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Pizzitola’s is a legend wishing it could play the new game where juicy briskets trump years in service. Maybe they shouldn’t change a thing. Yes, they have some issues with consistency that are inherent in the equipment that helped make them famous, but maybe we should be happy to get a taste of classic Texas barbecue just like it was decades ago. And just like their pits, that’s something you don’t find every day.

City: Houston


Method: Hickory in indirect-heat brick pits

Pitmaster: Jerry Pizzitola

Rating: ★★★

Address: 1703 Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX, 77007

Hours: M-Sat 11-8

Phone: (713) 227-2283

Website: pizzitolas.com

Year Opened: 1935

Last updated: August 27, 2015


  • Bruce Belvin

    No mention of Pizzitola’s should be made without including the legacy of the Davis family. The legacy was lost in one of Houston’s earlier rounds of gentrification and the construction of I-10. But when you talk of pitmasters like Lott, Garner and Green Mr. Davis could hold his own.