Candelari’s Pizzeria in Houston, Tx: A Very Short Overview

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Candelari’s Pizzeria is a different type of pizza place and to dine in, the name of the venue comes from Alberto Candelari, whom was known for having good taste and he started a family tradition and recipe for Italian sausage which you will notice in different items on their menus.

One of their locations is in the Washington area at 6002 Washington Avenue between Westcott and TC Jester and their hours of operations are from Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and you can eat at the venue or order to go or delivery, plus they offer happy hour specials daily from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with $2 beers and $5 red or white wines chosen by the bartender.

For their appetizers you can start out with their version of the calamari fritti which includes artichokes and shrimp for $11, or the polpette al forno which are turkey meatballs with herbs for $4, or even the antipasto plate which includes meats, cheeses, olives and crostini for $10.

As far as their pizzas you can order the Euro style ones which are very thin like the salsiccia which comes with Italian sausage, grape tomatoes and goat cheese, or the Napoletana which has fresh mozzarella, anchovies, capers and oregano for $11 or go with one of their originals such as the T-Rex which has Italian sausage, pepperoni, bacon, Andouille sausage, ground sirloin and Canadian bacon or the Gunlinger which comes with smoked turkey jalapeno sausage, jalapenos, ground sirloin, bacon and fresh cilantro at $16 for a 12 inch and $21 for a 16 inch, and this is truly their forte as far as the main menu.

However if you are not feeling pizza go for one of their entrée like the pasta telefono which is capellini pasta with olive oil, garlic, fresh roma tomatoes, basil and mozzarella for $11, or the rigatoni rustica which come with ground Italian sausage, mushrooms and spinach sautéed in a rich tomato cream sauce for $11, or even the pollo alla griglia which comes grilled and topped with artichoke hearts, sweet grape tomato and olives in a lemon sage butter sauce for $11.

The service is not bad and they are quite fast so they get a solid B, and the prices get an A while the food gets a B+ as the pizzas are great but their entrées are good but not spectacular.

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