Barry’s serves some of the better pizzas in town. The setting fits the bill, as it is tough to mistake Barry’s for anything other than a pizza parlor; not a bad thing at all. The tables are covered with red and white checkered tablecloths. Televisions, usually turned to a sporting event featuring a local team, are conveniently perched throughout the restaurant. Good pizza, beer and the game on the tube make for a great mix.
Barry’s offers thin crust and rectangular Sicilian-style deep-dish pizzas. Both can be very good, especially the deep-dish versions, which are the best pizzas of this type in town. The quality of the pizza begins with the crust. For the deep-dish version, it is especially buttery tasting and crispy. Even the whole-wheat crusts are pretty scrumptious. The toppings are of high quality and judiciously used. The menu states that the pizzas are cooked on stone deck ovens, just like they do in Naples, the birthplace of pizzas. Though Barry’s might not be using the traditional wood-burning ones, as they do there, you can’t tell otherwise. The smallest of the deep dish pizza size, eight-by-ten, will usually satisfy two hungry adults.
The specialty pizzas include Barry’s Special (pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, ham, bell pepper and onion), Barry’s Beef Fajita (grilled beef fajitas with pico de gallo and avocado) and the Hawaiian (with ham and pineapple). If these or the other specialty pizzas do not fit your fancy, Barry’s has the full range of toppings to help create your own. In addition to the obvious toppings, there are artichoke hearts, jalaperios, anchovies and feta cheese.
The pizzas are the real reason to visit Barry’s, but they also serve the popular Southern Italian-American dishes for those who want something different. They have salads, Italian-American subs and the popular and familiar pasta dishes. If you need some starters before the pizza or the pastas, there are Buffalo wings, breaded and fried mozzarella sticks, fried mushrooms and a regional twist on the St. Louis specialty of toasted ravioli, Spicy Fried Ravioli. These are ravioli made with ricotta, mozzarella and jalapenos, deep-fried and served with the house-made marinara sauce. Only a cardiologist could find fault with that combination.
6003 Richmond (at Fountain View)
Houston, Texas 77057
Copyright Mike Riccetti. Adapted from Houston Dining on the Cheap, and used with permission.
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