Ask 10 people if they know where to get great Pizza and in Dallas, you will get 10 different answers. There is good pizza all over town depending on what you like and what you are in the mood for. Campania, Fireside Pies, Coal Vines, Grimaldi’s, and i Fratelli, run the gambit of traditional pizza. Ask for Chicago style ‘za and Chicago Ricks, Chicago’s Finest, and Pizzeria Uno come to mind. But what about simple carry out or delivery pizza that rivals the chains? Not in the mood for the usual? Try The Pizza Guy. Its simple quality ingredients make it a great pizza where you don’t have to sit down for full service. Located in between Campbell and Frankford Road on Preston, this is a North Dallas haven for great pizza.
I must admit this place has been special to me for two reasons. First, I use to work there. Not at The Pizza Guy, but at the Mr. Jim’s Pizza that previously occupied the space. Memories of making good money and eating endless pizza one great summer are what drive me back to The Pizza Guy for a pie. Second, the wife and I lived merely two blocks away and The Pizza Guy quickly became a staple. What makes The Pizza Guy great? In my mind, the ingredients. That will have me calling for The Pizza Guy over the Papa any day.
Open the box and you immediately smell the classic pizza smell. Slightly smoked cheese melts with the hint of garlic and herbs from the sauce. The yeasty smell of the crust kicks the stomach into gear. It growls and you are ready to tear into the first slice.
The Pizza Guy starts with a great crust. Most places say they have a great crust, but I find this erroneous. I had a slice a few weeks ago of a thin crust pizza. Was it thin? Yes. Was it good? No. The flimsy crust could not hold up the light sauce and dusting of cheese. The crust is the foundation and The Pizza Guy builds a stable one. Their crust is the perfect layer of chewy bread we crave with just enough crunch to accompany the sauce and cheese. The flavor is simple and non obtrusive. There is not a sprinkling of herbs or shot of garlic to transform the crust to focaccia levels and for me that works. As a great foundation, the crust should not override the taste of sauce and cheese. I don’t mind a crust that features this, but am usually happy with a simpler approach.
For me, cheese makes this a great pizza. The Pizza Guy features cheese from Grande’ Cheeses. The smokey cheese is simply perfection atop a wonderful layer of crust and sauce. Several local pizza joints feature Grande’ cheese. If you find such a place, you’re in for a treat. Their cheese has a slight resistance when melted. Its firm texture and reluctance to release keeps it from being boring. The cheese has a creamy texture with depth from a slightly smokey quality. Quality mozzarella from Grande’ is what separates The Pizza Guy from normal delivery. Typical chain pizza serves a sub par cheese. The “melt topping” proves boring and tasteless. One bite of quality cheese and a realization occurs on your taste buds and in your mind, this is not typical.
Finally there is the toppings. Variety is the spice of life at The Pizza Guy. They deliver a truck full of toppings. The menu includes choices of eight meats, four sauces, thirteen veggies, and three cheeses (Cheddar and Feta are the other cheese options). My favorites include classics like pepperoni, pork sausage, mushrooms, green olives, and peppers. But don’t pass up the slightly different toppings such as chicken, spinach, sliced Roma tomatoes, or fresh diced garlic (a free topping on any pizza). Looking for a specialty to rock your evening? Check out the Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza that includes bacon, onion, and cheddar cheeses on the classic pizza. The Pizza Guy Favorite features pepperoni, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic, and feta cheese. Grilled Chicken Alfredo starts with a creamy alfredo sauce and topped with chicken, onion, mushrooms, and Roma tomatoes.
If you find yourself in North Dallas craving some pizza, stop by The Pizza Guy and grab a pie. I think you will like it.
Note: The Pizza Guy is also home to Hypnotic Donuts on the weekends. I have yet to try them, but I have heard good things.
Note: The Pizza Guy has since changed ownership and reopened. The pizza is not the same reviewed here. Its not bad, but NOT the same. I would eat it if you were paying.
F – 3
V – 3
R – 3