Our expert guide to the best pizza in The Woodlands
Best Pizza in The Woodlands – January 2020
Looking for the best restaurant for pizza? The Woodlands has a surprisingly strong array of pizza joints, especially for a suburban town. From great local operations to big names from out of town, 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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Last updated January 2020 – First published August 2017
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
Brooklyn-style pizza with a Texas accent
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
Modern Italian in a chic, upscale setting
Upscale Italian cuisine comes to the Northwest Woodlands with the opening of Zanti Cucina Italiana, the brainchild of three brothers who bring extensive food & beverage background to this new endeavor. Outstanding housemade pastas, Neapolitan pizzas, and strict attention to detail are the draws here. You don’t have to drive downtown for a great Italian meal anymore… or even to the front of the Woodlands.
Italian and Pizza | Research West
Happy Hour and Private Room
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. There are no family-sized pies; 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 thin or an inch 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 | Indian Springs
Homestyle Italian in a sleekly comfortable setting
Radunare offers a very personal take on Italian food, based on the recipes from the Morello family, who immigrated from Sicily over 100 years ago. Fresh pastas, hand-tossed pizzas, a strong appetizer list, and well-priced entrees are the big draws. Service model has moved from counter service to full service at dinner, a decision we applaud. And don’t skip dessert; both classic Italian favorites and unique offerings are available, including small treats that start at $1.
The evolving bar is a comfortable spot to grab a drink and relax with friends. Tempting happy hour food offerings, too.
Italian and Pizza | Research East
Happy Hour, Outdoor Dining, and Private Room
Modern Italian in a chic hotel setting
This casually ambitious Italian eatery bursts onto the Woodlands Waterway scene with a playful approach to Italian dining. Chef Enzo Fargione brings traditional Italian techniques to the Woodlands by way of Washington DC, and our first look at his food is very promising. Well priced appetizers, pizzas, pastas, and desserts take center stage, and the completely rebuilt dining room is both modern and inviting. Excellent wine list.
Italian and Pizza | Waterway
Happy Hour, Outdoor Dining, and Private Room