- Cover illustration by Zane Thomas
"Pizza is a lot like sex... when it's bad, it's still pretty good."
Well, we beg to differ. Bad pizza is bad. We’ve all had it by now, either by our own hands or someone else’s, and we’re solely talking about pies at this point, but bad pizza happens. Which makes good and great pizza a thing to celebrate.
We also explored long-time institutions to learn the secret to their success and we give tips on how not to order at Urban Bricks Pizza Co.
We’re not ones to suggest taking pizza to bed (Do you want ants? Because that’s how you get ants), but we recommend making these pies more than just friends.
If You Insist on Deep Dish...
Trilogy Pizza & Wine Bistro: Nestled deep in the Stone Oak area is Trilogy, a classy restaurant that has been a staple of the northern community for 10 years. It started out as a pizza joint serving two styles, classic Italian, and a signature deep dish. If you’re looking for the Chicago style, Trilogy’s won’t disappoint. The cooking time is 25 minutes, but it’s worth it. As your pizza arrives at the table, piping hot, your mouth drools as you divide the pizza, watching strings of cheese stretch from the pie to your plate. The crust is nice and crispy, offering contrast to the delicious center. Since opening Trilogy has added the opportunity to visit the restaurant on a budget, offering up a great happy hour (and reverse happy hour) and a lunch buffet for $7.75. 19141 Stone Oak Pkwy., Suite 113, (210) 404-1818. — Erin Winch
Find Late Night Slices...
Sulla Strada Pizza: There’s something downright magical about a cheesy, wonderful slice of heaven — I mean, pizza — at 1 a.m. This is even truer after a night of drinking. Alas, San Antonio is not exactly known as the city of late-night dining. Many local pizza joints are closed come midnight, but that doesn’t mean you have to forgo your pizza cravings past the witching hour.
Enter Sulla Strada, a food truck typically located at Alamo Eat Street Bar. Sulla Strada is only open Thursday through Sunday, but their hours are night-owl friendly. Thursday and Sunday the food truck is open from 5 p.m. ‘til midnight, and Friday and Saturday their hours extend ‘til 2 a.m. Sulla Strada’s pizza is damn good, too. Their menu is concise and contains all the staples, from pepperoni to a classic margherita. The cheese pizza is tantalizing and anything but basic, thanks to the whole cloves of garlic nestled atop cheese that’s just greasy enough. Each pie is $12, made fresh to order and definitely worth the wait. 609 S. Alamo St. — Alexis Barnhart
Pizza That’s Just as Good Right Out of the Fridge…
Guillermo’s: There’s no doubt about it: Guillermo’s pizza is a San Antonio staple. Flavorful and fresh, their pizza is popular for a reason. It’s so good that sometimes you can’t help but order an 18-inch pie, loaded with toppings … all for one.
No matter how much you love pizza, sometimes you can’t finish that cheesy XL pepperoni and mushroom all by yourself. Of course you’ll eat the leftovers, because pizza is always good. But while some pizza may get soggy, floppy, or stale if it isn’t eaten immediately, Guillermo’s holds up after a couple days in the fridge. Nothing beats fresh pizza, but their leftovers are honestly just as good. Guillermo’s fresh toppings, gooey cheese, and chewy hand-tossed crust make their pies ridiculously good, whether fresh, straight outta the fridge, or microwaved a day or two later.
So go ahead, live your best life and get a large pizza for one person. Heck, order two. You know it’ll still be good tomorrow. 618 McCullough Ave., (210) 223-5587. — AB