I can officially consider myself well educated on Chicago style pizza. Well, I’m not saying surprise me one day with a pop quiz, but I can at least speak intelligently on the subject thanks to Chicagoan turned Houstonian, Demarco Jenkins, owner of D’marcos Pizzeria.
Inheriting well-guarded recipes from the owners of his favorite Chicago pizzeria, Mama Rigetta’s, Jenkins has brought a new kind of pizza to Houston. And “new” doesn’t necessarily mean that no one in Houston is doing it. I’ll beg to argue that no one in Houston is doing it this way, this good. The key to his signature style? It lends itself to two very important components – the crust and use of fresh ingredients.
His thin crust, with a taste as though it has been hand dipped in butter, is quite thin; not cracker thin, but has enough presence as required to uphold the toppings. Low-gluten is used which is a big differentiator when it comes to his pizza. It can’t be baked in a brick oven at high temperatures (as we see at many local Italian pizza joints) and the process is very much unlike the pizza you see being tossed several feet in the air. This results in a light crust with a semi-soft center and crispy edges which is ideal if you want to try Chicago style pizza void of the ever so popular deep dish option. But don’t sleep on the deep dish because it is everything! It was not as thick as I would have imagined and you’ll actually get more of the ingredients than you will of the crust and this is a good thing.
Let’s move on to the second most important thing – the 411 on his ingredients and toppings. This my friends is when I became a forever fan. Think Stanislaus tomatoes, homemade sausage, the best cheese you can find (with no additives, no preservatives, no fillers), quality toppings (many cut fresh daily), fresh dough made everyday; I could go on and on. I’ll just say this, once you’ve tried the homemade Chicken Sausage you will never order anything on your pizza ever again.
Demarco Jenkins has done amazingly well in his first year with D’marcos Pizzeria. He is now looking to open a second location but this time he’ll be taking it inside the loop which I will agree is a great move. His approach to establish the brand in Sugar Land first will allow for an easy transition when he takes it into the city. In addition to their wonderful pizzas, they also offer appetizers, sandwiches, pasta dishes and desserts delivered from a local bakery. And on Tuesdays, you can drop by for their “2 for $20” deal.
2015 Top 15 Deep Dish in Pan Category at the International Pizza Challenge
2015 Top 10 Traditional Pizza at Pizza Pizzaz Competition
11102 South Highway 6
Sugar Land, TX. 77498