HOUSTON – Barstool Sports activities ‘El Presidente’ Dave Portnoy was in Houston final week inking some offers and chowing down on two native pizza joints. It was all a part of Dave’s well-known “One Chew Overview Collection” of companies throughout the nation.
The principles are easy: one chew of pizza and Barstool Dave ranks it on a scale of 1 to 10. Something above a 7 is taken into account exceptional as a result of he’s a reasonably robust pizza critic. Sadly, solely one of many two locations I’ve visited in Houston, made the slice.
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Frank’s Pizza at 417 Travis St. in downtown is one in every of Houston’s all-time favourite pizza locations, with clients typically lined out the door.
“It is one of many locations whenever you’re strolling like hey, I am hungry, let’s come to Frank’s,” mentioned Ruben Valles.
Nonetheless, pop-culture icon, Barstool Sports activities ‘El Presidente’ Dave Portnoy, wasn’t offered.
“That is drunk pizza. I do not know what to say. Like, I do not know what else to say. I really like Houston, the individuals have been nice. I can’t lie. Love me, hate me, I can’t lie ; it is a 5.4, that is our overview,” mentioned Portnoy throughout his overview posted to Instagram and Twitter.
Frank’s clients had been fast to defend the joint.
“I really like pizza general, however this must be among the greatest pizza in Houston,” mentioned Gregorio Morales. “That man should be drunk himself if he is saying that.”
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Portnoy additionally tasted a slice from The Gypsy Poet on 2404 Austin St. in Midtown and this time, he was very impressed.
“That is 10 minutes after it got here out of the oven. I’ll go 7.8, and I believe this is able to’ve had a legit likelihood to be within the 8’s if I had it contemporary,” Portnoy mentioned.
The house owners of The Gypsy Poet, Vanessa Fernandez and Cesar Monticelli are from Venezuela.
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The couple opened the pizza parlor in September 2019 and in contrast to most eating places, their family-owned enterprise really discovered a majority of their success in the course of the pandemic. They are saying the gypsy’s secret lies of their dough.
“We do not need to comply with any guidelines, we create our personal method. It is one thing between totally different kinds of pizza. We make the dough every single day, and we wait 48 hours to make use of it, so it is lengthy fermented. In that approach, it is very easy to digest,” Fernandez mentioned.
Earlier than opening, Fernandez and Monticelli mentioned they did not have any skilled culinary expertise, as their backgrounds had been in civil engineering and journalism.
Monticelli mentioned the enterprise solely has one oven and operates with a small workforce of 9 individuals who work every single day of the week. They’re at the moment engaged on plans to open a second location in Houston.
“This (Jose Altuve bobblehead) is our totem. He brings us luck and folks love him too, however we love individuals from Philadelphia, so in the event that they need to come right here and eat our pizza, come on,” Monticelli provides.
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The 2 house owners hope Portnoy will return to Houston quickly to attempt their pizza once more, this time contemporary out of the oven.
Portnoy and Barstool Sports activities have turn out to be pop-culture icons with tens of millions of followers on social media. The Gypsy Poet says they have been flooded with orders because the overview got here out, and so they’re grateful for the particular shout-out proper earlier than the World Collection.