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The crusts are crisp and the red sauce is outstanding, but at Candelari's it's the sausage that really rocks. If you order the create-your-own pizza with Candelari's Italian sausage, green peppers and half the usual amount of mozzarella, you will sink your teeth into the best sausage pizza in the city. The penne with Italian sausage and spaghetti with Italian sausage aren't bad, either.
Hands down the best deep dish pizza in Houston. The sausage selection is intense, the crust is perfectly crispy and chewy, and the toppings are plentiful. Crushes Star Pizza like a worm. Yeah, that's right. Worm. The only con is the weekend buffet. If business is slow, they don't rotate out often and you're either waiting impatiently or chomping on old pizza to hold you over. Stick with the menu.
"I grew up in the Bellaire-West U-Rice area, and Albert Candelari was my grandfather," says Michael May, the owner and founder of Candelari's Pizzeria (2617 W. Holcombe, 713-662-2825). "We were looking for somewhere close by to move the original... More »
A few nights ago, I sat down and feasted on a sausage pie at Candelari's Pizzeria at Washington Avenue and Westcott. It made my eyes widen and my heart race. The dough was swollen here and there along its perimeter, with yeasty bubbles that had... More »
The pizza crust was crispy with big yeast bubbles. The tomato sauce was spicy. And the loose Italian sausage spread over the top was kicking up some serious garlic and fennel fumes. It was some of the best Italian sausage I've ever had on a... More »
Candelari's owner Michael Mays calls himself "The King of Sausages." He even has the slogan curving across the top of the pizzeria's logo. His sausage pizza is very good, but Mays could put his Italian sausage on Wonder bread and still draw raves. As the story goes, Mays founded Candelari Sausage with his Grandpa Candelari's sausage recipe. It is boldly spiced, with garlic and fennel in the foreground and the subtle flavor of several secret ingredients (orange liqueur?) in the background. At... More »
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