We give Pizzitola’s two thumbs up and would give more if we had more thumbs. Between Pit Master David Reynosa’s 16 years of experience and the friendly staff, Pizzitola’s BBQ can truly hold its own. And we are not the only ones who have noticed. Chef G. Garvin from Road Trip on the Cooking Channel featured the restaurant’s fall-off-the-bone ribs.
From the moment we stepped through the doors we felt incredibly welcome. The walls were covered with Texas memorabilia and the restaurant was packed with a smiling lunchtime crowd of Houstonians Pizzitola’s Bar-B-Cue air with the hum of conversation. The best part was the mouth-watering smell emanating from the open kitchen. Our table was set up in record-time, and our waitresses Betty and Cindy were more than helpful. There was never a moment when we felt forgotten. Seriously, not one of us ever ran out of Arnold Palmer tea. Not wanting us to miss out on the full experience, they made sure we each got a taste of their famous ribs.
Our waitresses also introduced us to Josh Scott, who was kind enough to show a few of us the brick pits that are responsible for the simmering slabs of ribs, brisket and chicken. After our tour and our meal we left with the delicious taste of banana pudding on our palates, a bittersweet goodbye to a fantastic experience. Luckily for those of us who intend to return, the restaurant will still be a part of Houston tomorrow as it has been for over 70 years.
When it comes to discussing who has the best BBQ in town, Houstonians can argue for days, months and even years. That said, Pizzitola’s is one of the top-notch places in the city to get your grub on. The more we explore our city, the more we realize that we truly have some special people here. And you can find some of those special people cooking and serving BBQ at Pizzitola’s.
• Try the ribs; they are so good you won’t even need sauce!
1703 Shepherd Drive Houston, TX 77007
Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Free parking in the lot next to the restaurant