With so many choices in McKinney, it is hard to find time to try them all, but we encourage you to try. I consider three primary components of great pizza: the crust, the toppings and the cooking method.
In my mind it all starts with the crust. I prefer a Neapolitan crust, thinner but still a bit chewy. It’s a simple recipe with no oil or sugar added, which makes it ample for cooking at a high temperature. You may prefer a thick Chicago style, New York style or a flatbread.
In talking with local pizza purveyors, one thing was repeated over and over, the most popular toppings here in McKinney are meat. Where else in our diet would we find a place for pepperoni, sausage, bacon and beef?
I enjoy wood fire pizza because of its crisp bottom and smoky flavor. Many pizzerias use an oven to bake their pizzas on a stone, and some (such as flatbreads) are grilled.
Here is a small sampling of pizzas available in McKinney. You will find full service restaurants, take-out, BYOB and delivery. So stay in McKinney and “mangiare!”.
Both thin and Chicago crust pizza along with flatbreads available: Their live yeast is what makes their pizza so unique. The Ultimate Pepperoni with both sliced and diced pepperoni is a crowd pleaser. The double meat with sausage, peppers and meatballs is also popular and something you can make into a meal.
They serve New York style pizza baked in a stone-based oven. They are proud of the ingredients; only unbleached, unbromated flour and Stanislaus tomatoes. The most frequently ordered pizza is the Meat Lovers Pizza, with pepperoni, sausage, beef, Canadian bacon and breakfast bacon.
Cadillac Pizza Pub
This wood-fired pizza is served in Historic Downtown McKinney. Their pizzas are served with fresh Texas-grown vegetables, along with local meats and cheeses. A real crowd pleaser is the Smoky Pie with Texas barbecue sauce and local smoked brisket. Be an artist and create a pizza with a wide variety of sauce, cheese, meat and vegetable choices. Then, sit back and listen to live music while it cooks.
This authentic, Neapolitan style pizza is the only VPN (Vera Pizza Napoletetana) certified pizzeria in McKinney. Their pizza is cooked in a wood fire oven at 900° for 90 seconds. They use fresh mozzarella and homemade sausage, which makes both the margherita and sausage pizza favorites.
New York style pizza made with only fresh ingredients. Their Supreme Pizza is popular, but ordering by the slice is also available.
This is the earliest pizza establishment in McKinney. Opening in 1969, Jim’s is a family-run business offering a thin and fluffy crust, with a bit more yeast in it. Jim’s Combination and the Bacon Ranch Pizza are ordered most often.
With 40 years of family experience, Johnny C’s prepares a New York- Neapolitan thin crust pizza. The Work’s and The Meat Lovers Pizza are both popular.
This restaurant has a happy atmosphere, or like they call it “Mellow.” These pizzas are based on a unique flavor profile. Their crust is a little chewy made with spring water and molasses. You can create your own flavors or try one like the Holy Shiitake Pie drizzled with garlic aioli.
Palio's Pizza Café
They have a variety of pizza choices, which will delight anyone in your family. They serve thin crust and their customers’ favorite is “The Ralphie” with Alfredo ranch sauce, Canadian bacon, roasted chicken, bacon and two cheeses.
Papa Murphy's Pizza
They offer take-n-bake pizza in both original crust and a delightful thin crust. Their Signature Pepperoni has always been the most popular pizza, but their Gourmet selection is also well liked. They sell more pizzas on Friday night than any other day of the week.
These grilled flatbreads are all made in house. The Arrabiata (angry in Italian) is four cheeses, flatbread with sausage, pepperoni, purple onions and fennel. Popular, and maybe becoming a regular on the menu, is the pulled pork with caramelized onions and a chipotle barbecue sauce.
About the author: Debbie Denissen writes about food for McKinney Magazine.
Learn more about these Chamber member restaurants:
Blue Olive Grill
Boston’s - The Gourmet Pizza Restaurant and Sports Bar
Braum’s Ice Cream & Dairy Store
Buffalo Wild Wings
Cadillac Pizza Pub
Chili’s Grill and Bar
Churchill’s British Restaurant & Pub
Collin County Courthouse Cafe
Culver’s of McKinney
El Chico Cafe
Gather in Downtown McKinney
Hamm’s Custom Meats
Harry’s at the Harbor
Johnny C’s Italian Restaurant
Louisiana Street Grill
Olive Garden – McKinney
On The Border – West McKinney
Papa Murphy’s Pizza – Hardin
Petra Fresh Mexican Bistro
Quiznos Subs #4057
Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers Restaurant
Rockfish Seafood Grill
Saltgrass Steakhouse #24
San Miguel Grill
Snug on the Square
Spring Creek Barbeque
Thai Noodle Wave