Dallas >Campisi's Egyptian Restaurant
What else to say?. Not much to say that hasn't already been covered here, but I absolutely love this place and their pizza. In fact, if I ever moved, it would be the one place I missed the most! I'd have to have them ship their pizza or something. But even then, it wouldn't be the same. There's just something about that dark hole-in-the wall atmosphere with awesome food and friendly people!
Any night is a good night, but I love Friday's best and if you go early there isn't much of a wait. The statement: Best Pizza Anywhere, is in fact the Gospel Truth of Metroplex dining.. Joe Campisi's the Egyptian Italian Resturant is my favorite Italian resturant in the city. I was first taken there as a small child with my brother and my parent and a family friend and his family. I agree with what fcbx said about the reviewer getting the opening dates wrong, the original resturant has been open long before 1964, the Egyptian actually opened in 1946 as another critic rightly pointed out. My parents were first taken there by my grandparents when they were small children too. The pizza is by far the best in the metroplex. The person who said it doesn't even compare to New York pizza has probably never eaten New York pizza either. The other items on and the menu are just as good. The sauce is exceptional and the legendary appetizer of the crab claws scampi is to die for. One of my favorite orders there is a the crab claws scampi and salad as antipasto followed by the lasagne and meatballs with sauce, along with a good bottle of Italian red wine, and then of course you order the pizza as a take home item. The sauce reminds me of my grandfather's except he uses more wine in his sauce I believe. The pizza has rich and fullfilling flavors that start from the crispy crust and work their way up through a rich and delicious pizza sauce, good cheeses, and of course the toppings are spread on lavishly. While famous for the chunk pepperoni, you should also try the other toppings as well. I hope in the future the, "reviewer" will pay more attention to the actual history and true facts of this place. The Egyptian did get something of a bad reputation when a famous Major League Basebal Umpire was shot and hurt seriously just outside the resturant. It was a terrible thing, but don't let something like this stop you from going, because it is in a well patroled and relatively safe neighborhood. Please check out "Campisi" as it is affectionately called, even though it does have the unusual name of, The Egyptian, for an Italia Ristorante'. Molto deliciosos!
A Historic Standard. I don't know how long the editor has been around but he/she has it wrong. I don't know exactly how long Campisi's has been around, but 1964 is flat out wrong. I remember going there on my first date as a freshman at Jesuit in the fall of 1960. There is just something special about those thin, oblong pizzas. I've been eating them for years. One of the nicest sideline benefits of moving back to Dallas from Arlington was being able to live within easy driving distance of Campisi's. The drive over from Arlington got to be a real irritation, but not enough of an irritation to keep me away. Don't let anything keep you away from Campisi's pizza. Try the meatbal pizza with extra cheese.
Good Pizza. May not be New York Pizza but as a Native Texan I'm not sure I would like New York Pizza anyway. Good pizza, great crab claws great atmosphere, if you are looking for New York Pizza go back to New York.
Possibly worse pizza in the world!.
This certainly is not New York Pizza, or even a sad approximation of same. It may however be authentic Egyptian pizza. Actually, it does seem like something my ancestors may have been forced to subsist on during 40 long dry years in the dessert! Thin, burnt, square, and strangely pointless pizzas. The pasta dishes are also notably insipid.
There is always a line to get in, but this is as much a reflection of the total lack of seating as of their totally overblown reputation. It seems that the lines in front of the restaurant account for their reputation as much as the food. Highly recommended by many Texans I know, but almost never by people with experience with northeastern Italian fare.
I would actually recommend a Dominoes delivery over this stuff.
Dallas landmark since 1946. Unique racetrack shaped pizza, wonderful salad, and the crabclaws are to die for. I have been less than impressed with the pasta dishes, but the ambiance works for me, especially on the old side of the restaurant. Affordable and good!
Resting on their reputation..
My new office is within walking distance to this restaurant.
People from my office rave about their italian food and especially their pizza and how they have been in business for over 50 years.
Well, don't waste your time.
As a full blooded italian-american who knows a thing or three about real italian food and pizza, they are way overrated.
Their pizza crust was crunchy and the sauce was undercooked.
I laughed when I read several of the other reviews (Best pizza in the world, wish I could get it flown in, etc).
If I was on a desert island and had my choice of this restaurant's pizza or a hot dog from a sport stadium grill, I'd choose the hot dog.
Obviously, many of the people reviewing this restaurant are native to Texas and have no idea what good pizza is.
Stick to reviewing the BBQ places Y'all !!!
Bad parking. Love it, best pizza in metroplex. We drive from Arlington, Tx to eat there. like the wine list, and the side room when you have A private party.
I have been going to Campisi's for about 30 years......last taste as good as the first. Joe's Toast is nothing less than a sin.....the salads are always cool and crisp, the pizza is the best ~ unique and flavorful. The ingredients are fresh and never "scimped" on.
I much prefer the "old side" to the new....that is where the atmosphere is. 60 years of history to savor along with fabulous food. The service is excellent!
I have been to some of the other stores, but I guess the old kitchen just can't be beat ~ the original restaurant is by far the best.
This landmark has been dishing pizzas and pastas since 1964, building a large and loyal following..
It's so dark in the original dining room that sunshine from the opening door hurts the eyes. Windows line the second, much-larger room, which features a long bar and seems incongruous with the first room's Mafia-chic decor. Red- and white-checkered tablecloths, unobtrusive service and individual jukeboxes cocoon visitors in a private haven. But fellow diners are friendly enough to offer newbies a slice of their pie.
This is not the place for froufrou sides of parsley. Rectangular pizzas, divvied up into squares, feature substantial toppings: chunks of pepperoni, not dainty slices. Slabs of cheese, not shreds. The tomato sauce may be too bitter for those used to modern pizzas, but that hasn't stopped legions of diners from ordering it. Salads are simple, as are pastas. Also popular is the thick fettuccini glossed with butter and garlic.
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