It’s a chilly Thursday night and you’ve just returned from a trainwreck of a day at work. Cooking is out of the question given your own questionable mental state, so delivery it is for dinner. Those coupons for pizza from [insert national chain here] on your fridge promise you a free two-liter of soda with your order, but somehow you doubt Diet Pepsi will take the edge off your day. Thank God for Pizza l’Vino, Houston’s pizza delivery service for grownups that offers amazing artisan pies and a wide selection of beer and wine.

Yes, that’s alcohol and pizza delivered to your door in under 30 minutes and for a reasonable price point.

That feature alone would account for Pizza l’Vino’s increasing popularity (they just opened a second location in Rice Village) but what’s really keeping their phones ringing is the diverse and well-executed selection of pizza styles. Customers have a choice of crusts (New York hand-tossed, thin, deep-dish, gluten-free) as well as sauces (red, basil pesto, white parmesan, barbeque, olive oil). Those choices alone would allow for various combinations, but add to that the lengthy list of toppings (standards like sausage and mushrooms plus standouts like caramelized pineapple and pickled jalapenos) and available cheeses (provolone, ricotta, danish bleu, and “premium Wisconsin mozzarella”) and designing your own pie becomes a dream for creative types.

Or not, for those who are paralyzed by too many choices. Pizza l’Vino has that set covered as well via its “Our Favorites” section of the menu, a carefully curated array of different topping collaborations available in all four crust options. My favorite of the “favorites” include the Meathead (Italian sausage, pepperoni, ground beef, bacon, meatballs, ham, mozzarella) and the Magic Mushroom (roasted garlic, sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, mozzarella, and parmesan sauce), though I give a special innovation award for the Chicken Scampi (pesto, roasted chicken, garlic, red onions, mushrooms, and mozzarella).

The equally extensive wine and beer list may have you scratching your head for appropriate pairings. A general rule of thumb is to pair red with meat-heavy pies; however, since rules are made to be broken I can personally vouch for the luscious mouthfeel of the Black Ridge Chardonnay intertwined with hot pepperoni. Singles and six-packs of domestic, import, and craft beers available include St. Arnold’s and Karbach varieties, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and Goose Island Urban Wheat.

It should be noted that one can order neither pizza nor vino and instead opt for appetizers, salads, pasta, and soda. And while these are respectable, especially the parmesan baked ziti, if you wanted boneless wings and a Sprite you could called Pizza Hut. Just sayin’.

Joanna O'Leary


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