There are 3 Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants that are Yelp’s “Best Pizza Locations” in North America

One of the best pizzerias in the United States is located in the Dallas suburb of Louisville, according to a recent listing from Yelp.

Motor City Pizza, a Detroit-style pie shop on FM 407 in Louisville, is ranked #16 in the US and is the only restaurant in the top 20 restaurants in Texas.

It bears repeating: Motor City is the best pizzeria in Texas, if you ask Yelp.

The restaurant has seen a significant uptick in business since the Yelp listing was published in late January 2023, says owner Greg Tierney.

Tierney is a Michigan native who opened Motor City as a pop-up during the pandemic. It was a common and clever idea shared by many other emerging restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth who realized that pizza was pandemic-friendly food and that the pop-up model kept costs down. Tierney moved his restaurant to a permanent location in Lewisville in October 2021, first for migration and later for sit-down service, by fall 2022.

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Yelp listings can be a scratch because they use data to create “better” directories on the computer. Restaurants that seem obvious to frequent eaters (and also food journalists) are often excluded from these popular lists. But Yelp has strength with consumers, and getting the Yelp nod is a great reason to celebrate a small company like Motor City.

“Duck” is a specialty pizza in Louisville’s Motor City that comes topped with jambalaya: blackened chicken, lobster, Andouille sausage and Cajun cream sauce.(Courtesy of Motor City Pizza)

A Yelp blog post says the Motor City’s Chicken Strips Potato Chips have been a huge hit. And the pizzas are baked “in traditional blue steel pans – the same way Detroiters have been making pizzas since 1946”.

The menu includes typical Detroit-style pizza with Wisconsin brick cheese, pepperoni, and red sauce as well as funky items like a Perea pie and a brisket and bacon pizza created for Flower Mound mayor Derek France. One called “Duck,” named after Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, is topped with jambalaya in honor of his Louisiana upbringing.

Written by Stephen S. Wilbur.

What’s the deal with Detroit-style pizza in Dallas now?

Consumers looking to get the best pizza in the country, at least according to Yelp, will need to make a trip to Pasadena, California, to a restaurant called Sapori Di 786 Degrees.

View a map of all 100 US restaurants listed by Yelp.

Other Texas restaurants on this “Best Pizza” list are:

  • Paparazzi Pizza in Carrollton, No. 28
  • Ashay Pizza in Houston, 30th
  • Slice of Pizza City in Fort Worth, #33
  • Pedroso’s Pizza in Austin, #34
  • Market Street Pizza in Austin, #90

We wondered out loud (on the Eat Drink D-FW podcast) if Dallas is a pizza city. The area is filled with pizza joints—some of them are among the area’s oldest restaurants, like Campisi’s and Pizza Gianna (formerly Pizza by Marco and My Family’s Pizza), both in Dallas; Angelo’s Spaghetti and Pizza House in Irving; and Mama’s Pizza and Barton’s Pizza in Fort Worth.

Check out the podcast episode we recorded at Getty’s Pizza. This is another long-termer, open since 1968.

Dallas-Fort Worth is also home to beloved pizza joint Louie’s and fast-growing Neapolitan spot Cane Rosso’s newest. We recently named Pizzana on Knox Street the highest-grossing pizzeria to open in Dallas in years.

None of these restaurants made it to Yelp’s list. Should they have?

Motor City Pizza is located at 1425 FM 407, Louisville. Other D-FW restaurants on the list are Paparazzi Pizza at 2145 N. Josey Lane and Carrollton and Slice City Pizza at 4601 West Freeway #220, Fort Worth.

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