Where to Get Authentic, Boston-Style Pizza in Texas
While my little brother was still sucking on a bland, plastic pacifier, I was happily chomping on a rich and chewy Neapolitan crust in the kitchen of the pizza joint my grandparents owned in Plano, Texas. (You’ll have to take that up with mom, Scott).
Ever since that early introduction to the concept of pizza, I’ve been passionate about the humble dish and have had the infinite pleasure of eating at some of the best pizza places in the world: Da Baffetto in Rome; Motorino in Brooklyn; Lou Malnati’s in Chicago; and my all time fave—Campisi’s in Dallas.
But recently, I’ve added another name to this formidable list: the Boston-bred Parziale’s Pizzeria in Canyon Lake, Texas. The Parziale family came here from the historic North End of Boston and bring over 100 years of pizza-making tradition to the region that has been passed down from one generation to the next.
Fortunately, and to the gastronomical relief of the entire community, Vincent Parziale moved to the Hill Country to retire in 2004 but couldn’t find a good pie to eat around here (ya think?). So Mr. Parzaile tasked his son, Peter, to carry the torch at the current location here on the lake. “Our family’s been making hand-made pizzas since 1907,” says Peter Parziale. “So I take a great deal of pride in sharing our traditions and serving our family’s recipes to the folks here in Canyon Lake.”
Parziale’s sits in a quaint strip center off of FM 306 looking out on Canyon Lake. There’s just a couple of picnic tables outdoors and seating for about 20 inside, but most people order take-out anyway so they can get back on the water or watch a movie at home. I must say that the place is super-clean. When I dropped in, Peter showed me around the kitchen and the back area of the restaurant and I was literally shocked at how well-kept and sparkling everything was. (You don’t see that every day).Continued on the next page