All the pizza wonks out there get into these arguments about Pizza over everything from Artisan to Chain, NY Style vs. Chicago, the lack of good/authentic ______ style pizza in the Houston area, how current trends are raising the bar/ruining pizza as we know it, etc. And let's see what kind of a throwdown will occur when three people can't agree on what toppings to put on a pizza. Makes my shake my head and roll my eyes. Many folks are still looking for genuine Chicago Deep Dish style pizzas in Houston. On the other hand the other styles--New York, Neapolitan, and of course Sicilian are available all over, with many good local representations of them. While I love newer places like Pi Pizza Truck, Pink's, Pizzeria Solario and Pizaro's who do great Artisan, New York and Neapolitan style pizzas, classic places in Houston also have great pies as well. For me, the two definitive Houston classic pizzas are Star Pizza and of course Barry's Pizza and Italian Diner. These places have history and longevity because they have created great memories for many native and long-term Houstonians, and they have put out a consistently great product that has hit the proverbial spot, especially when it comes to their Sicilian Pizza. One thing I always make sure when I'm covering Houston Restaurants is to not just showcase the great new places, but also to remind y'all of the great places that are pillars of the community and let new Houstonian's know about these places as well.
From their website:
Barry’s Pizza and Italian Diner is a 125 seat Texas log cabin located at 6003 Richmond Avenue, five minutes from the famous Galleria. We are serving our third generation of customers! People who first came in as children with their parents are now bringing in their own children. Our wine list and draft beer selection offer our guests both a quality and price not found in other pizzerias. We offer our customers the opportunity to dine in our rustic Texas dining rooms, or sit out on our patio for an “al fresco” meal. Meals can also be picked up or delivered to our guests, either at home or at work. Barry’s Pizza has been family owned & operated since 1983. We pride ourselves on consistently welcoming our guests with genuine old fashioned hospitality. Our loyal guests are the true secret to our success & we are honored to be serving our third generation of families! We’re serious about our pizza! We hand-make each pie from the finest & freshest ingredients for truly outstanding quality & taste. ‘It’s in the cheese!’ Our cheese is our own exclusive recipe, aged to perfection. Our dough is made daily, both for hand-tossed & deep dish Sicilian. We take time to prepare a twice-risen deep dish, providing a lighter, more tender crust than our competitors. Our sauces are made daily with beautiful ripe tomatoes fresh-packed within hours of picking, providing that ‘truly fresh’ flavor.
31 years and counting is outstanding in a place as dynamic and changeable as Houston has been. I was craving a Sicilian pie and on top of that, they had Saint Arnold's Bishop's Barrel 7 on this particular day too! So I hightailed it over to Richmond Avenue to revisit this Houston Classic!