Pizzitola's BBQ

Our Ribs Will Bring You In.
Our Service Will Bring You Back.

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Our History in Houston, TX

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As with most historical tales, this one has its share of twists and turns including how a barbecue joint with deep African American roots wound up with an Italian name. It all started back in 1935 when the husband and wife team, John and Leila Davis, opened their modest BBQ restaurant called Shepherd Drive BBQ.
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Pop A Top Saturdays

$1 DOMESTIC BEERS
All day long – with purchase of entree

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Had a fantastic lunch here today and I’m returning. I had the brisket sandwich, my friend had the ribs. We both had the smoked cabbage and everything was delicious.
Vince S.
Vince S.
18:42 15 Oct 20
Great bbq ribs, great brisket and the Mac and cheese was tasty too!!! Really friendly service and fun atmosphere.
Steve W.
Steve W.
17:18 09 Oct 20
Such a friendly atmosphere and great food. Very happy that they decided to partner with Richard from HeightsBBQ and his infusion ideas.
Fred J.
Fred J.
22:14 26 Sep 20
A great, locally owned, pit BBQ restaurant. I usually get a brisket sandwich with pinto beans and tater salad. Always perfect. I have also had their beef ribs and turkey. Both smokey and perfect. The staff is super friendly and there is plenty of parking.
Daniel B.
Daniel B.
21:39 10 Sep 20
First time visit - will definitely be returning. You don't need to see the historical building marker to know this place has been here for quite some time. Its small and charming and most importantly, the food is delicious and the service is great!
Richard T
Richard T
19:00 09 Sep 20
Great BBQ Ribs and sides. Felt rushed after receiving our food. Waitress almost picked up my plate even when I was still eating my food but I think maybe she was just ready to go home but we were not the only people in the place. Well worth trying again.
Sarah L.
Sarah L.
11:55 03 Sep 20
BBQ, so tasty. it's so delicious. will surely make a return trip. this place has many great reviews for a reason.
Melinda C.
Melinda C.
04:07 01 Sep 20
BBQ and the feeling at this spot is very good. you won't be disappointed in the menu and service. certainly worth a return visit. food is like a restaurant in louisville i liked.
Steve C.
Steve C.
14:39 24 Aug 20
A preferred spot for quality BBQ. It was so delicious. The staff was very kind and attentive. I can see why they have so many great reviews.
Tom P.
Tom P.
03:39 22 Aug 20
I ordered to-go and the people were so nice who took my order. The sliced brisket was Smokey and flavorful! The bbq sauce was tangy spicy and sweet all in...
Hanna D.
Hanna D.
09:28 04 Aug 20
This is absolutely the best BBQ I have eaten in Houston! by far!!!! I eat BBQ almost every week, and there are some pretty good places. The problem with most of them is they have to over season the meat to make up for not knowing how to cook the meat. Yeah it taste ok, but this places knows how to... COOK the meat. I’m blown away! Highly recommend it!read more
B B
B B
23:50 30 Jul 20
Great spot for spare ribs in Houston as this has been here forever.Great taste, great sauce. Pizzitola's is a staple here in Houston.For other types of...
Matt S.
Matt S.
15:35 12 Jul 20
Had a brisket sandwich and potato salad. The staffers were really nice and I got the food quickly. The sauce was a little tangy for me, but the meat tasted very good.
Derek G.
Derek G.
18:32 10 May 20
I came here from New Orleans with my employer and his wife. He currently has brain cancer and was very sick for three weeks. It was touch and go. This is important because when he started talking again all he could say was John’s Barbecue. After a week he explained more and we found out about John... and Lela Davis, Shepherd Drive Barbecue Stand, the history, how it changed hands and is now Pizztola’s. Of course I ordered a rack of ribs immediately and y’all made him the happiest man alive!! They were everything he remembered and then some. Pizztola’s has carried on the tradition built by the Davis family with excellence. That is not an easy feat with barbecue. Thank you so much for making the meal he has wanted for months extraordinary. We will be back in a few days.read more
teriw989
teriw989
21:07 03 Apr 20
This place is definitely one of the finest place to eat in the neighborhood. Every time I come there I am deeply satisfied. They always keep their high standard service and the highest level of food they serve. You surely will enjoy this this restaurant. Highly recommended.
John B.
John B.
13:24 17 Mar 20
It was good. Sauce could have been better but meat was good. If I was in the area again I would stop in again
shannen T.
shannen T.
22:53 26 Feb 20
You want a real Texas bbq experience? This is your place. The grub is sooooo damn good. The atmosphere in there is exactly right. One of my favorites.
Alicia H.
Alicia H.
13:55 04 Feb 20
I'm glad to learn that you're reducing prices. I think the ribs are outstanding, but the prices have kept me away. A rib lunch at Pizzitola's is a budget-buster!
Tom G.
Tom G.
15:17 21 Jan 20
This should be your go-to spot for spareribs in Houston, no doubt about it. This place has been a Houston BBQ institution for years and once you experience...
Cynthia V.
Cynthia V.
05:36 06 Nov 19
Nice quaint building with a very country atmosphere located in the Heights area of Houston. Excellent & friendly service.I had the ribs, pinto beans and...
Royce C.
Royce C.
14:55 18 Jun 19