Pizzitola's BBQ

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

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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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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.
19:11 29 Jun 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
Love this place! Great staff. These ladies are very friendly and go out of there way to serve you. Food is amazing, at decent prices. Highly recommended! If your a BBQ LOVER YOU WILL LOVE PIZZITOLAS.
Melissa L.
Melissa L.
01:17 21 Nov 19
As always, the service was friendly and quick. The ribs are definitely in a class of their own. The best barbecue in town.
Lawrence R.
Lawrence R.
20:45 15 Nov 19
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