination of four categories: house salad, soup, pasta with sauce and topping, and a slice of pizza. The special is $12 for adults Monday through Thursday, and $15 Friday through Sunday. Kids ages three through eleven are $6.50 daily or free on Wednesdays with the purchase of an adult combo, and children two and under eat for free daily. Sign up for the Bday Club online and receive a free pizza bar combo on your birthday. Top it off with à la carte desserts such as tiramisu or Triple Chocolate Cake.
Grace Pizza and Shakes, 9415 Broadway: This casual pizza kitchen by chef and owner Adrian Hembree (Grazia Italian Kitchen, Grace Market) offers a dozen kinds of 12-inch specialty pizzas. (Each includes six slices.) Prices start at $18 for options such as Ashlyn’s Art, made with feta cheese, spinach, red onion, roasted garlic, roasted peppers, fresh basil and a balsamic glaze on a gluten-free crust. Chileheads can try the Heat Wave, loaded with spicy marinara, shredded mozzarella, Calabrian chilis, Calabrese salami, Italian sausage and finished with a drizzle of local hot honey, while those seeking a tamer option might like the Chicken Cielo with white garlic sauce, shredded mozzarella, spinach, roma tomatoes, marinated chicken and feta cheese. Choose from four dipping sauces for $2 each: Grace butter (house garlic butter), jalapeño ranch, house ranch or hand-crushed tomatoes.
The create-your-own menu starts at $16 with a choice of pizza sauce and one dipping sauce, and toppings for $2 each. These include six proteins such as sliced meatballs and pepperoni, specialty cheeses like whipped ricotta or feta, and 10 fresh veggies, including artichokes, olives, mushrooms and peppers.
A trip to Grace is hardly complete without a signature milkshake blended with decadent ingredients like cinnamon rolls, brownies, Oreos and cake. For extra fun, order the specialty Gia’s Cake Explosion that comes with a sparkler. One dollar from each of these shakes is donated to the charity Sky High for Kids.
Grazia Italian Kitchen, 9415 Broadway: This casual-elegant restaurant is owned by chef Adrian Hembree (same owner as Grace Pizza and Shakes, above) and boasts a full menu of inspired Italian dishes from meats to pastas. Pizza lovers are in luck, too.
Visit during lunch for an abbreviated menu that includes individual, wood-fired pizzas with up to two toppings. There is also a two-topping pizza plus soup or salad lunch special for $11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
At dinner, create your own pizza and select from among 14 toppings or choose 10 signature combinations. The latter include customer favorites The “Dansby” with mozzarella, ricotta, Italian sausage, pork shoulder bacon, red onions, tomatoes, basil, red pepper, balsamic and extra virgin olive oil, and Adrian’s Art with mozzarella, pepperoni, pork shoulder bacon, Italian sausage, Wagyu beef, basil, ricotta, red pepper and garlic ranch.
Feed a group with the Pizza Package. It is $46 and is enough for four to six people, with an optional add-on of red or white wine starting at $15 each. The deal includes a choice of any two specialty pizzas, plus a family-style house salad with balsamic dressing, six dinner rolls and garlic olive oil dipping sauce.
Italiano’s, 11710 Broadway: Husband and wife team Susie Kumbara and Al Sadiku co-own this growing local Italian chain, which they opened in the North Houston area after moving from Brooklyn more than 20 years ago and have since expanded to Pearland.
Start by choosing between two crusts: Neapolitan hand-tossed in medium, large or extra large or the 16- by 16-inch extra large Sicilian deep dish. Next, decide on your topping combination: Cheese, Veggie (with mushrooms, green peppers, black olives and mushrooms), Meat (with Canadian bacon, pepperoni, sausage and hamburger) or Supreme (a combination of the veggie and meat pizzas).
Additional toppings for personalized pies start at $1.31 for options like jalapeño peppers, meatballs and green olives, and $2.63 for gourmet add-ons such as chicken, spinach, feta, fresh tomato, garlic, fresh basil, salami, ham and artichoke hearts.
For lunch, pizza-by-the-slice is only $2.89 for cheese (additional toppings 25 cents each) and $3.62 for supreme, veggie or meat. Add a garden or Caesar salad for $2.61. There are also calzones and strombolis for less than $10.
Visiting during a date night, or just want some conversation starters? The Ultimate Date Night Challenge is a fun and slightly quirky guided questionnaire posted on the Italiano’s website for guests to enjoy.
Santa Barbara Italian Cafe, 5020 Broadway: Fill up on traditional Italian comfort food at this local mainstay owned and operated by chef Jordana Tovich. Find an extensive menu of soups, salads, subs and entrées served in a homey space by friendly staff. The restaurant is also part of the Pearland International Cuisine Trail, which lets diners earn prizes by dining at participating restaurants. Learn more about the trail online.
The Pizza Mia is highly recommended and comes with a choice of five toppings. These include pepperoni, bacon, ham, chicken, sausage, mushrooms, olives, onions, bell peppers, spinach, zucchini, eggplant, feta and mozzarella. Each pizza is served with garlic bread and a choice of the daily soup or house garden salad.
Round out your experience with house-favorite Neapolitan Lasagna layered with three cheeses and meat, the hearty Eggplant Parmigiana, classic Veal Marsala or a variety of seafood dishes such as Seafood Risotto packed with Mediterranean herbs, crab meat, jumbo grilled shrimp, scallops and grilled vegetables.
Save room for the rich, homestyle desserts with a choice from eight selections such as Carrot Pineapple Cake, Cannoli with Cream Cheese & Chocolate Chips, Chocolate Raspberry Cake or Italian Cream Cake. To drink, there are espressos, coffees, sodas, teas, beers and BYOB wine or liquor is available with a $2.79-per-person corkage fee.
Taglia Fresh Italian, 3115 Dixie Farm Road: This relative newcomer to the Pearland dining scene opened in 2019, but already enjoys a loyal following of happy guests. Pizzas are available all day and come in a variety of enticing combinations. There are eight specialty options, and all are available with a gluten-free cauliflower crust for $2.50 extra (only in the 10-inch size). Choose from standards such as Veg Out, which is a virtual garden on a pizza with red and green bell peppers, red onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini and black olives over a housemade red sauce, or the Regina Margherita featuring fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil leaves.
Diners seeking alternative combinations can order the Prosciutto Arugula & Fig topped with mozzarella, fig jam, prosciutto crudo di Parma and arugula finished with Parmigiano cheese. There are also four chicken pizzas in buffalo, pesto, Alfredo and barbecue and the protein–packed Mighty Meat satisfies carnivores with mozzarella, pepperoni, Italian sausage and ground beef. The Build-Your-Own menu offers 19 “regular” toppings such as veggies, sautéed onions, minced garlic, olives and ricotta, while “premium” options include two kinds of chicken, sausage, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto and anchovies. There are five calzones, too, plus a build-your-own option. The former include combos such as cheesesteak and lasagna. Visit on Tuesdays for the 2022 pizza special, which includes two large, two-topping pizzas for just $20.22.
Taglia also serves two dessert pizzas. The Nutella & Strawberry Pizza comes smeared with Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread, fresh sliced strawberries and powdered sugar, while the M&M’s Smores Pizza is laden with marshmallows, M&M’s and graham cracker crumbles, then finished with a Nutella swirl.
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