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“Good Pizza” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Pizaro's Pizza

Pizaro's Pizza
14028 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77079
281.589.7277
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Ranked #173 of 7,288 Restaurants in Houston
Cuisines: Pizza
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Houston, Texas
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61 reviews 61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Good Pizza”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

Good pizza and excellent Caesar salad. Been there a couple of times. The food is good. Service could be better. The owner is very nice but many of the staff need customer service guidance.

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  • English first
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English first
Houston, TX
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Go Authentic!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Pizaro's pizza is absolutely wonderful! If you're looking for the authentic Italian style pizza then this is the place to go. Not only do they take pride in their pizzas, sourcing many of the high quality ingredients from Italy, but they take pride in their customer service as well. Bill the owner, knows our family by name and often has helped to keep our little one occupied when she starts getting a little fussy. (We always try to go during off hours as to not annoy others) I'm sure he would know our 'regular' order if we had one, but we enjoy trying out all the different types of pizza including their wonderful dessert pizzas. (A must try is the pear and Gorgonzola) Just trying them for the first time? I recommend staying classic with the Margherita or the Fino. Like things spicy? Then you must ask for a side of the Calabrian Peppers.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
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“90 Second Pizza! Whoa!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

You know your food is fresh when it is made before your eyes. All the ingredients are from scratch and Margherita pizza is phenomenal! What's even better is the Italian brick oven where the pizza bakes in 90 seconds! The only con is that its really far away from the Downtown. Its also in a shopping strip on Memorial Dr. So don't allow the distance to intimidate you because this place is worth your drive.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
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“Okay pie, but inflexible attitude”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

Pizaro's isn't shy about forcing their attitude upon you. If you know what a true pizza made according to the standards of the Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN) is then you won't mind the attitude. If you are looking for the style of pizzas that exist outside of Napoli, Italy (e.g., New York, Chicago, St. Louis, etc., etc.) then you just might be disappointed.

A few examples of the attitude:

1. Want to use their dough to make your own pie at home? Forget about it. I was turned away with a terse "NO." No explanation. No apology.

2. Want to have your pizza delivered? Nope.

3. Want to call in your order so it's ready when you arrive? No way buddy. By the way, this lack of cooperation is not mentioned at the bottom of the homepage or menu page where most users will look (and find) the phone number. They will explain to you that their pizzas cook in 90 seconds. Well, I can get their from my house in 90 seconds, so why make me wait?

4. Lastly, and I predict this will be the death knell of Pizaro's, you can not get a pizza your way, only theirs. Sure you can pick from a limited selection of additional items but they will be used in the sparse style dictated by the VPN. If you want a more American standard pie with lots of cheese...fuggedaboutit! Does the VPN require its disciples to produce only VPN pizzas? No, it doesn't. A review of the VPN's website shows there is no requirement that these are the only pizzas you have to make.

Is their VPN-style pizza bad? No, as long as you know what to expect. And their website has a few images that will help set your expectations.

They are roughly 11 inches in size (sorry folks, you can't get anything larger or smaller). The dough is hand stretched to an evenly narrow thickness and covered in a very simple tomato sauce. The sauce is closer to diced tomatoes with a touch of salt than your standard spiced sauce. The cheese is fresh mozzarella. No shredded stuff here. And the cheese will occupy less than 50% of the pie. I guarantee you will not get a bite of cheese in every bite you take.

I honestly respect what the owner here is trying to do and I wish him well. But c'mon, show some flexibility. Lead your customers gently down the path to Napoli-style pizzas. Get them in the door. Give them what they want, not what you want them to have. Then suggest they try the 'real thing.'

In the end, I will be watching his fate from the sidelines. The rigid nature of the place and the attitude I got is enough to turn me off. I don't plan on returning.

Good luck Pizaro's, you're gonna need it.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Holy Cow this is good.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

I've had the chance to try three different pizzas at Pizaro's. Wow, they're good! As another reviewer said, "this is the next best thing" to going to Italy. We've had the Calibrese, Campania, and a plain Margherita. What a wonderful taste.

I'll be back again on Saturday. I think I'll suggest the spinach and ricotta to my wife :)

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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