Our expert guide to the best pizza in The Woodlands
Best Pizza in The Woodlands
The Woodlands has a surprisingly strong array of pizza joints, especially for a suburban town. From great local operations to big names from NYC and Chicago, pizza lovers in The Woodlands have a lot of choices. We’ve sacrificed our waistlines to bring you our take on the best places to eat pizza.
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Crisp - closed
Wine lovers flock to this Heights import for the great selection of well priced wines, including some rare options by the glass. Crisp’s Enomatic machine keeps them fresh, and allows patrons to serve themselves. Food isn’t an afterthought; from clever gourmet pizzas to upscale entrees, and an outstanding weekend brunch (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) Crisp keeps us coming back for more.
Lunch at Crisp can be a fantastic bargain. A nicely curated list of $10 lunch specials includes chicken D’Angelo, which just may be the best spin on chicken parmigiana in the area. It’s a steal (and only available) at lunch.
American, Italian, and Pizza | Research East
Happy Hour, Outdoor Dining, and Private Room
Freshly cut toppings on a Chicago-style thin crust (yes, that’s a thing) are the draw at this local chain of pizza spots. From the original location, Crust has spread out all over the Woodlands area, bringing its popular gourmet pizzas, big salads, and Italian entrees to hungry families. Each Crust location has a different feel, but all share the same focus on fresh ingredients (dough is made several times a day, and never frozen or refrigerated) and great customer service.
Pizza, Salads, and Sandwiches | Panther Creek
Locals rave about this hidden gem located in a tiny strip center on Glen Loch. Take out or delivery are your two options, and you’ll be glad you did. Thin crust is the specialty, with hand-tossed crust, plentiful real cheese, and good quality toppings. Savvy customers jump on the bargain carry out special; a one-topping extra-large for $10. Calzones, subs, and salads round out the offering. You don’t have to take it home, but you can’t eat it there.
Pizza | Panther Creek
The Woodlands has no shortage of great pizza places. But one name comes up over and over when asked for recommendations. RC’s NYC Pizza & Pasta serves honest-to-Vito New York street pizza, either traditional (cheese only) or with your choice of toppings. They’re serious about pizza: RC himself travels around the nation competing against the best pizza makers in the country, and has repeatedly brought home the hardware.
RC’s goes beyond pizza, with outstanding wings, delicious calzones, and great plated entrees. This isn’t your average pizza spot, which is why it earned a spot on our list.
Italian and Pizza | Sawdust
Gino’s East - closed
If you’re in search of a real Chicago-style deep dish pizza, look no further than Gino’s East. This Chicago import brings Superior Street cred to the Woodlands with the signature cornmeal crust and a casserole-like construction of cheese, sauce, and toppings. Illinois expats each have their favorite pizza joint, but all will agree that Gino’s East offers the best Chicago-style deep dish in the Woodlands.
If you’ve only enjoyed the more popular New York-style pizza, you’re in for a new experience. A slice feeds a typical appetite; two if you’re very hungry. Don’t be in a hurry; cooking a pizza this thick can take 45 minutes, so plan accordingly.
Pizza | I-45 Corridor
Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, this high-end pizza chain boasts a coal-fired oven and old school New York-style pizza. The craft approach uses great ingredients (don’t pass up the Italian sausage) and an artisan sensibility to put together pricey pizzas that appeal to refined pizza palates. Our only beef is the inconsistency; a hot coal oven requires constant attention, and too often our pizza is either undercooked or over done. But when they’re on, they’re superb, and at these prices, they should be.
Pizza | Waterway
This Seattle-based pizza chain brings a new approach to making pizza. All the thin crust artisan pies are personal (either small or medium). The hungry pizzaphile travels down the assembly line, selecting sauces, cheeses, and toppings. Pick all you want; the price doesn’t change.
The result can be inches thick, and goes right into Mod’s custom pizza oven. In a few minutes, the pizza you designed is ready to devour. Those of you who’ve given up on pizza chains could be pleasantly surprised by Mod; its a solid choice, especially if everyone wants something different.
Pizza and Salads | Indian Springs