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Houston's pizza problem is exposed: National mag ranks it far below other big cities in pie power

Houston's pizza problem is exposed: National mag ranks it far below other big cities in pie power

The New York vs. Chicago-style conundrum has been solved (at least for now) by a recent survey of Travel + Leisure readers: The Windy City's signature deep dish it is. But where does Houston — a metropolitan city in a state arguably better known for its barbeque and Tex-Mex — fall on the pizza spectrum? 

Our pizza options seem woefully few and generally unexceptional for a city of this size. Sure, there's the mouthwatering Taleggio pie at Dolce VitaLuigi's makes a mean Margherita and Frank's Pizza will do in a pinch, but on the whole, a ranking of No. 16 on the "America's Best Cities for Pizzas" list feels deserved.

 Our pizza options seem woefully few and generally unexceptional for a city of this size.  

Travel + Leisure readers applaud Coppa for its thin crust and "signature cured pork," and the irreverent Pi Pizza Truck gets a thumbs up for the menu that "caters to perhaps more adventurous palates" with toppings like Chili Cheese Fritos, barbecue sauce and mac and cheese. 

Two other Texas cities make the list: San Antonio at No. 13, thanks to authentic offerings at Dough Pizzeria Napoletana and brisket toppings at Big Lou's, and Austin at No. 15, with nods to cutting-edge gourmet options at House Pizzeria and the delicious pie at Home Slice Pizza on South Congress. 

Where's your favorite place to grab a slice?

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